July 12, 2018

Youth change-makers join forces to support Atlanta nonprofit that helps homeless families

The Project Kares team makes their third stop on a six-city U.S. bus tour

Youth change-makers Jahkil Jackson, left, Khloe Thompson, and Nyeeam Hudson met up in Atlanta at the Nicholas House, a local nonprofit that provides services for homeless families.

Editor’s note: The Renewal Project is following two young change-makers who founded nonprofits that help those who struggle with homelessness. Eleven-year-old Khloe Thompson, founder of Khloe Kares; and 10-year-old Jahkil Jackson, founder of Project I Am, teamed up to form the Project Kares: Coast-to-Coast tour. Jahkil and Khloe are on a journey across the U.S. to provide homeless shelters with care packages and to teach leadership workshops to kids.

They kicked off the tour on July 7 in Los Angeles, where they joined volunteers and packed 120 bags for homeless individuals that were filled with necessities like shampoo and soap. They also made a stop in Las Vegas, where they handed out care packages and also had some fun. In this journal entry, the kids met up with a fellow youth change-maker in Atlanta. Follow along as they visit more cities—from New York to Chicago—here and on Twitter at @TheRenewalProj and on Facebook.

ATLANTA—Have you ever been on an RV for 28 hours? Well we have. We just did it. We passed through nine states!

I’ve really learned how to be patient on this trip and just enjoy the ride. It was exciting to see each state’s welcome sign.

Once we got to Atlanta, our first stop was to the clothing store DTLR. They are one of our main sponsors for this trip. We were greeted by the staff and checked out the cool clothing and shoes! Mr. Mike was the store’s general manager and both Jahkil and I told him our story on how we started our own nonprofit organizations. I have family in Atlanta so they came, as well as some of my mom’s friends from high school who now live here too. And we got to hang out with a really cool artist named Streetbud. He was on the hit show started by Jermaine Dupri called “The Rap Game,” which he won.

We also went to the Nicholas House, a nonprofit here that provides shelter and services to homeless families, and passed out care packages that we had prepared. There are 12 families that live there—a total of 42 people living in the house. Helping them is very important to us because they are people just like you and I.

While at the Nicholas House, were surprised to see the amazing motivational speaker Nyeeam Hudson, better known as “King Nahh” on social media. His message is to believe in yourself, and that no matter what is going on in your life, don’t let that stop you from accomplishing your goals and dreams. He’s the nicest kid ever! We were happy that he was able to join us.

We were only in Atlanta for a few hours, and now we’re off to New York.

Khloe Thompson and Jahkil Naeem Jackson

Khloe Thompson started her nonprofit Khloe Kares to help homeless individuals in her Long Beach, California, community.

Jahkil Naeem Jackson is the founder of Project I Am, a Chicago-based nonprofit that helps homeless individuals.