Seth El-Jamal, program director for the Chicago chapter of Friends of the Children, which aims to break the cycle of poverty by mentoring at-risk kids on Chicago’s West Side. Seth joined to Friends of the Children – Chicago in 2018 bringing nearly 20 years of experience in Youth Development. After graduating from University of Illinois with his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Seth began working with youth, creating safe, valid, and productive mentoring and youth development programs within Chicago’s under-served communities. In 2011, after completing his Master of Arts in Human Services, Seth transitioned from case management and after school program management to community outreach and program development. During his time at Friends, Seth has worked to implement the Friends Program Model within the Chicago Chapter and build connections within the Austin and North Lawndale Communities.