August 13, 2021

Adrian and Ethan talk a little about the importance of youth having a mentor outside of their family. We'll also listen in to the second part of our interview with the Inspiring Children Foundation. Later, we bring you the story of an amazing 13-year-old on a mission to help the homeless.

Kids and youth thrive when they have caring and supportive adults in their lives, and mentoring offers an outstanding way to foster such relationships.

Mentoring lets young people know that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. At the end of the day, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity.

While all children and youth can benefit from a quality mentoring relationship, at-risk kids realize the biggest benefits. While these benefits are clear, one in three young people grow up without a mentor outside their family.

And this brings us to the Part 2 of our interview with the Inspiring Children Foundation...

James McGee with Children in the Youth Development Program
James McGee with Children in the Youth Development Program

For 18 years, The Inspiring Children Foundation and Never Broken program have been empowering children struggling with financial hardship, anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation by giving them the ultimate environment to survive then thrive at the highest levels. @inspiringchildrenfoundation

Through mental health, mentoring, project-driven learning, sports, and "earning their own way," youth discover the confidence that comes from self-sufficiency and right choices.

Over 135 college scholarships have been earned by the youth in their Leadership Program, which equates to over a 95% success rate.

While in Las Vegas last month, Bev had the opportunity to talk with Director of Development, James MGee, about the amazing work the organization is doing in the community. Today, we bring you Part 2 of that interview.

We can always count on kids to see the issues and set out to make a difference.

13-Year-Old Jahkil Jackson is on a Mission to Help Homeless

When 5-year-old Jahkil Jackson first handed out food to folks living on the streets in Chicago, he was saddened to learn that not everyone had homes to sleep in and decided he was going to do something. Seven years later, Jahkil has helped over people in his community and beyond — and his dream to help others keeps growing, one Blessing Bag at a time.

Over the last seven years, Blessing Bags has grown into a nonprofit called Project I Am. Their intention is to build awareness around homelessness with the goal of continuing to provide Blessing Bags to people in need in the future. People can either donate toiletry items to use in the bags, or they can donate money directly through Jahkil’s website or GoFundMe.

Jahkil’s efforts have impacted 50,000 men, women and children across the world. Along with the help of friends and family, Jahkil has organized distribution to those in need in Chicago, Los Angeles, Oklahoma, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Virginia and Idaho.