Jahmal Cole is a community organizer, author, activist, and the founder of My Block, My Hood, My City (MBMHMC), a Chicago-based non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young people in underprivileged neighborhoods and promoting community engagement. Cole's work has garnered attention for its impact on local communities and its commitment to addressing issues of inequality and opportunity.
Jahmal Cole was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in the city's South Side neighborhoods. He experienced firsthand the challenges and opportunities presented by his community, which inspired him to make a difference.
He established the Role Model Movement, a nonprofit organization committed to empowering underserved youth through a range of initiatives. Additionally, he authored "Athletes and Emcees," a motivational book published under the organization's publishing arm, Role Model Publishing. This book provides candid guidance on various aspects of life, including careers, confidence, friendship, school, creativity, and determination.
In 2013, he also founded "MyBlock, MyHood, MyCity," a Chicago-based nonprofit organization with a mission to provide opportunities for underprivileged youth. The organization's focus areas encompass STEM education, arts and culture, civic engagement and volunteerism, health, community development, culinary arts, and entrepreneurship. The organization's innovative approach aims to break down the barriers that often limit opportunities for young people in these communities.
Furthermore, he has authored several other books, including "The Torch of Decency: Rekindling the Spirit of Community Organizations," "Exposure Is Key: Solving Violence By Exposing Teens to Opportunities," "Mud Sharks," and "50 Excuses to not Follow Your Dreams." These publications reflect his dedication to inspiring and supporting young individuals in their personal and professional journeys.
MBMHMC's programs and initiatives include:
Exploration: The organization takes students on exploratory field trips to different parts of the city and beyond, exposing them to new experiences, cultures, and career opportunities. This initiative broadens their horizons and encourages them to aspire to a brighter future.
Community Engagement: Cole and his team organize and support community service projects that empower local residents to take pride in their neighborhoods and actively contribute to their improvement.
Scholarships and Support: My Block, My Hood, My City offers scholarships and educational support to help young people pursue higher education and personal development opportunities.
Advocacy: Jahmal Cole has become an advocate for equity, education, and social justice in Chicago and beyond. He uses his platform to raise awareness about the challenges facing underprivileged communities and to encourage positive change.
Cole's work through My Block, My Hood, My City has received local and national recognition. The organization's efforts have helped young people gain access to educational and career opportunities they might not have otherwise had, contributing to the revitalization and empowerment of Chicago's underserved neighborhoods.
Throughout his career, Cole has received numerous awards and honors for his dedication to community service, education, and advocacy. These include recognition from local government bodies, civic organizations, and educational institutions.
Cole attended Southern Illinois University and holds a degree in Education and Human Services.Cole received his M.S. degree in internet marketing from Full Sail University Online in 2011.
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