Jermaine Anderson

2023 Humanitarian Award

Jermaine's Early Life

Jermain Lawrence Anderson, a native Chicagoan, was born on June 24, 1982. He is one of two children born to Frank and Carlene Anderson. As a child, he attended Bethel Christian School, St. Paul Lutheran School, and E.F. Young Elementary. After graduating from Steinmetz Academic Center, Jermaine attended Dominican University.

Beginning A Life of Faith

Jermaine started his life of faith with his family at Christ Temple Apostolic Faith Church in Chicago under the pastorate of the late Bishop D. Rayford Bell. In 1996, he became a member of the Apostolic Faith Church where he remains a staunch worshipper. For 25 years, Jermaine worked at Apostolic Faith Church as the Director of Special Events, and for 15 years he served in the Ministry of Pastoral Care.

Jermaine's Mission To Empower & Enrich Lives

Jermaine Lawrence Anderson is a highly accomplished individual with a remarkable track record of community service, leadership, and faith. As a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist, Jermaine is the Founder and Executive Director of I AM A GENTLEMAN, INC. This non-profit organization, founded in March 2016, has a mission of engaging, enriching, and empowering young men for successful careers, healthy lifestyles, marketable skills, and well-balanced relationships.

The work of I AM A GENTLEMAN has been highlighted by several news outlets as the young men who are in the program have helped families at Christmas, provided meals for individuals across the city of Chicago and been involved in community projects such as “The Race Against Gun Violence.” I AM A GENTLEMAN is no longer a Chicago organization. He has become part of the curriculum in several school districts across the United States. To date, several hundred young men and boys have had their lives and outlooks changed by their involvement in I AM A GENTLEMAN programs and events. Most recently Jermaine and the organization were featured on the Tamron Hall Show. Jermaine Anderson is also an author. His popular children’s book series, My Friend Carson, is a 3-part series that teaches children the value of performing positive acts for others.

Community Service & Achievements

Since 2019 he has been a member of the NBC5 Community Action Board. He currently works with the Obama Foundation and is on the Board of My Brother’s Keeper, and, since 2021, has been a member of the Kroger Task Force Board. Jermaine has received numerous awards including the 2016 Man of Excellence Award from the Chicago Defender Newspaper and the 2017 Making A Difference Award from Industry Buzz Media. Other awards include the Outstanding Partner Award from AT&T, the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Far South Community Action Council of Chicago Public Schools, and the Black United Fund of Illinois’ Henry L. English Humanitarian Award.