Jahkil Jackson started an organization called Project I Am three years ago to create awareness of homelessness and inspire youth to be involved in their communities. Through Project I Am he has created and distributed “Blessing Bags” that have been distributed to over 20,000 people throughout the world. Jahkil has partnered with Heartland Alliance, Khloe Kares, WE International Youth Council, Nike’s Future Varsity Program, Dreams 4 Kids, and Chicago Hope to spread awareness of homelessness. He hopes to have enough resources to help people throughout the world.
“As a 6th grade student, I know how hard it is to be around other kids and to not have new or clean clothes. It contributes to not being able to focus in school, and kids getting bullied or teased. It is important to be kind to others and make a difference in our community because if we don’t take the lead to do it, who will?” -Jahkil Jackson