Giving Back Makes Me Feel Great

About Project I Am

Project I Am was created by Jahkil Naeem Jackson when he was 8 years old. Jahkil, now 10, 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 those in need by offering them what he calls “Blessing Bags,” a giveaway filled with wipes, socks, deodorant, hand sanitizer, granola bars, toothbrush, toothpaste, bottled water, and more. 


In 2016, Jahkil, along with his friends and family, distributed over 1,600 Blessing Bags. Last year, Jahkil set a goal of 5,000 Blessing Bags distributed and by the end of 2017, he surpassed the goal giving out 5,140 total Blessing Bags in one year helping individuals throughout the world such as orphans in Mbabane, Swaziland, as well as hurricane victims in Florida, Houston and Puerto Rico. This year, his goal is to distribute 6,000 Blessing Bags and hopes to galvanize other youth throughout the country to also be involved in their communities. To make this happen he is asking the public for supplies and monetary donations. 



More About The Kid


Jahkil is one very busy 10-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. The thespian-in-the-making has been featured in the short film Candles, has appeared in a Chuckie Cheese and K-mart commercial, was seen in an episode of Fox Television’s "Empire," will be seen in an episode of NBC’s "Chicago PD" and was a member of the Porgy and Bess opera at Chicago’s Lyric Opera House. Additionally, he takes acting class with Kids W.A.Y Acting Academy and has trained with Second City and Green Room. Jahkil has also been featured on the runway for multiple fashion shows.

Tips on Giving Back

Donate Items for Blessing Bags



Proceeds Go To Those In Need

The Benefits Of Giving Back

According to, service and volunteering help build empathy in children. Children who are empathetic do better in school, get along better with others and form stronger relationships, making them more resilient and successful throughout their lives. It is no surprise that the most successful leaders have high levels of empathy too.



Lebron James brings Jahkil on to participate in the #AlwaysBelieve campaign!

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