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SWATH OF INFLUENCE: Vast. The Eagles safety is the team’s on-field leader and its conscience, raising a fist for social justice long before President Trump inadvertently united the entire NFL around the issue. Off the field, Jenkins presides over a bow-tie line (Rock Avenue), a men’s store (Damari Savile) and a foundation. BACKSTORY: At Ohio State, Jenkins was in the African-American frat Omega Psi Phi; he has the Greek letters tattooed on his arm. WHY PHILADELPHIANS LOVE HIM: Swagger and smarts.


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A Gratifying Victory Off The Field For Malcolm Jenkins

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, center, speaks at a Players Coalition Charitable Foundation news conference in Atlanta during Super Bowl week last January. (David J. Phillip/AP)

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, center, speaks at a Players Coalition Charitable Foundation news conference in Atlanta during Super Bowl week last January. (David J. Phillip/AP)

Original post 8/26/19 by Nick Fierro / The Morning Call

Malcolm Jenkins approaches the start of his 11th year in the NFL and sixth as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles with an extra sense of satisfaction.

No, he hasn’t received the contract extension he’s been seeking. He’s not even thinking about that, in fact, leaving all the details up to his agent. “That’s what I’m paying him for,” he joked. “He takes 3% of my contract to do that.”

What really has the veteran safety grinning from ear to ear is seeing and hearing about all the people who’ve been affected as a result of the Pa. Clean Slate Act that was signed by governor Tom Wolf last year and went into effect this June. Jenkins and former Eagles teammates Torrey Smith and Chris Long had long campaigned for that reform, and their presence on Capitol Hill the day after they played a Monday night game in 2017 helped persuade lawmakers to accelerate the process.

The bill allows for individuals to petition the courts for their records to be sealed if they have been free from conviction for 10 years for offenses that resulted in a year or more in prison and have paid all court-ordered debts. It also allows automatic sealing of records for second- or third-degree misdemeanor offenses that included a less than two-year prison sentence if a person has been free from convictions for 10 years.

Also sealed now are the criminal history records related to charges that resulted in non-convictions.

Incredibly, one in three Americans have a criminal record, according to New York governor Andrew Cuomo. This is in part due to the fact that the FBI considers anyone arrested on a felony charge to have a record — even if no conviction follows.

Jenkins on Monday explained how happy he was to finally see this helping people who hadn’t been able to help themselves before this law passed.

“It’s big,” he said. "We followed up just to see how it was doing, and within months of them implementing this thing, millions of people had their records expunged. What that means is, they’re able to, you know, not be discriminated against when it comes to jobs, housing, loans, all type of things. They are able to be productive, and contribute to society in a meaningful way. And that changes people’s lives.

“We’re talking about people having a record that follows them for over 10 years and it’s still affecting their ability to get employment. That’s wrong. So we’ve been excited to see not only the bill passed, but now how many people are actively affected by that one third of the population having some kind of criminal record? There’s a ton of people who are dealing with these issues. It’s a scarlet letter that’s been following them around since they were teenagers.”

Before this, Jenkins contends, so many with minor convictions and some with none at all were essentially stuck.

“All the ways you move upward in society or climb the social ladder, you [were] locked if you had any kind of record. So to remove that barrier, I think, helps a lot of people."

Just another example of how Jenkins and the Players Coalition that he co-founded is making a difference.

Morning Call reporter Nick Fierro can be reached at 610-778-2243 or

TMJF Stretches to Go Beyond at Blitz, Bowties, Bourbon Fundraiser

Funding program scalability is TMJF’s goal as it moves towards its 10th Anniversary

Left to right: Loyce Pierce Wright, TMJF Board Treasurer and Gwendolyn V. Jenkins, TMJF President & CEO

Left to right: Loyce Pierce Wright, TMJF Board Treasurer and Gwendolyn V. Jenkins, TMJF President & CEO

Extraordinary plans are underway for The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation’s 6th annual fundraising gala, Blitz, Bowties, Bourbon and Beyond (formerly known as “Blitz Bowties and Bourbon).  The highly anticipated annual event, hosted by two-time Super Bowl Champion and Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl Safety Malcolm Jenkins, will be held on Monday evening, October 7, at the Lincoln Financial Field West Club.

Continuing with its tradition of elegance, excellence and experience, TMJF will take its guests ‘beyond’ the  premium experience of  notable chef tastings, bourbon cocktails, soulful sounds and exclusive live and silent auctions, with an exhibition showcasing the history and impact of its innovative and transformative programs that have made a difference in the lives of youth and communities at large.  The upscale event offers an exciting opportunity for business leaders, philanthropists, celebrities and the community at large, to support TMJF’s efforts to address the need for free, quality educational programs for youth in underserved and marginalized communities.  

Funds raised at Blitz, Bow-Ties, Bourbon and Beyond (B3 + Beyond) will support the Foundation’s free youth programs and initiatives including Get Ready Fest™; Holiday Dinner Basket Surprise; Young Dragons Summer STEAMNext Level Youth Football Camp and Tumbling Camp for Cheerleaders; and Project R.E.W.A.R.D.S (Reinforcing Education With Activities, Recreation and Developmental Supports). 

The spectacular evening of charitable giving and entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. for VIP ticket holders and 7:00 p.m. for general admission ticket holders. VIP ticket holders will be granted early access to an exclusive pre-event mixer, a tour of the Linc, along with a Philadelphia Eagles logo football personally signed by Malcolm Jenkins, his Philadelphia Eagles teammates and NFL players joining the festivities; as well as other premium gifts.

TMJF Chairman Jenkins Partners with First lady Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative

Helpig High School Students Navigate the Pathways to a Post Secondary Education

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Our Chairman Malcolm Jenkins joined former First Lady Michelle Obama and several other change makers as a panelist of her Reach Higher Initiative’s Beating the Odds Summit, held at Howard University July 23.  The mission of the summit is to support students who have overcome obstacles to graduate from high school and commit to continue their higher education.  In addition to Chairman Jenkins, the panel included former Beating the Odds student Rachel Scott, Robin Hood CEO Wes Moore, and Community College Graduate Ariel Ventura. Among the topics discussed were navigating freshman year; career building skills, ways to succeed in and out of the classroom and mental health.

For the fifth year in a row, the Reach Higher initiative celebrated the Beating the Odds Summit to support students who have overcome obstacles to graduate from high school and commit to continue their higher education. Mrs. Obama established the Reach Higher Beating the Odds Summit in 2014 while in the White House. It started with a small group of students from across the country in a roundtable with her.  She celebrated their commitment to education despite overcoming immense obstacles along their journey to higher education.  During the summer of 2015 and 2016, Mrs. Obama expanded the small gathering to include over 100 college-bound students representing urban, rural, foster, homeless, special needs, and underrepresented youth who had overcome incredible obstacles to persist through high school and commit to attending a post-secondary institution.

 In today's global knowledge-based economy, it's imperative that young people continue their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, a four-year college or university, or in the military. Up to 40 percent of low-income students who graduate from high school with a plan for postsecondary education fail to show up on campus to start their classes, due to a phenomenon known as Summer Melt that impacts students motivation to register and attend college.  The Beating the Odds Summit is meant to help give students the additional guidance, encouragement, and social-emotional support they need so they continue to beat the odds and get a degree.

More than 50 first-generation college students selected by local non-profits participated in the day-long workshop focused on strategies to succeed while pursuing higher education and build a foundation for a meaningful career starting freshman year. Malcolm talked with the students about having faith in yourself and feeling good about setting goals and timelines that work for students. “It’s okay to take your time,” Jenkins said.  “Some people will show up day one (at college) and know exactly what they want to do and they’ll go right at it.  Some people won’t figure it out until much longer and its okay,” he added.

A topic of importance to the former first lady is mental health and building awareness and understanding around this topic and how having mental health issues can influence and impact students’ college life and experiences.  "…for me, mental health wasn't anything we talked about when I was in school,” Jenkins said.  He added however, that as a person responsible for many things, having a safe place to discuss his responsibilities and the pressure, stress and anxiety that may come with that are very important.  "A lot of you are first-generation college students… (and) “you feel like your family is counting on you, depending on you. You have these outside pressures that are on top of being a college student. You have to find ways to recognize that and deal with that in a healthy manner," Jenkins added.

The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation mission is to effectuate positive change in the lives of youth.  Mental health and wellness are key, particularly for youth in vulnerable communities.  Stay tuned to learn more about how The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation is enhancing our existing programs and please feel free to send in your comments about how we can add value in the mental health, trauma space.

TMJF and ShopRite Unite to Defeat Hunger at Get Ready Fest™

Food to supplement needs for a week and other supplies help 400 West Philadelphia Families


In the United States, the roots of hunger run deep. In Philadelphia, 26 percent of households live below the poverty level and far too many children go to bed hungry. This is why The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation and ShopRite supermarkets operated by the Brown Family, teamed up for Get Ready Fest™, among the signature programs of The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation to effectuate positive change in the lives of youth, families and communities. Four hundred (400) West Philadelphia families, pre-identified by ACHEIVEability, Daroff Charter School, People's Emergency Center and Intercultural Family Services, received vouchers as a invitation to the Get Ready Fest™ event held on July 22, 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 p.m. at Universal Daroff Charter School at 5630 Vine Street in Philadelphia. 

Since 2014, Get Ready Fest™ has provided thousands of families residing in vulnerable commodities with access to a wide array of essential resources including 25 pounds of shelf-stable food, essential dignity and hygiene items and health and wellness products to help them thrive. Additionally, the program offers education, social service information relating to GED, job training and placement; and senior and veteran support services; and resources for children including books, school supplies, haircuts, face painting and snacks. 

“Brown’s Super Stores, who operates 12 supermarkets in the Philadelphia region, has been a key player with the Foundation on our efforts to address hunger and wellness and we are proud they have signed on for Get Ready Fest™,” said Malcolm Jenkins, two time Super Bowl Champion and Pro Bowler who is Chairman of The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation. “Since its inception, the program has served more than 7500 families (roughly 30,000 individuals) throughout Camden, NJ, Columbus, OH, New Orleans, LA and Philadelphia, PA. We are truly proud of the impact we have made so far,” he added. 

“We are proud to partner with The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation and to join in its effort to bring healthy food and other choices to families in West Philadelphia,” said Sandy Brown, Director, Brown’s Super Stores. Joining Brown’s is Pepsi, which has been doing local community events with the Brown family for over 25 years. “Get Ready Fest™ was a perfect fit for the two of us to continue our partnership to provide food and food products for vulnerable families; our organizations found the synergy with Malcolm’s foundation to be perfectly aligned and we look forward to more future partnerships.”

Mural Arts Philadelphia Announces New Project with The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation

Mural Design Reveal and Paint Day with Philadelphia Eagles Star Malcolm Jenkins


 The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation (TMJF) and Mural Arts Philadelphia are teaming up on a new mural project to beautify the 33rd & Wallace Playground in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia. Along with Malcolm Jenkins, youth living in Mantua who are campers in TMJF’s Young Dragons Summer STEAM Camp (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Athletics and Math) will be participate in painting a new mural. West Philadelphia artists Gabe Tiberino and Nilé Livingston have designed the mural that depicts the Young Dragons STEAM’s theme that will be created on the playground’s spray pad and on a wall adjacent to the playground. 

The design paints a story of TMJF’s and Mural Arts’ commitment to transforming lives and communities. The paint day further supports The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation’s connection to West Philly’s Mantua community through the camp that was established in 2014 and provides the opportunity for youth from the community who are also part of that program to take part in the paint day. 

WHO: Malcolm Jenkins, Philadelphia Eagles player and activist, Gabe Tiberino and Nilé Livingston, Lead Artists, Mural Arts Philadelphia, Jane Golden, Executive Director, Mural Arts Philadelphia, Gwendolyn V. Jenkins, President & CEO, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation 

WHEN: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 10 am 

WHERE: 33rd and Wallace Streets Playground 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS Gabe Tiberino was born in Philadelphia. At the age of eight, he had his first one-man show in a South Street art gallery. By age 18, Tiberino, scion of one of Philadelphia’s best-known art families, had already spent half of his life as a professional artist and became one of the youngest to be lead artist on a Mural Arts Philadelphia project. After graduating from Philadelphia’s High School of Creative and Performing Arts, Tiberino attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 2005. Having assisted on a multitude of mural arts projects, Gabe has garnered a network of renowned international colleagues and has become a lead artist and collaborator on murals in cities around the country. Tiberino’s work has been in numerous art shows, including major exhibitions with Philadelphia’s top venues such as the legendary Sande Webster Gallery, The African American Museum in Philadelphia and the Arch Enemy Gallery and in private collections nationally and internationally. 

Nilé Livingston is a native of West Philadelphia whose ancestral roots in the city go back three generations. She holds a BA in Studio Art from Kutztown University and works across an array of media, including computer graphics, mural arts, and drawing. She is the founder of Creative Repute, LLC graphic design agency. Awarded ‘Rad Girl Artist of the Year’ in 2018, Nilé has exhibited at the African American Museum, the Philadelphia International Airport, and has work in the permanent collection of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. 

About Mural Arts Philadelphia Mural Arts Philadelphia is the nation’s largest public art program, dedicated to the belief that art ignites change. For over 35 years, Mural Arts has united artists and communities through a collaborative and equitable process, creating nearly 4,000 artworks that have transformed public spaces and individual lives. Mural Arts aims to empower people, stimulate dialogue, and build bridges to understanding with projects that attract artists from Philadelphia and around the world, and programs that focus on youth education, restorative justice, mental health and wellness, and public art and its preservation. Popular mural tours offer a firsthand glimpse into the inspiring stories behind Mural Arts' iconic and unparalleled collection, which has earned Philadelphia worldwide recognition as the “City of Murals.” Follow along on social media: @muralarts on Twitter and Instagram, phillymuralarts on YouTube, and MuralArtsPhiladelphia on Facebook. To stay up on the latest news on Mural Arts, please visit 

The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation Hosts 8th Annual Football & Cheerleader Camps

FREE Full-Day Camps Offer Youth Football with Combine Testing, Tumbling and Cheerleading Fundamentals, along with Health and Safety Workshops for Parents 


Malcolm Jenkins, 2x NFL Super Bowl Champion, 3x Pro Bowl Safety and New Jersey native, hosted The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation‘s 8th annual Next Level Youth Football & Cheer Camps for 550 local boys and girls between the ages of 7-17. The camps, held at Piscataway High School (Jenkins’ alma mater!) 100 Behmer Rd, Piscataway Township, NJ, . The free camps, offered youth a fun and inspirational opportunity to learn football fundamentals, participate in competitions, while learning lessons of teamwork, consideration of others and self-discipline and how to attain their potential in sports and in life. Campers met and learned from Jenkins, invited current and former NFL players and local area coaches, in an environment created to educate, inspire and motivate. Participants were grouped based on age for each camp and received a camp t-shirt, complimentary lunch and snacks, autographs and giveaways! 

This year marked the second year the Foundation offered a Tumbling Camp for Cheerleaders presented in partnership with Hall of Famer, World Champion Power Tumbler, Rayshine Harris of Shine Tumblers, for 100 campers ages 7-17. 

The camp offerings also included health, wellness, and sports safety information workshops for parents and guardians, through a partnership with Safe Kids New Jersey. Panelist provided information on topics of: Concussion Recognition and Recovery, Athletes and Opioids, Mental Health and Suicide Awareness, the Importance of Sleep in Athletes, and Injury Prevention through Sports Performance and Conditioning, followed by a Q & A session. 

This year’s camp was made possible with support from Nexus Sports, AT&T, Shine Tumblers, Beyond Meat, Dynasty Innovations, Piscataway Township Schools, Safe Kids New Jersey, Philadelphia Eagles, RWJ Barnabas Health, American Water, BASH, Township of Piscataway, NFL Players Association, Heldrich, North Stelton Volunteer Fire Squad, Dream Factory Balloon, BDA SPORTS, Build A Head, EA Sports, Fanatics, Gatorade, Kind Snacks, Panini America, Strideline, Win Craft, Inc, 500 Hundred Level, and other contributors.

Full STEAM Ahead: TMJF Partners with Drexel University to Offer Pioneering Summer Camp

A unique six week Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts & Athletics, and Math (STEAM) summer program for middle school students in the West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhood


Now in its fourth year, the 2019 Young Dragons Summer STEAM program will feature six-weeks of fully-integrated STEAM education activities for one hundred middle school students in the West Philadelphia Promise Zone neighborhood. The free day camp, offered through a partnership between The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation and Drexel University’s ExCITe Center and Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, has always focused on the creative intersections of science, technology, engineering, arts & athletics, and mathematics (STEAM), and increases the amount of custom-developed STEAM content each year, since piloting in 2015.  The program is an expression of The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation’s mission to bring positive change in the lives of youth through innovative opportunities and resources.

The curriculum aspires to make the subjects of science, technology, engineering, math and the arts, resonate with students from a young age, so they are awakened to the power and relevance of these subjects in their day-to-day lives. Unlike any other summer camp in the nation, the program combines the latest technology and learning science research through novel activities including music production, visual arts and virtual reality, and sports science.

“This will be a great opportunity for campers to experience a lot of amazing program offerings, while also leveraging experts, undergraduate and graduate students at Drexel, providing them opportunities to gain teaching experience through the development and implementation of STEAM curriculum,” said Gwendolyn V. Jenkins, President & CEO of The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation. “We have many fun learning activities planned throughout the six-week camp, including field trips to places like NovaCare Center, NBCUniversal, Franklin Institute, Fabric Workshop and Museum and more, to gain first-hand experience on the various areas of STEAM education and activities they are learning.”   

New modules for 2019 will illustrate the engineering principles behind the design of popular sneakers and will introduce themes of astrophysics, astroengineering, and astrobiology in a week focused on STEAM and space. 

“For 2019, we are incredibly excited to offer the camp we’ve envisioned for years. The program is entirely custom and integrated activities that transcend the boundaries of technology, science, and education. This camp is everything we believe learning should be—exciting, creative, and fun—and is not available anywhere else at any price. We’re honored to offer this experience to students in the West Philly Promise Neighborhood,” said Youngmoo Kim, PhD, director of the ExCITe Center. 

The Young Dragons Summer STEAM program has been developed specifically to meet the needs of children living in close proximity to Drexel. This two-square-mile is a federally designated Promise Zone due to challenges it faces associated with persistent poverty. The 2019 summer session will start on Monday, June 17th and continue through Thursday, July 25th, and is offered at no cost to middle school residents, entering fifth through eighth grades.

Malcolm Jenkins Among Those Honored at CCP Black & Gold Gala


On June 12, 2019, Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) hosted its annual Black & Gold Gala to recognize the outstanding service of local individuals and organizations that demonstrate involvement in community growth in the areas of education, business, social services and health. 

The gala took place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Vie, located on 600 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pa. Event proceeds benefit the 50th Anniversary Promise Scholarship, which has provided more than 700 high school graduates across the city with the opportunity to pursue an associate degree at CCP at no cost for tuition and fees.

Philadelphia Mayor James F. Kenney and CCP President and CEO, Dr. Donald Guy Generals made key remarks prior to the award presentations for this year’s gala honorees, which included:

  • Philadelphia Eagle Malcolm Jenkins, safety and team captain, co-founder of The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation and the Players Coalition, received the Community Hero Award for his service to the community to advance issues such as education and economic advancement in low income communities, criminal justice reform, police community relations, and for his service to Community College of Philadelphia as a member of the College’s Foundation Board. 

  • Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) President and CEO Julie Coker Graham received the Corporate Leadership Award for her work promoting Philadelphia through the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, her service on multiple Philadelphia community boards, and the Bureau’s partnership with Community College of Philadelphia by inviting CCP students to participate in PHL Diversity’s Hospitality and Education Day.   

  • Raytheon Company former Chief Diversity Officer Hayward Bell received the Alumni Achievement Award for being an industry leader and innovator in the practice of diversity and inclusion at the corporate level.

Continuing the celebration of community involvement and growth, 50th Anniversary Promise Scholar students and alumni spoke about the opportunities they’ve received through the College’s many programs. One of the attending scholars, Antoine Mauldin, was recently recognized as this year’s recipient of the Hayward L. Bell Scholarship. Jym Baker and Mary Baxter discussed how the Colleges student success initiatives have positively affected their academic paths. Jennifer Myers, a Jack Cooke Scholarship winner planning to attend University of Pennsylvania in the fall, talked about the College’s bachelor bound program and how CCP has prepared her to transition into a four-year institution. To conclude the evening, Jovira Last spoke about the quality education she received at CCP and how the career readiness program prepared her for life after College. 

The event, brought together leaders from some of Philadelphia’s most engaged companies, including title sponsors Parx, Independence Blue Cross and Keystone First, as well as other prominent organizations like Comcast, PECO, Morgan Stanley, etc. 

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McSilver Institute Honors Six Vanguards for Social Justice

(photo credit: NYU McSilver/DavidPaulOnline). Left-right   Malcolm Jenkins, Sayu Bhojwani, Reshma Saujani, Yamiche Alcindor, Jose Antonio Vargas, and Meek Mill accepted awards.

(photo credit: NYU McSilver/DavidPaulOnline). Left-right Malcolm Jenkins, Sayu Bhojwani, Reshma Saujani, Yamiche Alcindor, Jose Antonio Vargas, and Meek Mill accepted awards.

The McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University is committed to creating new knowledge about the root causes of poverty, developing evidence-based interventions to address its consequences, and rapidly translating research findings into action through policy and best practices. This year the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University (NYU) held its seventh annual McSilver Awards on June 10, 2019 at the Rosenthal Pavilion atop NYU’s Kimmel Center in Manhattan, New York City, recognizing extraordinary leaders transforming systems to tackle structural poverty and oppression.

Whenever we want to talk about poverty, let’s not start in 2019 and try to move forward. Let’s talk about what was lost [in our communities] and what was stolen, and recoup it now.
— Malcolm Jenkins

The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, Feed the Children Unite to Defeat Hunger at Get Ready Fest

Food to supplement meals for up to a week and other supplies help 400 Camden families


The Malcom Jenkins Foundation and Feed the Children are partnering for “Get Ready Fest” — an event that will provide 400 Camden-area families with wellness resources, food and essentials. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 7 at Antioch Baptist Church, 690 Ferry Ave, Camden, NJ.

In Camden, more than 37 percent of households live below the poverty level and far too many children go to bed hungry. The families have been pre-identified based on need by Antioch Baptist Church. 

Each participating family will receive a 25-pound box of shelf-stable food such as canned vegetables, peanut butter and mac ‘n cheese a 15-pound box of essentials including items such as shampoo, razors and toothpaste. The provided food and essentials will help families in need of basic materials most people take for granted.

In addition to providing enough food and daily essentials, the event offers an array of health-related services and information. These services include screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, asthma and basic eye and dental check-ups. The event also provides education and social service information relating to GED, job training, and senior and veteran support services. Additionally, there will be a children’s resource area that provides services, children’s books and additional products as well as haircuts, face painting, and snacks. 

“The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation (TMJF) is proud to team up and partner for this important event in the Camden area,” said Malcolm Jenkins, TMJF Founder and Chairman and NFL professional athlete.  “Our work with Feed the Children and “Get Ready Fest” aligns with our mission to achieve positive change in the lives of youth, particularly those in under-served communities by providing resources, innovative opportunities and experiences that will help them succeed in life and become contributing members of the community,” he added.

Malcolm Jenkins, Safety for the Philadelphia Eagles, as well as volunteers from the The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation and Feed the Children will be onsite serving families and assisting with distribution during the event. 

“We recognize hunger can’t be fought alone, but by working together, we can provide food and essentials to millions of children and families who live in poverty,” said Travis Arnold, president and chief executive officer of Feed the Children. “Hope for a better future is made possible thanks to our partners at The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation.”

“Launch to College” celebrates 400 New Orleans Scholars In Pursuit of Higher Learning

TMJF President Receives Hero Award for Foundation’s Commitment


The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation and State Representative Royce Duplessis (D-93) joined College Track leadership and students in celebration of high school seniors continuing on to a four-year college degree and setting a new standard for students within New Orleans. 

 WHEN: Friday, May 24, 2019, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

 WHERE: Dillard University 2601 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70122

 WHY: In 2008, College Track expanded to New Orleans with an inaugural class of 50 freshmen. Today, more than 400 high school and college students are on the path to and through college, making College Track the largest college completion program in the city.

This year, 100% of the 48 high school seniors set a new standard for students across New Orleans:

●     44 seniors will matriculate to a four-year college

●     4 seniors will begin study abroad programs through Global Citizen Year in Ecuador and Senegal

●     14 seniors have earned full-ride scholarships to universities including Bowdoin College, Emory University,  Rhodes College, Smith College, Spelman College, Stanford University, Tulane University, Vanderbilt University, and Wake Forest University

●     1 senior will be joining the National Guard before enrolling in a four-year university

●     6 were recognized as Malcolm Jenkins Scholars and received a $1500.00 scholarship from The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation

 College Track’s success in New Orleans is due in part to the 7-year partnership with The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation. Since 2012, the Foundation has offered Project REWARDS (Reinforcing Education With Activities, Recreation and Developmental Supports), a collaborative, education  development program  that actively engages College Track scholars with a cirriculum focused on Builiding Self-Confidence, Health and Wellness and Strategic Thinking.  Additionally, the Foundation has awarded more than $128,000 in scholarship support; provided final exam study baskets to matriculating college freshman;  funded out-of-state college tours, and provided career opportunities and critical networking exposure  and workshops to help them progress forward in their professional development.. 

 WHO: The speaking program featured:

●      Gwendolyn V. Jenkins, President of The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, receiving the Hero Award for the Foundation’s commitment to College Track 

●      State Representative Royce Duplessis (D-93) 

●      College Track New Orleans Regional Executive Director Mike Woodward

●      College Track Senior Quincy Weary, enrolled at Davidson College

●      College Track alumna Tayler Payton, graduate of Tulane University

About College Track

College Track is a comprehensive college completion program that empowers students from underserved communities to graduate from college. From ninth grade through college graduation, our 10-year program removes the academic, financial, and social-emotional barriers that prevent low-income and first-generation students from earning their college degree. In 1997, we started with 25 students in East Palo Alto, and today, we have nine centers located in underserved communities across California, Colorado, Louisiana, and the D.C. Metro Area, with more than 3,000 students on the path to upward social mobility. For more information, visit:


Former Ohio State safety Malcolm Jenkins answers questions in a Q&A in his return to campus to discuss social justice in the workplace. Credit: Ari Horton | Lantern Reporter

Former Ohio State safety Malcolm Jenkins answers questions in a Q&A in his return to campus to discuss social justice in the workplace. Credit: Ari Horton | Lantern Reporter

Redefining Athletic Standards — RAS, hosted an event Tuesday featuring Ohio State alumni and current NFL safety for the Philadelphia Eagles, Malcolm Jenkins. 

RAS is a newly established organization on campus that strives to bring athletes together to give them a voice. They host events that help people come together to discuss social, growth and mental issues.

The event was centered around social justice inside the workplace and Jenkins’ work in an organization called Players Coalition that he co-founded with Anquan Boldin while playing in the NFL. The Players Coalition focuses on three topics: police and community relations, criminal justice reform and economic and education advancement.


Jenkins Joins MontDelco's Habitat for Humanity


Malcolm Jenkins was the special guest at Habitat MontDelco’s 30th anniversary celebration, where attendees enjoyed a question and answer session with the two-time Super Bowl champion. The gala was held on Thursday, April 18 at the Radnor Hotel, 591 Lancaster Ave in Wayne, PA. Emcee for the night was Emmy award-winning anchor and NBC10 News reporter, Rosemary Connors. The Montgomery County native co-anchors the 11 a.m. weekday newscast and her field reports air during the afternoons. All proceeds from the gala support Habitat’s programs to build and repair homes, revitalize communities and provide financial literacy education.  

TMJF host Network and Chill Event for CTNO youth


College Track New Orleans, in partnership with The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, hosted a College and Career Event for 150 New Orleans area high school scholars on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 and Wednesday, April 10, 2019. The purpose of the event was to connect 9-12th grade scholars with local professionals and organizations related to their expressed career interests, who served as guest speakers and panelist, sharing stories with scholars of their career journeys.

Malcolm Jenkins receives Judge Lois G. Forer award


On April 10, the Support Center for Child Advocates hosted its 2019 annual benefit reception and auction, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Crystal Tea Room, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia. This year, Child Advocates proudly recognized Malcolm Jenkins with the 2019 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award for his service to youth in underserved communities. Other honorees included, Marita Lind, the Eddie Ohlbaum Distinguished Advocate for Children Award winner and Tayron Halsted, the Andi Broad Distinguished Client Award winner as well as a group of distinguished advocates for children for their devotion to help.

Malcolm Jenkins to Champion BLACK BOYS as Executive Producer of Social Justice Film


Los Angeles, CA (January 24, 2019) - He is a Two-time Super Bowl Champion, Founder and Chairman of The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, owner of the men’s fashion line Damari Savile, co-founder of the Players Coalition, and now Executive Producer on the upcoming social justice film by Director Sonia Lowman, called BLACK BOYS.“Malcolm Jenkins is the epitome of what you’d want in an Executive Producer as he believes in the content of the film while also being a relentless social justice advocate,” says Sonia Lowman, Director of BLACK BOYS and co-founder of LA film company, Never Whisper Justice. “This is a story about belonging, love, struggle, justice, and transformation. We need to hear the voices of black boys and black men about their journey while illuminating their humanity.”As a first-time Executive Producer, Malcolm Jenkins has embraced the role of providing insight, feedback, and guidance, all while performing his full-time job as a Pro Bowl safety for the Philadelphia Eagles.“Sonia first reached out to us back in June about me doing an interview for the film,” says Jenkins. “I did my research and realized her last film (Teach Us All) was acquired by Ava DuVernay and considered a companion piece to 13th, which I thought was very impactful. To me, BLACK BOYS takes the next step, which provides an in depth approach to issues facing black boys and young black men in America today. This is critical work and I just felt like it was a perfect fit for me as an Executive Producer, especially with the focus on social justice and social impact.”Now in the final editing stages, BLACK BOYS will officially launch a social impact campaign during Super Bowl week in Atlanta with a panel at Morehouse College, “BLACK BOYS - Brain Health and Belonging.” As part of the Never Whisper Justice production model, each feature length film is accompanied by action steps for social change, something Malcolm Jenkins embraces through his foundation and the many activities in multiple communities with the Players Coalition.“Partnering with Malcolm not only made sense from a film production side, but more importantly, because of his social justice and racial equality work through the Players Coalition.” says Sonia. “Whether it’s criminal justice reform or police and community relations, Malcolm is putting in the work while catalyzing fellow players to join him with collective purpose. Action based advocacy with sustainable outcomes is exactly what we believe in and will continue to amplify through our work at Never Whisper Justice.”“We need this film at this time, and we need the change that it desires.”Malcolm JenkinsFor additional information please contact / 813.293.8969

tmjf Delivers Holiday joy to 420 Families in states of NJ, PA & LA

A nourishing meal, shared with family and friends, is a holiday tradition that makes the season special. However, it can be one of the most challenging and stressful times of the year for many struggling families, unsure of how they will be able to afford all the fixings. Each year, to ensure that vulnerable families can participate in these special days of joy, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation provides festive food baskets, filled with a turkey and all the nutritional staples and trimmings to prepare a holiday feast, for hundreds of families in need.

Striving to make a positive impact in each state in which Malcolm has resided, since 2011; The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation’s Holiday Dinner Basket Surprise program has served more than 1805 families. This year, with a financial grant from BNY Mellon and in-kind sponsorship from ShopRite Supermarkets operated by the Brown Family, the Foundation expanded its program to include 140 families residing in the City of Camden, NJ, a community in which 35% of households live below the poverty level. Through its expansion to three states, this year’s effort supported 420 families.In keeping with the jersey number (27) that Malcolm wears on the field, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation invited 27 organizations in each community to serve as partners in identifying families in need of a festive blessing.

On Saturday, December 15 and Monday, December 17, the Foundation and its team of volunteers gathered to assemble and distribute holiday meal baskets for 420 household across the three locations, all made possible though its partnerships with Philadelphia Police Department’s Police Athletic League (PA), Antioch Baptist Church (NJ), City of Camden (NJ), and College Track New Orleans (LA). Selected families received an in-person surprise delivery of food baskets and gifts from Malcolm Jenkins himself, Captain Jarreau Thomas and members of Philadelphia PAL, Mayor Frank Moran, City of Camden, and members of The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation and its volunteers.

Since 2011, the Holiday Dinner Basket Surprise events and collaborations have underscored the spirit of giving during the holidays and the importance of community engagement and partnerships.Each family received a 14 lb turkey, 1 box of Stuffing, 1 can of Cranberry Sauce, 2 large cans of Green Beans, 2 large cans of Collard Greens, 2 boxes of Macaroni and Cheese, 5lbs of Potatoes, a bag of Fresh Produce, 1 box of Spaghetti, 1 large jar of Spaghetti Sauce, Bread/Dinner Rolls, Cider/Punch, 1 box of Rice, a can of Milk, 1 pkg. Gravy, 1 Sweet Potato Pie, an Aluminum Pan, Paper Plates and Utensils, all festively wrapped in a reusable laundry basket.In addition to the food baskets, families residing in Philadelphia and Camden with children 15 years and under, all received toys and gifts for the holiday, thanks to the collaboration and generous contributions from the City of Camden, Hersha Hotels and Resorts, Coral Homes, Dolly’s Boutique, Philadelphia PAL, The Harrison College House at UPENN, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Chi Upsilon, and Damari Savile who each conducted toy drives in support of The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation's program.

Camden awards Super Bowl Champion Malcolm Jenkins with the Key to The City


Honorable Mayor Frank Moran (City of Camden) joined by City Council members, Congressman Donald Norcross, Senator Nilsa Cruz Perez, Senator Jim Beach, Camden County Freeholder Board, Pastor John O. Parker from Antioch Baptist Church among others, honored New Jersey native and Two-time Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles Pro-Bowl Safety Malcolm Jenkins with a Key to The City of Camden for his community efforts to support youth and the underserved through The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation.“It is truly an honor to be receiving a Key to the City of Camden today,” said Jenkins. “Earlier this year during The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation ‘Get Ready Fest’ here in Camden we were inspired by the people of this city, and today I find myself once again reminded by Mayor Moran, City Council, elected officials, Pastor John O. Parker, and the entire city to try and always lead by example.”“I’ve received a ton of awards over my my lifetime in sports, but this one that's a huge honor for me."  said Jenkins.

In 2018, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation partnered with Feed the Children and other community partners to host “Get Ready Fest” at Antioch Baptist Church in Camden. This community outreach event helped to provide hundreds of pre-identified families with 25 pounds of food, 10 pounds of essential items, as well as health and wellness products. In addition to providing enough food to feed a family of four for one week, this staple Foundation event offers an array of health-related services and information for the community. These services include screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, asthma, basic eye and dental check-ups, GED, job training, plus senior, veteran and youth services.

Mayor Moran made it a point to show appreciation, not just for what Jenkins has done locally for Camden, but for Jenkins’ national stances on social issues, too.“It’s an historical act that really signifies what the City of Camden appreciates, and what I appreciate as the mayor,” Moran said. “Malcolm standing up for the social issues nationally, and standing up for the rights of the underserved, so I thought it was fitting for him [to receive a key to the city] and it will go down in history in the City of Camden that once there was an individual named Malcolm Jenkins who received a key to the city for these specific reasons.”

A Huge Win At The Linc! Blitz, Bowties & Bourbon


This year’s 5th Annual Blitz Bow-Ties and Bourbon fundraiser was filled with highlights and generosity. The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation put out a call that supporters like you graciously answered. With Lincoln Financial Field as our canvas we worked together to create an experience filled with positive energy, entertainment and the spirit of giving, and best of all, you had a blast! (Click HERE to view our photo gallery and recap video from #27Blitz4Philly.)

Thanks to your giving, we’ve exceeded our fundraising expectations, reaching a grand total of one hundred sixty-two thousand, nine hundred sixty-six dollars and zero cents. ($162,966.00)! The combination of your financial resources and passion will manifest in an even greater impact on our youth in all the communities we serve, in the states of PA, NJ, OH and LA. Powered by your kindness, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation will continue to create positive change in the lives of youth through programs like Get Ready Fest, Young Dragons Summer S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design, Athletics, and Mathematics) and Project R.E.W.A.R.D.S. (Reinforcing Education With Activities, Recreation and Developmental Supports).

The children that we reach may not know your name, see your face, or hear you speak, but they will feel your impact and for that, we are all truly grateful.The level of appreciation we have for your contribution is hard to contain and difficult to articulate. We hope that this year’s 5th Annual Blitz, Bow-ties and Bourbon fundraiser served as an accurate reflection of our gratitude and inspires you to stay involved in our efforts throughout this continuously rewarding journey.