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A local author is traveling to all 77 Chicago neighbohoods and capturing their distinct characteristics in his web series and book.
139 backers pledged $10,661 to help bring this project to life.

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In the interest of encouraging travel and inspiring teenagers to get involved in new situations, a local author, Jahmal Cole, is traveling to all 77 Chicago neighborhoods promoting diversity, supporting local businesses, interviewing residents, and capturing their distinct characteristics and opportunities, and sharing them with the public via his upcoming web series AND BOOK entitled, "My Block, My Hood, MY CITY."

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My Block, My Hood, My City is a project founded by Jahmal Cole, a 2012 Chicago Ideas Award Winner, and  2013 Scion Motivate Award Winner. Cole is the founder of Role Model Movement Inc, the author of two books, and has received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Office of Governor Volunteerism and Community Service. 

WE REACHED OUR INITIAL GOAL WITH 3 DAYS REMAINING!!!

Our initial goal covered the *barest necessities* of getting the My Block, My Hood, My City initiative off the ground. Now, every additional penny that comes in to support the project will enable us to create a user friendly website, an online component to help support the videos. This new and improved website will be a platform where residents can post photos, comments, and videos to supplement the community profiles. So, let's not stop now. Get your friends, family and colleagues to pitch in. Help us upgrade our website!

Jahmal Cole, China Town
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Project Budget

The launch Budget for the My Block, My Hood, MY CITY web series is $9,850. This can be broken down into transportation cost, Videography, Video Editing, and Travel Expenses for 10 Neighborhoods.  

Videography for the "My Block, My Hood, MY CITY" Webseries  $5,000 (This includes Initial Shooting, Post Production Video Editing, Website, and Color Correction). 

My Block, My Hood, MY CITY T- Shirts$1,000

Book Printing $3,850.

Supplemental Materials

Kickstart Supporters Will Receive: 

• A custom My Block, My Hood, MY CITY T-shirt 

• A copy of the My Block, My Hood, MY CITY Poster

Author/Public Speaker Jahmal Cole will speak at an Illinois School of your Choice. (High School, College, Community Group)

Risks and challenges

There are 77 Communiites in Chicago. We'd like to highlight each community with a five minute web series. We will promote local businesses and interview local residents, and find out what makes these places unique. This currently costs us about $500.00 per episode. (Includes Videography and Editing) That brings our total fundraising goal to $38,500.

We really need your help and support to make this happen. We can't do this without your support. This project will encourage more Chicagoans to explore the beauty in our great City.

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    Credit in the Book! You will get your name in the back of the book as one of the people that made it happen. ALSO you'll Receive an HD Download Link of each Webisode highlighting Chicago's 77 Community areas via email.

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    Get the Book! (Perfect Bound) Copy of the My Block, My Hood, MY CITY Publication signed by Author Jahmal Cole.

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    Add the Poster. Get everything above PLUS a signed 18 x 24 My Block, My Hood, MY CITY Poster. The poster will be shipped in a tube to prevent wrinkling.

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    GET THE T-SHIRT! ALSO Receive the HD Download Link of each Webisode highlighting Chicago's 77 Community areas via email.

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    All of the above, PLUS My Block, My Hood, MY CITY gear: Get a custom t-shirt.

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    FACE TIME! Have your business featured in the My Block, My Hood, MY CITY Web Series. A live camera crew will produce a professional segement promoting your business!

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER for an Episode! Sit down with Author Jahmal Cole and collaborate on the storyboard, direction, and videography. Your name or business name will be included in the opening credits.

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    Thank you! Author/Public Speaker Jahmal Cole will speak to an Illinois School of your choice. (High Schools, Colleges, Businesses and Community Groups) "Turning Your Passion Into Your Profession." Speeches will be supplemented with 10 copies of the My Block, My Hood, MY CITY Publication.

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    PLATINUM SPONSORSHIP PACKAGE. Your Company Name/Logo and Audiovisual Slides placed in the opening credits of web series and on all print materials. Meet and greet with Author Jahmal Cole and Crew, 10 T-shirts and your Name/Logo (link) placed on the www.3mchicago.com website.

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