11-year-old Jakhil Jackson is the creator of Project I Am, an organization geared to build awareness of homelessness and inspire youth to get involved within their communities. Having already impacted over 20,000 homeless individuals throughout the world with blessing bags Jakhil created and distributed himself, he has also partnered with various organizations such as Heartland Alliance, Khloe Kares, WE, Nike, Dreams 4 Kids and Chicago Hope to bring awareness to those in need.
“I hope to show the world a positive side of Black people. Oftentimes we are shown in a negative light, and I am here to show the opposite of this. I hope to inspire other youth not to be afraid to try something new. I hope to inspire youth to be active in their community, to be leaders and to bring their ideas to life. Don’t wait to be great. This is what I say to youth when I do speaking engagements,” Jakhil tells BET.
Jakhil is also a KIDBOX Kids Board member and will work directly with the children’s fashion subscription service on executing meaningful projects in his local community. Now that’s what we call making business moves to benefit the masses!