The Gem Project teaches leadership styles & entrepreneurship at North Star Academy’s Career Day!

The Gem Project was recommended by one of our supporters — Ms. King,  who works for North Star Academy, to participate in their annual Career Day. Our founder joined several individuals on April 24, 2012 at North Star Academy in Newark, NJ.

As retrieved from their literature that day,

“North Star academy is a member of Uncommon Schools, a network of outstanding urban public charter schools working to close the achievement gap in the Northeast and to prepare low-income students to succeed in college. Uncommon provides its schools with the essential services that allow school leaders to focus on instructional leadership including staff recruitment, professional development, facility acquisition and financing, financial management, fund development, technology, and advocacy.”

Our founder was able to teach three forty-five minute sessions from  9: 15 AM to 11:40 AM. It was a great experience overall. We managed to take photos of our last session, see below. One of the teachers of North Star Academy, Ms. Sharp, teaches special education. Ms. Sharp was given our class to monitor for the day.

Our presentation: Executing goals by bridging your entrepreneurial spirit with leadership skills.

Ms. Sharp had this to say:

“The presentation highlighted several ways in which students could use leadership qualities and styles to break into the entrepreneurial world. Engaging facts about how young people have “made it big” were encouraging and interesting to students.”

- Ms. Sharp

North Star Academy

High School teacher

In our presentation we included a 10 minute clip about passion and motivation, which also led into a great discussion. We covered six main leadership styles, basic business plan structure, overview of our first social entrepreneurial pursuits, listing of where teenagers and young adults can apply for grants weekly, and an informative trivia game on entrepreneurs.

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Lead. Be Brazen–

  • “Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.” -Barack Obama

Lead. Be Resilent–

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

Lead. Be Strong–

  • “What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” – Kurt Vonnegut