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For the Youth, By the Youth: Young entrepreneur hosts back-to-school event for South Side kids

CHICAGO — A South Side entrepreneur scarred by losing a loved one to gun violence, says his passion is to help Chicago youth prepare for bright futures, while also pursuing his.

Just a few weeks into his first year of college, 18-year-old Jaqueza Thomas hosted a back-to-school giveaway at Cole Park in the Chatham neighborhood, giving away over 100 backpacks funded by himself and other organizations.



“Just seeing the smiles on the faces of the families and being able to inspire others at the event was enough for me,” Thomas said.



A total of 110 backpacks were distributed, with 50 donated by the Chicago Architecture Center. The Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Fire Department also attended to ensure safety during the event.







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