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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Newark’s Future: The Coalition of Effective Newark Public Schools’ Community Cookout

On June 15, 2013, The Gem Project attended The Coalition of Effective Newark Public Schools’ community cookout event. It was a joyous occasion that united the Newark community to discuss the current state of the city’s public school education. It was held at the backyard of the Newark Teachers’ Union building;  located at 1019 Broad [...]

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The Gem Project Joins the Youth Ambassador Team, Apply Today!

Central Ward Newark Councilman,  Darrin S. Sharif, recently launched the Youth Ambassador program this summer. It’s a FREE weekly summer program that provides personal development and enrichment for Newark area high school students  from July 2- August 27, 2013.  We are currently accepting applications all week from students here, along with their recommendations from teacher’s [...]

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We bring our Define Real Beauty Campaign to Newark Prep, a BLENDED school!

On June 11, 2013, The Gem Project visited Newark Prep  Academy Charter School, located in Newark, NJ.  Newark Prep Academy fuses traditional learning with online learning.  Students are taught through the K-12 online learning curriculum and complete most of their learning online, during what is known as their Flex period. During this time, students receive [...]

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1 Amazing Volunteer Opportunity + Briana: “Gem, You Can Edit My Dream”

Unedited letter from Briana, 10, attends Roberto Clemente Charter School- “My dream for The Gem Project is to continue to attend the TGP and to be the next leader of TGP. And to help children that are shy, i would help them by letting them participate a little more than the children that are not [...]

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MyGOAL’s 4th Annual Gala: Changes Lives & Benefits Our Partnered Autism Quilt Program

  Earlier this year, we created a partnership with MyGOAL  and our autism quilt program. The Autism Quilt Program in partnership with MyGOAL, Inc. is a collaborative project that serves as a tool for promoting awareness about autism, while enforcing the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. You may read more about the program here.  On [...]

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