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An Orientation of Leaders

To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect coming to my first on-boarding orientation for The Gem Project nonprofit organization on Saturday, March 1st. I arrived at the North End Branch of the Newark Public Library and settled in at a waiting area with three other young women who were also waiting for the [...]

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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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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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The Gem Project Partners with Monique Coleman’s New Talk Show, Gimme Mo’

What’s your Mo’? Gimme Mo’ is the brain child of Disney’s  High School musical star, Monique Coleman. Widely known as “Taylor” in the hit TV series,  Coleman left Hollywood to find another way to change the world.  She did so by launching a new talk show,  aimed for teens this  fall. Coleman’s show is set to [...]

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A lesson on passion: From speaking at Stop Shootin’ Young Entrepreneurship Program

The founder of The Gem Project had the honor to present at this year’s Stop Shootin’ Young  Entrepreneurship Program (YEP), which took place at the United Way of Essex and West Hudson Counties. The YEP is a 6 – week  summer long  program geared toward youth between age 13-18, which teaches youth the principles of [...]

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At The Palace: Debuting our Gem Project Autism Quilt In Partnership With MyGOAL (Photo)

The Gem Project Autism Quilt program partnered with MyGOAL not-for-profit organization earlier this year. MyGOAL is a not-for-profit organization that provides support groups, grants, educational seminars, and empowerment activities for families and individuals affected by or are on the autism spectrum. Dear  Friends, This Saturday, a few Gem Project members will be attending the 4th Annual MyGOAL Autism Gala. It [...]

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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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Our quilt program (the autism quilt’s journey)/a Gem Project pursuit

Two days ago we were preparing for one of our programs, the autism quilt, which if you examine our projects is the outlier among the list. It’s truly unique. We held a gifting ceremony with the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration to award them with our quilt. It’s a major youth issue and now adult issue, [...]

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–

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

Lead. Be Strong–

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