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Jahmal Cole

My Block, My Hood

Jahmal Cole, Founder of My Block My Hood My City,  is the creator of an exposure-based education program for teens and a network of volunteer initiatives that serve Chicago communities year-round.  A champion of social justice, Jahmal Cole’s mission is to build a more interconnected Chicago on the pillars of service and education.  Traveling, youth mentorship and community organizing are the subjects of Jahmal’s highly acclaimed books and speeches. He has spoken to audiences ranging from high school students to the Mayor of Chicago and has been featured on television for his active community outreach initiatives. Among many distinctions, Jahmal has been featured in many respected media features and is highly decorated for his service to the community.  Some of these accolades include: Crain’s 40 under 40, Champion of Freedom Award, Chicago Defender Men of Excellence Honoree, and the Chicago City Council Resolution Award.  He has also been named one of the 20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans by Streetwise Magazine, a Chicagoan of the Year by Chicago Magazine, 2020 American Red Cross Community Impact Hero Award