Gem Project PARTNER NEWS: MyGOAL, Inc. Releases Autism Grant/Awards Application (Due: 8/1/2012)

  * MyGOAL is a not-for-profit organization that provides support and assistance to families    and individuals affected by or on the autism spectrum. MyGOAL is a partner with the Gem Project autism quilt program. MyGOAL is giving away a grant to four families affected by autism  and an award an outstanding autism advocate/ community leader. Deadline to Apply: August  1, 2012. If you’re not affected by autism […]

The Minuteman Press in Bloomfield, NJ helps the Gem Project reach 10,000 homes

The Minuteman Press in Bloomfield, NJ helps the Gem Project reach 10,000 homes Bloomfield, NJ – May 30, 2012 –  In operation for 19 years, the Minuteman Press in Bloomfield, NJ has always held a high standard of commitment for quality service.  Freddie Pokrzywa, owner of the Bloomfield location, and their manager Sam Olivero have […]

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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 […]

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 […]

(Event Review) – Gem Project Honoree Awarded by Friends of DeNiqua Matias & City of Newark, NJ

          Hello Gems! Gem Project members Sacha Matthews and Reema Hoshan accompanied the founder, Amanda A. Ebokosia, as she was honored with several esteemed women for the award’s ceremony, “Women of Strength, Honor, and Service.” The event took place on March 25, 2012; ironically it was on the very day that […]

The Gem Project’s Guest Post on Friends of Ebonie: a resource for philanthropists, nonprofits, and leaders!

  A message to our friends and supporters: We recently found out yesterday that our founder, Amanda A. Ebokosia, was chosen by Ebonie Johnson Cooper, founder of, to feature a guest post as part of her Women’s History Month highlight. It is truly an honor that Friends of Ebonie gave us the platform to talk about […]

The Gem Project releases the first set of images from their Define Real Beauty Campaign

  The Gem Project Releases the first set of images from their Define Real Beauty Campaign Newark, NJ – November 16, 2011- The Gem Project has released the first set of  photos from their traveling awareness exhibit, Define Real Beauty. The Gem Project Define Real Beauty Campaign’s purpose is to explore the wide-spectrum of beauty from varying cultures, […]

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SunSum Drummers & Lady Jam Headline The Gem Project II Annual Ceremony (Review & Photos)

“The Gem Project 2nd Annual Achievement Ceremony Review- From Our Hearts To Yours“ Above Image:  UFCNB SUNSUM Drummers : Pat Dillon and Danette Adams open and close the event with an African drumming presentation.   August 17, 2011- Wednesday, The Gem Project held their 2nd annual achievement ceremony at the Auditorium of the main Newark […]

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Founder of The Gem Project Speaks to 65 Teens on Bridging Leadership with Entrepreneurship to Execute their Goals!

“Executing Goals by Bridging Entrepreneurial Skills with Leadership” Tuesday, July 12, 2011-The founder of The Gem Project, Amanda A. Ebokosia, was sought out to speak to the teenagers of Teen Travel Camp by camp counselor Ms. Karen N. Lee and was approved by their director, Mr. Erik Montgomery.  Ebokosia led her talk on “Executing Goals […]

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The Gem Project Speak at Scholarship Benefit, to aid Dunrobin Primary School in Jamaica, Led by Miss Jamaica US-2010

“The Gem Project Speak at Scholarship Benefit, to aid Dunrobin Primary School in Jamaica, led by Miss Jamaica US-2010, Kerisa Harriott” Dunrobin Primary School is based in St. Andrews, Jamaica. The benefit took place in Queens, NY, named after Mr. Michael W. Harriott, Kerisa’s late father who served as a noble police officer and role-model.  […]

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Lead. Be Brazen–

  • “The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it.” – Elaine Agather

Lead. Be Resilent–

  • “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

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