Founder, Project I AM
Project I Am was created by 8-year-old Jahkil Naeem Jackson. Jahkil, now 12, has a heartfelt desire to help those in need. After helping his aunt distribute food to the Chicago homeless, he knew that he wanted to do more to make a difference. It quickly became Jahkil’s mission to build awareness of homelessness and to help the homeless population by offering them what he calls “Blessing Bags,” a giveaway filled with wipes, socks, deodorant, hand sanitizer, granola bars, toothbrushes, toothpaste, bottled water, and more.
Jahkil Jackson has set and surpassed many goals in his young life. Distributing his Blessing Bags to the homeless has been one of his biggest achievements thus far. In just a few years, Jahkil’s efforts have touched over 30,000 men, women and children across the world. Along with the help of friends and family, Jahkil has organized distribution to those in need in Chicago, Los Angeles, Oklahoma, Maryland, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Virginia and Idaho. He has also provided Blessing Bags to orphans in Mbabane, Swaziland, as well as volcano victims in Guatemala, and hurricane survivors in Florida, Houston and Puerto Rico.
Jahkil is a national motivational speaker on a mission to influence kids around the country to get involved in their communities. He plans to continue to join forces with other like-minded youth to lead a life of service, encouraging them to find their passions and make the world a better place.
Since 2016, international and national leadership organizations have reached out to Jahkil to become an instrument of change for youth such as Heartland Alliance, one of the world’s leading anti-poverty organizations and is the youngest member of the Independent Youth group, which empowers today’s youth to become tomorrow’s business leaders and entrepreneurial innovators. Winter 2017, Jahkil became a member of the International Youth Council of WE, a worldwide movement empowering youth to make the world a better place and in 2017 and 2018, Jahkil was a guest speaker for their international celebration of WE Day.
Most notably, Jahkil was acknowledged as one of three influential people of 2017 by President Barack Obama and the Obama Foundation. Jahkil was also selected to participate in Disney’s Be Inspired Black History Campaign, Lebron James’ #AlwaysBelieve 2018 campaign and Nike’s 2019 Future Varsity program. Most recently, Jahkil was selected to represent youth in service nationwide by the NBA to speak at the Jr. NBA Conference, is a 2019 Diana Award Holder, was named one of BET’s 15 Under 15 and is the Vice Chairman of the Kid Box Board of Directors.
Jahkil is one very busy 12-year-old. When he isn’t hard at work distributing his Blessing
Bags to those in need, he can be found doing one of several extra curricular activities. Jahkil is an avid basketball player, is a member of the Stick and Move breakdance team, and also tap dances with Madd Rhythms.