Best-Selling Author | Student Athlete | Motivational Speaker | Philanthropist | Influencer

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Jahkil Jackson is a 2-time best-selling author, youth-philanthropist, social-entrepreneur, student-athlete, content creator and founder of Project I Am, a nonprofit organization he created when he was 8 years old to build awareness to homelessness. Now 16, Jahkil has already earned a reputation for himself as one of the world’s most influential changemakers by President Barack Obama.

Jahkil has made it his mission to assist those in need who are residing on the street and in shelters while engaging other youth to become change agents. In just a few years, Jahkil has led Project I Am’s efforts in raising $550,000 for the unhoused, has impacted over 135,000 men, women and children globally and has recruited over 2,000 youth to service those in need.

Jahkil was tapped to participate in multiple campaigns including Disney’s Be Inspired Black History, Lebron James’ #AlwaysBelieve, Nike’s Until We All Win & You Can’t Stop Our Voice and is now a Marvel Super Hero, CNN Hero Young Wonder and Tedx Talk speaker. He has also secured partnerships with the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation, Invisalign, The Gap, Nasa Clip, Crisis Text Line, was named one of BET’s 15-under-15 and landed a collaboration with Crate & Barrel for his Power Pillow Collection.



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Jahkil Jackson has been an avid basketball player since the age of 4 when he got his start in the French Fry League.  As a 6’3 Combo Guard, Jahkil is one of the most creative players to watch.  Jahkil had a breakout 2023 AAU season, averaging 16.5 PPG, 30% from 3 point, 53% Field Goal, with 62 steals, 75 assists and 161 rebounds and is looking forward to a great 2024 AAU season with Ayo Dos Elite.


Named a “Social Entrepreneur to look out for” by Forbes, Jahkil has received praise for what he has accomplished so far by several community leaders, influencers and corporations, including Nike, The Gap, Lebron James, CNN and President Barack Obama, who recognized Jahkil as one of 2017’s three influential people, which included an inspirational tweet from Obama’s personal account recognizing Jahkil and Project I Am. Jahkil is a 2022 TedX Presenter, was awarded as a 2019 CNN Hero: Young Wonder and was also featured as one of the exclusive changemakers on Disney’s Marvel Project.

Additionally, Jahkil has spoken to thousands nationally in over 75 schools and organizations, inspiring youth to also be change-makers in their communities. He has had the fortunate opportunity to speak at WE Day, one of the largest global organizations galvanizing youth toward social change. There he spoke in front of over 15,000 Illinois youth. Additionally, Jahkil has been requested by other national organizations such as the NBA, Gatorade, Taco Bell, John Hope Reconciliation Center, Ernst & Young, National Minority Business Economic Forum, Social Enterprise Alliance and Young Entrepreneur Institute at University School to speak to youth and adults about his journey in creating Project I Am and its initiative encouraging youth of all ages to be involved in their communities.

Youth and adults have gravitated and been inspired by the pure passion and authenticity in Jahkil’s delivery and presence. He has the peer to peer influence, while still being an inspiration to those older than him due to his consistent example. He encourages the youth to not let their age be a deterrent when it comes to making the world a better place and encourages them to be changemakers in a way that makes them happy, gives them a sense of purpose and is helpful to others.

Due to the overwhelming demand for guidance, Jahkil created Don’t Wait To Be Great Social Entrepreneurship Workshop Series which brings community service and entrepreneurship together into one program designed to educate and enrich youth using classroom instruction and hands-on activities focused on the importance of philanthropy and entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurship has great potential to mobilize youth to engage in efforts to achieve major social objectives, including employment creation, poverty reduction, inclusion and integration.


    • Finding Your Passion (Social Entrepreneurial Story) – Audience: Middle & High School Students
    • Change Starts With You – Audience: Middle & High School Students and K-12 Educators
    • Helping Your Community – Audience: Middle & High School Students
    • Using Your Voice – Audience: Middle & High School Students

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In just a few years, Jahkil has led Project I Am’s efforts in raising over $550,000 for the unhoused. Jahkil’s efforts have touched more than 135,000 men, women and children across the world! Along with the help of friends and family, Jahkil has organized distribution of toiletry blessing bags to those in need in Chicago, Los Angeles, Oklahoma, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Virginia, Idaho and more. He has also provided items of support to orphans in Mbabane, Swaziland and Ghana as well as volcano victims in Guatemala, and hurricane survivors in the Bahamas, 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. Jahkil has led the charge on engaging with nearly 2,000 youth from over 80 cities, including youth in London, France, Hong Kong, Ghana and India, to make and distribute nearly 40,000 blessing bags to those in need. Jahkil 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.


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To encourage others to do their best at whatever they do, Jahkil created Trophies By Naeem, a line of shirts, hoodies and pillows. A portion of the proceeds from Trophies By Naeem goes to support Project I Am.