THE POWER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
MISSION: Jack and Jill of America, Inc., is a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2 – 19, dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.
A new program year is upon us, bringing with it new opportunities, new challenges and I can confidently predict a new list of accomplishments for our chapter.
With a national history of over 80 years and a local history of almost 60 years of building leaders through social, cultural and educational opportunities we have a tremendous legacy to continue.
Over the next few months we will further the mission of Jack & Jill of America by nurturing future African-American leaders through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.
Jack & Jill of America has grown to 245 chapters, representing more than 40,000 family members across the county. We are a dynamic group of Mother’s United, Privileged with a Purpose, determined to create a better world for all children.
Antoinette East-Jenkins, President
The late Marion Stubbs Thomas founded Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, on January 24, 1938, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Twenty mothers came together to discuss creating an organization to provide social, cultural and educational opportunities for youth between the ages of 2 and 19. In 1946, 10 chapters were involved in the national restructuring process. The constitution and bylaws were drawn up, and the organization was incorporated under the laws of the state of Delaware.
Today, Jack and Jill boasts more than 245 chapters nationwide, representing more than 40,000 family members. Each chapter plans annual programming activities guided under a national theme. Through service projects, Jack and Jill of America creates a medium of contact for children to stimulate their growth and development. Through lobbying, educational programming, dissemination of education materials, and the organization of community and charitable events, Jack and Jill has promoted the public awareness and interests of children including child development, child growth, child quality of life, child care and the promotion of children’s rights.
“To us as mothers, [Jack and Jill] has become a means of furthering an inherent and natural desire …to bestow upon our children all the opportunities possible for a normal and graceful approach to a beautiful adulthood.” – Marion Stubbs Thomas
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