Frequent check-ins with caring adults help our fighters navigate life's difficult circumstances-- from asking a date to prom or preparing for a job interview, to dealing with the death of a friend or family strife. Our fighters know they never have to be alone, and this fuels their success.
More than boxing
We contribute to the momentum improving Chicago's future by attracting youth least likely to join mentoring and tutoring programs-- the kids who like
We offer an enriching opportunity for no cost to the 100 youth enrolled and their families. Once enrolled, we connect them to mentors, engage them in academic services, and expand their horizons with college trips and explorational learning
The Bloc contributes to the momentum improving Chicago's future by attracting youth least likely to join mentoring and tutoring programs-- the kids who like to fight.
Jamyle CannonExecutive DirectorExecutive Director
Jamyle Cannon is the Executive Director and Founder of The Bloc. He is the 2009 National Collegiate Boxing Champion and a Teach for America Alumni member. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky and a Masters in Education from Arizona State University. In 2016, after building a popular boxing program in his classroom, Cannon combined his love for youth development, boxing, and education to form The Bloc.
He has been recognized as a CNN Hero, a 4-Star Chicagoan by Windy City Live, an Economic Game Changer by the New Covenant Community Development Corporation, profiled as one of the Hardest Working Voices in Sports by Chicago Sun-Times, awarded the Rich O’Leary Community Sports Award at Notre Dame University, and is generally considered by the fighters in The Bloc to be the baddest man alive.
He has sincere plans to change the after school landscape of Chicago’s West Side and provide community-building resources to his neighbors.
Juli CannonDirector of OperationsDirector of Operations
Juli Cannon is the Director of Operations for The Bloc. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Masters Degree in Secondary Education from Arizona State University, Juli is a Teach for America Alum, former Director of Science Curriculum and Instruction for KIPP Chicago, and 10-year teaching veteran, who ensures the operational excellence of The Bloc. Outside of work, Juli enjoys spending time with her husband and son, rock climbing, and sewing clothing.
Tanya BermudezOperations ManagerOperations Manager
Tanya Bermudez is the Operations Manager for The Bloc. She manages the daily logistics that ensures all the aspects to operate Bloc programs to its impact are met. She leads the biweekly produce pop-up and is a steward for gardens across Humboldt Park. Tanya is from Los Angeles, California and has survived six winters in Chicago.
Sabrina CancholaProgram ManagerProgram Manager
Sabrina Canchola is a Chicago Northwest side native and serves as one of our Program Managers at The Bloc. Her work ensures our fighters are experiencing high quality and meaningful programming, as well as managing our data to demonstrate The Bloc's success through our day to day activities. Sabrina is also currently earning her MA in Social Sector Leadership and Nonprofit Management at The University of Chicago, and is looking forward to growing as a nonprofit leader with The Bloc to continue bridging together grassroots community organizations so that we all prosper. Outside of work and school, Sabrina loves being crafty, spending time with family, and watching reality TV.
Erica RodriguezProgram ManagerProgram Manager
Erica Rodriguez is a Program Manager at The Bloc. She oversees the Boxing and Social Emotional Learning curriculums to ensure The Bloc is delivering high-impact programming to meet the needs and support the goals of every fighter. Erica studied Human Development in Context at Northwestern University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Social Work at Northeastern Illinois University. She comes to The Bloc with a winning amatuer boxing record, a Golden Gloves championship, and a dedication to spreading the love of the sport. When she's not running around at The Bloc, Erica can be found putzing in her garden, riding her motorcycle, or camping with her partner and 2 doggies.
Darleen HarrisLead Youth Development CoordinatorLead Youth Development Coordinator
Darleen Harris is the Lead Youth Development Coordinator at The Bloc. She ensures that we’re implementing programming in a way that engages the fighters and that positively impacts them. Darleen was born and raised on the West Side of Chicago, a member of the founding class of DRW, where the bloc originated, and a UIUC Alumni. At UIUC, she studied social work and gender & women’s studies. She is hoping to provide the right information to help fighters with mental health, academics, career planning and boxing. Outside of work, Darleen enjoys being a mother, business owner, and watching documentaries.
Corey RowlandYouth Development CoordinatorYouth Development Coordinator
Corey Rowland is a Youth Development Coordinator at The Bloc. He is in charge of keeping both the equipment and facilities in functional and presentable order. He is from North Carolina but West Side Chicago is home.
He has been with the program since he was 14, growing into his place at The Bloc as an employee and fighter. When he isn’t working or training at The Bloc he is crafting things, hanging out with his cats, or watching documentaries.
Tyler MatthewsYouth Development CoordinatorYouth Development Coordinator
Tyler Matthews is a Boxing Coach at The Bloc and an alumni of the program. He helps the fighters reach their boxing and physical fitness goals. He is originally from Chicago, Illinois. He is the 2017 Chicago Golden Gloves Champion and the 2018 United States Intercollegiate Boxing Champion. He is currently studying psychology at National Louis University. When he isn’t coaching, he is studying or playing video games.
Jovontae FinchYouth Development CoordinatorYouth Development Coordinator
Jovontae Finch is a driver at The Bloc. He provides safe transportation to our fighters that cannot get to our facility any other way. When he isn’t driving, he assists with workouts and other programming at The Bloc. He was a member of the founding class of The Bloc at DRW. He studied graphic design at Illinois State University. When he isn’t working at The Bloc, he is doing work as a graphic designer, working on his music, or dancing.
Chikita DavisYouth Development CoordinatorYouth Development Coordinator
Chikita Davis is a Youth Development Coordinator at The Bloc and was born and raised on the West Side of Chicago. She supports youth development and logistical functions of the program. While in high school, she was a member of The Bloc and became the first girl in the program to earn her white gloves– the highest honor of any program member at the time. She has ambitions to return to college and become a math teacher. In addition to working at The Bloc, Chikita is a freelance hair stylist.
Dylan MoronesYouth Development CoordinatorYouth Development Coordinator
Dylan Morones is a Youth Development Coordinator of The Bloc. Dylan was a white-glove boxer for The Bloc before he graduated high school in 2019 and a member of the founding class of The Bloc. He now supports youth development and logistical functions of the program. He studied business at UIUC and is currently pursuing a Bachelors for marketing. He has lived on the South Side of Chicago his whole life and has two wonderful kids. On his off time Dylan likes to read and spend time outdoors.
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