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Jahmal Cole

My Block My Hood My City
Founder and CEO
As the founder and CEO of the city’s fastest-growing social impact organization, My Block My Hood My City, Jahmal is the creator of an exposure-based education program for teens and a network of volunteer initiatives that serve Chicago communities year-round.

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.

Most recently Jahmal was named one of the
 25 Most Powerful Chicagoans by Crain’s Magazine and named to the  
New Power 30 by Chicago Magazine. He has also been awarded the 2020 American Red Cross Community Impact Hero Award. 
In 2019, Jahmal Cole was named to  Crain’s 40 under 40.
He’s also the recipient of the 2019 Champion of Freedom Award, the 2018 Chicago Defender Men of Excellence Honoree, and the 2018 Chicago City Council Resolution Award.
In 2018, he was also named one of the “20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans” by Streetwise Magazine and a  Chicagoan of the Year by Chicago Magazine. 

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