The idea behind My Block, My Hood, My City, Jahmal Cole’s fast-growing civic education nonprofit, is almost ridiculously simple: Take teenagers from underresourced Chicago schools on monthly field trips to explore the city. Based on empirical evidence that education-based travel can spark students’ curiosity, ambition, and later success, the treks are centered on activities that get kids out of their comfort zone: cooking, sailing, touring an art museum, and so on. Read more at Chicago Magazine
Thank you all for coming to the My Block, My Hood, My City Potluck. The Chicago I envision looks a lot like the city-wide potluck. People from all different communities gathered together, smiling and proud of their neighborhood and their heritage, yet celebrating a more interconnected city.
I personally met 74 people from 32 different Chicago communities and 7 suburbs. Meeting people from different walks of life is what people come to expect from a My Block, My Hood, My City event.
The potluck was a success, and most people expressed that they couldn’t wait to come to another city-wide potluck. We will definitely hold another one in the coming months to give even more people an opportunity to eat, learn, and connect.
Interconnectivity is what I stand for. It is my life mission to bring people together. We are all Chicagoans, and we share this same short moment of life together.
We have to continue to meet the challenge to desegregate our city because if that state of mind prevails, it would be horrible for Chicago’s future. Segregation prevents people from different social economic statuses to share ideas and seize opportunities.
Thank you for your patronage. See you in a few months.