Jahmal Cole strives to combat poverty, crime, and the segregation of economies and opportunities. He believes poverty doesn’t have to be a life sentence and geography doesn’t have to define potential. Once a disadvantaged student, he defied the odds and graduated from college. While he escaped from the limitations caused by poverty and crime, he won’t run from them. Jahmal created My Block, My Hood, My City, the organization takes teenagers from underserved Chicago communities on city-wide explorations. Jahmal was named one of Huffington Post’s 15 Inspiring Chicagoans and is the author of The Torch of Decency: Rekindling the Spirit of Community Organizations.