Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Gina Matos attends East Side High School (ESHS). She lives with her parents and has four siblings. Gina is President of the ESHS National Honors Society and ESHS Essex County College program, which allows participating students to work towards their Associates degree.
Gina has participated in various school activities. She has been the recent Secretary of the ESHS Student Council, which leads various community service projects (for example, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity). She has also participated in the Rutgers Future Scholars college preparatory program since the sixth grade, which, if she earns future admission to a Rutgers campus, will provide her with a full scholarship.