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Teaching “The Gem Project” to Rutgers Urban College & Community Leadership Class for 2 Days!

On two separate days, the Gem Project was invited to speak to the Urban College & Community Leadership class by instructors, Dean Walton and Angela Vena, of Rutgers University-Newark. The TA of the course, Nikita Parmer, recommended us to speak to their undergraduate students. These  students had previously learned about our work through a recent Rutgers Magazine [...]

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The Future Of Education Depends On Innovation, Hello Khan Academy

  Our students are willing to fight for the more traditional approach to education, keeping more teachers in the classroom, according to a recent debate competition conducted by the Gem Project’s interactive literacy program. February sparked an interesting question for young students who are enrolled in New Horizon Community Charter School. One February afternoon, students gathered to [...]

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The Gem Project Youth Public Debate Competition: March Topic- Instituting a ban on ‘Saggy Pants’ in the nation’s largest school system!

Program Info: Through the Gem Project Interactive Literacy Program, we are hosting a series of youth led debate competitions! March’s Debate Topic: Should the largest school system in our nation, New York City, institute a ban of wearing  ‘saggy pants’  in schools? Background Info: Serving over 1.1 million students, New York City is the largest school [...]

4 Hours To Save 4 Million Lives

Facts: Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations (GAVI) Funding and Current Conditions Today – Dave Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, hosts a summit for GAVI to fill the funding gap of $3.7 billion. There is a global shortage of over 3.5 million health care workers and services to help administer vaccines to children [...]

How do we cultivate compassion?

Credit: 30 Summit Video Cap. In a video clip provided by 30 summit, Elizabeth Broad gives insight into her life as an activist while discussing issues that she feels are vital for community progress, by raising some intriguing questions. Let’s talk about, first watch the clip: Elizabeth expresses her views as a passionate activist about [...]

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Lead. Be Brazen–

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

Lead. Be Resilent–

  • “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 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