Project I Am was created by 8 year old Jahkil Jackson. Jackson, now 9, 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 help Chicago’s homeless population by offering them what he calls
“Blessing Bags,” a giveaway filled with baby wipes, socks, deodorant, hand sanitizer, granola bars, toothbrush, toothpaste, bottled water, and more.
Jackson has donated Blessing Bags to those in need at Cornerstone Center, Pacific Garden Mission, Teen Living, Olive Branch, Franciscan House and True To Life Foundation. With adult supervision, Jackson also does hand-to-hand distribution throughout the city.
Jahkil Naeem Jackson is one very busy 9-year-old. When he isn’t hard at work distributing his Blessing Bags to the homeless, he can found doing one of several extra curricular activities. Jackson plays with the GOLA Warriors Basketball Team, 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 Chuckle Cheese television commercial, and was a member of the Porgy and Bess opera at Chicago's Lyric Opera House. He also takes improv and acting classes at Second City and Green Room. Jackson has also been featured on the runway for multiple fashion shows.
According to projectgivingkids.org, 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.