On Tuesday, July 12, 2011, As founder of The Gem Project, Inc. not-for-profit organization– I was sought out to speak to the teenagers of Teen Travel Camp, by camp counselor Ms. Karen N. Lee and was approved by their director, Mr. Erik Montgomery. I led a talk on “Executing Goals by Bridging Entrepreneurial Skills with Leadership.” The program for that day under my instruction covered the six major styles of leadership, coping with failure, developing a business plan, seed funding for teenage entrepreneurs, and successful pre-teen, teenager, and young adult success stories in business. The program concluded after delivering resource guides and tips from organizations that offered mentoring services, start-up funds, and free tutorials on website development. I was also able to share my first taste of entrepreneurship, which begun by starting up a small for-profit club when I was 12.
Ms. Lee will be working at Central High School this fall in Newark, NJ as a biology teacher. Lee and I both share an interest in serving the youth.
About Teen Travel Camp
Teen Travel Camp is a day camp located at 25 Park Ave. Montclair, NJ in theYMCA. They hold 9 one week sessions during the summer that cover leadership workshops, community service activities, and cultural awareness exercises. They travel to several destinations during the course of a session which include: Six Flags Amusement Park, Hershey Park, Dorney Park, College Tours, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Hurricane Harbor, Philadelphia Excursion, Bowling, Movies, and more.
About The Gem Project
The Gem Project is a not-for-profit organization that educates school-age children, youth, and young adults about issues that are affecting them and their communities. Through the use of innovative programs and enriching activities, the Gem Project is able to hone the leadership and community organizing skills of our youth. Since its inception, they have educated over 900 persons and instructed over 30 programs.
About Amanda A. Ebokosia, Guest Speaker at Teen Travel Camp
Founder of The Gem Project, Inc.
Amanda A. Ebokosia is founder and CEO of The Gem Project, Inc. The Gem Project is a nonprofit organization that educates school-age children, youth, and young adults about the issues that affect them and their communities. The Gem Project has educated over 900 persons to date, with over 30 programs since its inception. Through the use of innovative programs and enriching activities, The Gem Project is able to hone and strengthen the leadership and community organizing skills of our youth. Ebokosia founded the organization at age 19. She has plans to expand this organization with her team on a national to global scale. Ebokosia is also a published author and freelance writer. Her first publication was with a poem entitled, “New Chapter,” in the anthology, “Journeys,” by Editors Sharon Derdian & Micheal Perala, and published by Iliad Press at age 14. These achievements were shortly followed up with her performances at the legendary Apollo Theater and the self-publication of her book, “Raindrops of Life” at age 19, which also led to the development of her nonprofit, The Gem Project, Inc.