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Innovative Ideal: Jahkil Jackson - Building Awareness To Homelessness

Jahkil’s passion is to help others. He lives by the quote: "Don't Wait To Be Great." -Jahkil Jackson {Click To Tweet}
Innovative Ideal: Jahkil Jackson

Jahkil's Story

Jahkil Jackson, is an eleven years old boy from Chicago, on a journey to demolish homelessness by raising awareness. The Project I Am is an organization that he created to build awareness to homelessness and hope to be a part of demolishing homelessness in this country and beyond.

The Beginning Of Project I Am

Jahkil's family helped him come up with the organization when he was just eight years old. Since he fed the homeless with his aunt when he was 5, Jahkil kept asking them how he can help the homeless, he always wanted to give them money and wanted to provide them with homes. That wasn't possible, so Jahkil's family helped him do something that he could handle at his young age.

When Jahkil first saw them up close and realized what was going on, he was inspired to figure out how he could help. Seeing people daily in need is he's inspiration to start this. Follow Project I Am below on Instagram!

The Come Up & Struggles

When Jahkil was first starting doing Blessing Bags for the homeless, he didn't know that it would turn into a full-blown organization that has serviced over 25,000 men, women, and children in need. It wasn't hard to start because he had the support of family and friends to help make my first 100 blessing bags. As time went on, it did get harder to maintain because of the costs of making the bags. Each bag is about $9 to $10 to create. If he doesn't have toiletry donations or cash donations to purchase the toiletries, he has to hold off on creating more blessing bags until he can secure the support.

NO WAY did Jahkil thought this would be something small. It has grown into an organization that has serviced people from the west coast to the east coast to down south to event Africa, Puerto Rico, and Guatemala!

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Next Innovative Project

This year Jahkil have a goal of distributing 15,000 Blessing Bags and his family has been helpful with helping him get support from school toiletry drives and corporate product giving. While this has not satisfied the entire need, it has been a great help towards the goal. Jahkil also does speaking engagements to spread the word of Project I Am to other youth, organizations, and schools, which helps build awareness. You too can help support Jahkil here

Jahkil Legacy

Jahkil wants his mark on this world to be that it is essential to be kind and help others. It is necessary for young people to know that they do not have to wait to be great, shoot your shot and go for it NOW!

Jahkil doesn't see an end game for Project I Am. Jahkil plan to continue this through middle school, high school, college, and into adulthood. Jahkil hopes that it grows and grows.

Additional Info

Blessing Bags consist of Soap, Socks, Tissue, Wipes, Granolas, Mints, Tooth Paste, Tooth Brushes, Hand Sanitizer, Lotion, Conditioner, Shampoo, Deodorant, face towel, lip balm and more. These items are selected because these are things that we use daily that we take for granted that everyone has access. Every human deserves to have the dignity of being clean. Jahkil hopes to be able to help build Tiny Homes for the homeless as well.

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