“ Named by Forbes as a Millennial on a Mission and recently, among 20 leaders to watch in America in 2016 by Ladybrille Magazine, Amanda A. Ebokosia is a Nigerian-American freelance journalist and Founder & CEO of The Gem Project, Inc., a nonprofit organization that educates school-age children, youth and young adults about the issues that affect them and their communities by getting involved in service-learning projects. Through the involvement as Gem Project activity leaders, youth strengthen skills of leadership and strategy. Since inception, The Gem Project has directly impacted the lives of 2000 youth and young adults, through the hosting of educational workshops, weekly programs and events held primarily through participating sites within the Greater Newark, New Jersey area.

Honored by The White House, The City of Newark and making the annual FORBES Magazine 30 under 30 list in Education, Ebokosia and her team have demonstrated a great ability to engage communities and young people in ways that develop their leadership skills, which have the capacity to change their lives. The Gem Project and Ebokosia have been featured in News 12 New Jersey, Black Enterprise.com, Forbes Magazine, Forbes.com, GOOD magazine, NJ.com, Rutgers Magazine and others.

In her most recent position as a director of Educational Alliance Boys & Girls Club of School of the Future, Ebokosia has supported an award-winning robotics club run by middle-school age youth and developed programming that focuses on strengthening social-emotional learning skills to serve over 150+ enrolled young people. Amanda Ebokosia has found that the development of social-emotional skills in youth is the key to college persistence and overcoming life’s challenges.

Ebokosia has earned a Bachelors of Arts degree  in biology, with a minor in psychology at Rutgers University. She has also completed the Nonprofit Executive Certificate program from Rutgers Institute of Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School. As a freelance journalist, Ebokosia explores the psychology of people as it relates to their leadership styles. She places a special focus on business, women issues and education. She currently resides in New Jersey.”