Recent grad Jakobe Hopkins gave away $5,000 worth of gas to show the community how youth can make a difference.
Through a GoFundMe page, Hopkins, LN ’20, raised $2,500 for the cause while donating the other half from his company.
“We are young people with new ideas trying to be as effective as we can,” Hopkins said.
Jakobe established Hopkins Capital Inc., a financial advising firm, his freshman year at Lutheran North. With the help of his godfather, who is president of CIBC Private Wealth Management, Hopkins advises people under 35 how to save and invest.
At age 18, Hopkins owns four rental properties. He buys multi-family homes at auction, rehabs them, and rents them out. He is attending Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service with plans to work in his family’s mortuary business.
“At Lutheran North, I learned to put God first,” Hopkins said. “And to plan big.”
His gas giveaway was just that - big. He and his business partner, 16-year-old Jamari Davon Orr, filled up more than 300 cars at the BP gas station at Natural Bridge Road and Kingshighway. Drivers were shocked to learn the gas was free, and especially that two young friends were picking up the tab.
“This one woman broke down in tears and said she didn’t know how she was going to make it to work,” Hopkins said. “God has helped me so much so that I can be financially stable. I thank God for that. I do not take that for granted at all.”
Jakobe has been donating his time and resources in other ways to help people who have been struggling financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. He has donated food to other funeral homes and plans to give $1,000 in financial aid for a student at Lutheran North.
“I want to give back to the school that gave so much to me,” he said.