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Jamels James

Jamels James

Founder, Leading India’s Future Today

Father Jamels James founded Leading India’s Future Today (LIFT) in 2004. The nonprofit is committed to developing leadership excellence among youth within the region of Tamil Nadu in southern India—regardless of background, caste, or religious tradition. LIFT strives to raise the aspirations and abilities of the less fortunate as it positions them to transform their society by combating poverty and unemployment. LIFT is primarily funded by Chicagoans, particularly parishioners of Old St. Pat’s Church in the West Loop.

“The question isn’t, ‘What do I want to do with my life?’ Rather, it is, “What does life want to do with me?”