About Us

The Gem Project : Our Story – The youth are capable of being  the next global pioneers and well-informed leaders of social change right now. They don’t have to wait to be that change they wish to see in our world.  They can act on it today! The Gem Project is a not-for-profit organization that […]


  The Gem Project is run currently entirely by volunteerism.  Our members enjoy the work that we do! We appreciate any support given whether it’s kind words or a donation to help aide our efforts to provide innovative programs.  Our programs aim to inform youth on important issues, while encouraging personal growth so that they […]

Our Programs

  The Interactive Literacy Program: Gem Project volunteers lead a literacy program which involves a discussion, reading/ writing session, and an interactive activity centered around a particular theme that they are trying to address. Gem Project volunteers run this project on a weekly basis, while traveling to a different site each week.  The sites may […]

Chapter Applications

Photo: Eazyland

We are constantly looking for the right people to start collegiate or secondary school chapters under our organization, The Gem Project. If you have an interest in leadership, youth, and education and believe you can establish one at your school—can apply through a primary application:

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  • Double Take: Stereotypes of a Smart Kid : Akintunde Ahmad

    “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid,” said  actress Lupita Nyong’o recently as she accepted her first Oscar win at the 2014 Academy Awards. Everyone in the audience was teary-eyed. When the underdog wins it gives people hope that they too can get recognition for their achievements. Many of us urbanites can identify […]

  • Movers, Shakers & World Changing Women

      Hundreds of women, young and old gather in Centennial Hall at the Newark Public Library in NJ to have their voices heard at the 2nd Annual State of the 21st Century Black Woman Empowerment Conference hosted by the Beta Alpha Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. The conference was held in the […]

  • Baltimore welcomes the future of higher education for the annual NASPA 2014 Conference

    Over a thousand undergraduate, graduate, and working professionals from all across the United States gathered for the annual National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Conference, this year held in Baltimore, Maryland. According to its official website, the NASPA organization was founded in 1919 as the “Conference of Deans and Advisers of Men” and has […]

  • Find Your Success

    It is rather interesting how our experiences in life shape and mold us into the people we are today. It creates what we call “character,” which is a huge part of our personalities. In the midst of them, we often complain about our struggles and hardships. If those struggles and hardships never occurred, how could […]

  • 9-1-1 Emergency: Rutgers New Crime Alert Initiative

    Recently, The Star Ledger’s Kelly Heyboer published an article, about a new initiative established by Rutgers University-Newark campus to alert students of crimes that occur in areas surrounding the campus as well as the areas most frequented by students, such as train stations and subway stations throughout Newark. The New Brunswick campus also began to […]

  • Do What You Love: A Personal Narrative

    “We look up to you as our teachers and our leaders, How are we supposed to achieve success? If the person that is supposed to be our biggest fan is never in the bleachers? It’s like chasing a dream with the coach that has no faith in the team…. Ask them [your children] what their […]

  • An Orientation of Leaders

    To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect coming to my first on-boarding orientation for The Gem Project nonprofit organization on Saturday, March 1st. I arrived at the North End Branch of the Newark Public Library and settled in at a waiting area with three other young women who were also waiting for the […]


    According to the New York Times, the forever dreaded SAT test has finally been revamped! These changes are set to take permanent effect within the next two years. The College Board determined that the SAT needed to undergo major revisions in order to accommodate this new generation of young people going into four-year colleges and […]

  • The Gem Project Becomes a Power Partner with The Activate Conference!

    Since inception, The Gem Project has implemented and encouraged programs that supported personal development, leadership and education. These elements are what our organization was founded on. It is with great excitement that we were called on by our friend and supporter,Lucinda Cross, best-selling author of The Road to Redemption and Corporate Mom Drop Outs. Cross participated in […]

  • Internship Chronicles: (Meet Bunmi)- Designed a project using photoshop!

    [VOLUNTEER NOW]-[PROGRAMS] -[UPCOMING EVENTS]- [TEAM BLOG]-[PHOTOS] Each week The Gem Project staff allows interns to document their experiences about what they’ve learned throughout their volunteer experience. We have chosen to share their work with our organization with you. It gives you, our supporters, an opportunity to see what we’re working on weekly.           […]

Lead. Be Brazen–

  • “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” – Henry David Thoreau

Lead. Be Resilent–

  • “The world belongs to the energetic.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lead. Be Strong–

  • “Leaders are people who do the right thing; managers are people who do things right.” – Warren G. Bennis