Giving Back Makes Me Feel Great

About Project I Am

Project I Am was created by 8-year-old Jahkil Naeem Jackson. Jahkil, now 11, 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 has set and surpassed many goals including distributing over 1,200 Blessing Bags in 2016, over 5,000 in 2017 and has already hit his 2018 goal over four months early of 6,000. By the top of 2019, Jahkil is projected to have distributed 15,000 Blessing Bags since beginning. Along with the help of friends and family, Jahkil has organized distribution to those in need in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC, 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 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. To continue to reach his goals, he is asking the public for supplies and monetary donations.  
Most notably, Jahkil and Project I Am was acknowledged as one of three influential people of 2017 by President Barack Obama and the Obama Foundation. Jahkil was also tapped to participate Disney’s Be Inspired Black History Campaign and Lebron James’ #AlwaysBelieve 2018 campaign. 

More About The Kid

Jahkil is one very busy 11-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," 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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