Testimonials

EDUCATORS/ LIBRARIANS

“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, North Star Career Day

“The program was very good! The children enjoyed the program and expressed their opinions about bullying and drew carto0ns (comic) books.”

- Ms. Deloris Moses, Supervisor (Weequahic Branch Library & Clinton Branch Library – Newark, NJ)|Bullying Prevention Program

“This session on debating was enjoyed by our participants. The group discussed what debating was. Discussed debates that they had participated and then debated on whether computers should replace teachers. The two sides did an excellent job on debating their views. The children enjoyed it.”

- Clara Wilson, Lead librarian (Springfield Branch Library- Newark,NJ)|Public Speaking- Debate Workshop

“This program encouraged the children of various ages to listen, write, then read their essays to the audience. The leaders of this program are very connected with the children and this relationship truly inspires the children to participate and step out of their comfort zones. Love the Gem Project !!!”

- Heather Rivera, Lead librarian (North-End Library,-Newark, NJ)| Public Speaking- Debate Workshop

VOLUNTEERS

[From a debate workshop, 12 year-old Aida R. (Attends MLVRCS) was a judge] “Team opportunity won because I liked what they said about not getting lost with their uniforms and how it showed school spirit. They also said, “If you don’t– it will feel like a normal day. I liked the program because it was helpful for the kids because now they know what a debate is and how to have one.”

- Aida R. Age-12 | North-End NPL Branch

“Students were engaged in the debate activity and gave great points to support their topic. It really shows how important communication skills are and that gaining it at an early age is essential for personal growth.”

- Amira Onibudo, BloomBOXTV President, Bloomfield College Senior | Public Speaking- Speech Development at  Springfield NPL Branch

“As a broadcast journalism major, I know the importance of public speaking. Having young children gain experience in practicing speech will be beneficial to their future endeavors. All of the speeches were wonderful and I can tell that each student left with much more confidence.”

- Amira Onibudo, BloomBOXTV President, Bloomfield College Senior | Public Speaking- Debate Workshop at  North-End NPL Branch

PARENTS

” Hello, I am Mrs. Laura Hernandez, Eliel’s mother. I am so glad we were here for the program. I enjoyed the program because all of you were helpful to the students. You were friendly and praised the children a lot.  You also allowed and helped my son to participate in a learning program.  This is the first time that he has been in this program. Thank you.”

- Mrs. Laura Hernandez (Newark, NJ)| Public Speaking- Debate Workshop at  North-End NPL Branch

Lead. Be Brazen–

  • “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

Lead. Be Resilent–

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

Lead. Be Strong–

  • “When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.” – Betty Bender