Behind every great project is a great leader. Charles Jenkins has earned the reputation of an innovator, a game changer, a positive force ready to take on the challenges of Chicago’s South Side and The Legacy Project is a step in the right direction.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER…
CHARLES JENKINS – FOUNDER
Faith Leader, Social Engineer, Entrepreneur, Idea Maker, GRAMMY® award-winning songwriter, Artist, and Communicator, are just some of the words that describe Charles Jenkins, who is a leader widely respected and revered for his innovative thinking, contemporary leadership, business savvy and holistic approach to social change and large-scale community development.
Jenkins created the Fellowship Educational and Economic Development Corporation in 2010 to further focus on community improvement and empowerment.
He also serves as the senior pastor of the historic Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, a rapidly growing multi-location congregation of over 10,000 members in the Chicagoland area. Under his leadership, Fellowship has profoundly and positively impacted the city by providing food, clothing, personal care items and critical assistance to tens of thousands of people in need through several of Fellowship’s outreach programs.
Additionally, Jenkins’ belief that a community’s strength and future is dependent on the well-being of its youth moved him to establish Maximum Exposure, a youth development entity designed to elevate the thinking, understanding and behavior of urban youth. He is also the founder Gladiators, a mentoring group that focuses on the growth and progress of young African-American boys.
The Legacy Project is more than just bricks and mortar, it’s a vision of uniting people by giving them a safe place to learn, healing the sick through a community health center, transforming circumstances through a charter school and community center, as well as changing the world by providing an incubator for entrepreneurial work to grow wings.”
Jenkins in his capacity as entrepreneur and community leader founded Relevant Forums. He is celebrated for his commitment to a diverse range of entrepreneurs, and his ability to add value to companies and organizations. Relevant Forums also creates innovative settings and discussions that foster meaningful dialogue for holistic cultural good, with the ultimate goal of creating positive shifts in mainstream culture.
Jenkins became President and CEO of GoodCity NFP in 2012, a business incubator for social entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations. It‘s mission is to identify and support high-potential community-based entrepreneurs who are seeking to solve social ills and systemic problems within under-resourced communities.
Jenkins’ leadership further extends to the public sector where he serves on a number of corporate, educational, and governmental boards. Most recently, he filled a key role on newly-elected Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Transition Team. In addition to that, he serves on the Board of Trustees for The City Colleges of Chicago, Clear Channel Chicago Advisory Board, Illinois Attorney General Advisory Board and the Daystar School Board of Directors.
Numerous honors and awards include:
2011 – Speaker, International Business Dinner, National Prayer Breakfast Week at The White House
2010 – Gospel Today Magazine, one of seven of America’s Dynamic Trendsetters
2010 – Black Enterprise Magazine and Urban Business Roundtable’s Top 40 Game Changers Under 40
2009 – Inductee into Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers & Scholars of Morehouse College
2006 – Grammy Award with Israel Houghton and New Breed Live – South Africa
Charles Jenkins is married to Dr. Tara Rawls-Jenkins and has two daughters, Princess and Paris, and one son, Charles Jenkins III.