Biography

Named by Forbes as a Millennial on a Mission.

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. Through the involvement as Gem Project activity leaders, youth strengthen skills of leadership and community organizing. Since inception, The Gem Project has directly impacted the lives of 1950 youth and young adults, through the hosting of educational workshops, weekly programs and events 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.

As a freelance journalist, Ebokosia explores the psychology of people as it relates to their leadership styles. She also focuses on business, women issues and education. She earned a BA 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. Forbes has named Ebokosia among 20 millennials on a mission. She currently resides in New Jersey.”

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