The Gem Project Announces 8 New Appointments to Board of Directors

NEWARK, N.J., Jul. 21, 2020 — The Gem Project, Inc. announced today that it had appointed 8 new incoming Board of Directors to serve two-year terms from July 2020- June 2022.

The incoming 2020-2022 cohort includes: Ms. Elizabeth Abitanto, MPA., Managing Director,  NJLEEP; Mr. Kyle Burford, CISA., Internal Controls Lead, Square Space; Ms. Laureen Delance, MPA.,  Assistant Director of Internships, Office of Career Services – Kean University; Ms. Natasha Dyer, MPA.,Deputy Director, The Newark Trust for Education; Ms. Brittany S. Hale, Esq., Founder and CEO, BND Consulting Group; Mr. Quintus Jett. PhD, President at Abundance for America, LLC.; Ms. Mia Legaspi-Cavin, MA, Senior Program Associate, Vera Institute of Justice; and Mr. Kehinde Togun, MPP, Senior Director, The Arkin Group. Ms. Hale and Ms. Legaspi-Cavin were appointed officer positions serving as Vice Chair and Secretary respectively.

The 14+ year-old not-for-profit organization focused on youth organizing and service-learning within a social justice framework in Newark, New Jersey was recently selected by WW National Fellowship Foundation as a Civic Spring Grantee, 6 initiatives chosen across the country, and 2020 ArtStart grantee, 15 local not-for-profit organizations chosen across the city of Newark, New Jersey.

“Our outgoing Board members were pivotal in setting the foundation of our Gem Project Fellowship program, which began in 2018,” Amanda Ebokosia, CEO, The Gem Project,  said in statement, “ I am very excited about our 2020-2022 cohort of Board members. Their collective and individual experiences will take our organization to new heights, while keeping our youth at the forefront of change and at the center of every initiative.”

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About The Gem Project, Inc.

Founded in 2006, The Gem Project serves to boost high school to college student engagement through youth organizing, employment, peer-mentoring, and service-learning initiatives that take on a social justice approach. The Gem Project has been featured in Forbes Magazine,, Black Enterprise, and highlighted by the Barack Obama Administration on the White House Blog, for youth-run initiatives.

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