Biography of Amanda A. Ebokosia

Amanda A. Ebokosia, born April 17, 1986, is a Nigerian-American freelance journalist and founder and CEO of The Gem Project, Inc., an education not-for-profit based in Newark, NJ.

As founder of The Gem Project, a not-for-profit organization focused on building worldly leaders, through the creation of educational enrichment programs for youth and young adults, Ebokosia  is responsible for overseeing the daily functions of the organization.

Under her leadership, The Gem Project has implemented several enrichment programs that have directly impacted over 1950 persons, since founding the organization as a sophomore at Rutgers University, where she earned a degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology. Working with several sites throughout Newark, NJ, which include: libraries, youth centers, and schools—Ebokosia has helped the organization directly address key youth issues and community affairs, through their development. Profiled on The White House website – Young Americans, Ronnie Cho—Associate Director of Youth Engagement said, “Amanda has gone above and beyond to tackle issues that matter to her and her community, and helped thousands of young Americans start their own initiatives.” He continued by saying, “ It’s a ‘gem’ of an idea to make sure we do our part as well.”

Through partner sites in Newark, NJ, The Gem Project has been able to address affairs of youth with programs that strengthen their leadership skills since inception, March 25, 2006. On the helm of innovation, youth issues are addressed through orchestrating their own awareness marches, debate competitions, educational seminars, literacy programs and awareness quilt portraits. As a White House Project member (NY GO RUN 2010 Scholarship Recipient), she joins a network of over 14,000+ women who have been trained in leadership and public service. A passion for leadership and service, Ebokosia continues to sharpen her skill-set through a recent acceptance into The Institute of Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School: Nonprofit Executive & Emerging Leader Certificate Program (Executive Track).

A sought-after speaker and writer on topics of leadership, education, and empowerment, Ebokosia has spoken and/or led programs at Rutgers University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, AOL Patch NY ( Ignite Your Ambition by The White House Project & NY TECH Women), Montclair YMCA ( Teen Travel Camp), United Way of Essex and West Hudson ( Stop Shootin’ Summer Youth and Entrepreneurship Program) and more. She contributes weekly on topics of leadership online for Black Enterprise. Reporting on the nation’s most high-profile leaders to emerging leaders, she has written on powerful women like Alexandra Wilson (Gilt Groupe) to Esther Madudu, a courageous woman who is leading the way to reduce infant mortality in sub-Saharan Africa online for Forbes. Ebokosia maintains a column on Glass Heel, a website geared to professional women, and is author of Raindrops of Life, a compiled self-published book of poetry — evidence to her past when she performed a spoken word at the Legendary Apollo Theater. She credits the start of her writing career with the publication of “New Chapter,” in the anthology Journeys by editors Sharon Derdian and Michael Perala, which published in Iliad Press at age 14.

Honored by the City of Newark with a resolution, Ebokosia has been awarded as a Women of Strength, Honor, and Service. Through the work of her team and organization, she has been the recipient of numerous awards for public service and leadership. She finds mentoring, community service, and the giving of time the most satisfying award. She is member of The White House Project, Psi Chi Honor Society, and was an  AFNA scholar.

Ebokosia resides in North Jersey.