Kublai K.M. Toure
Executive DirectorAmer-I-Can Illinois, Inc.
1815 East 71st Street
Chicago, Illinois 60649Kublai K.M. Toure is the Executive Director of Amer-I-Can Illinois, Inc., and a non-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization.He
is responsible for directing all activities including the development of programs that address the positive needs of "at-risk" youth and ex-offenders.Amer-I-Can Illinois, Inc.
has a staff of an assistant director, program manager, ten facilitators and two secretaries.As a teenager, Kublai was a member of a Chicago gang.
Gang life in the sixties for young black male children was difficult, a child attempting to become a man but without adults leading them to their rights-of-passage; constantly required to recruit new members and developing new ways of bringing money into the organization; and, the violence expected of you as a member.Kublai
has been shot at on numerous occasions, participated in gang wars and was beaten by members of other gangs on numerous occasions.
As a member of the gang, Kublai
began to realize with the help of a Black Nationalist and several high school teachers that the carnage of other African-American and their communities had to be stopped and the youth redirected to a more positive force, thereby beginning a positive asset to their communities and people.Kublai
retreated from the gang and continued his
education.Kublai earned a Bachelor degree in Education and Ethic Studies and a Masters in Social Science and Corrections.He subsequently worked in the social services fields and finally at the age of 36 years, became a fireman for the Chicago Fire Department.
Dysfunctional families played a huge role in the lives of youth, basically, without adult attention and authority.Kublai's mother became an alcoholic after being a loving and kind parent during his
had a job and was the adult authority of the family until she
started to drink heavily and having blackouts.She
would leave the house and not return for several days or weeks.His
father would come to the house, provide food, and pay the rent.Kublai's father lived with his
other family of two children, two girls.At the age of thirteen, Kublai's mother had developed a brain tumor and surgery was performed on her
uncle took him to see her
in the hospital she
did not recognize her