Top Millennials Leading in Education Reform
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

Amanda Ebokosia, founder and CEO, The Gem Project

A great feat seems empty with no passing of the torch. And when it comes to education, building strong foundations and legacies is vital for a generation already facing major challenges.

There are key millennials who have taken on the task of helping their peers and those who will come after them become better at how they think and what they do. These young leaders are passionate about overhauling the education system, making the playing field that much more equal for youth. Forbes writer Meghan Casserly lists 30 of them, including 26-year-old Amanda Ebokosia, founder and CEO of The Gem Project and a contributor to

This Nigerian-American founded the non-profit The GEM Project while still a sophomore at Rutgers University. Six years later, she’s helped over 1,200 young people ages 4 to 24 give back to their communities through service-based enrichment programs, such as entrepreneurial contests and filming educational public service announcements.

Others included on the list are hip-hop artist B.O.B., 24, who serves as ambassador of VH1’s Save the Music Foundation; Zakiya Smith, 27, who’s director of post-secondary innovation at the Center for American Progress; and 17-year-old Nikhil Goyal, author of One Size Does Not fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School.

Read the rest of the list at Forbes….

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.