Joliet IL April 9 2016: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.
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 two and nineteen. In 1946, ten chapters were involved in the national restructuring process. Constitution and bylaws were drawn up and the organization was incorporated under the laws of the state of Delaware.
Today, Jack and Jill boasts over 230 chapters nationwide, representing over 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.
Youth Leadership Programs
One of the hallmarks of Jack and Jill is its emphasis on youth development with our youth leadership programs. Whether it is through skill enhancement, financial literacy or volunteer opportunities, this organization has become a national model for creating effective programs. Jack and Jill has taken ownership in responsibility for developing future leaders who possess the skills to be world leaders.
•Teen Leadership Development: The Jacqueline Moore Bowles Leadership Module is comprised of 16 modules providing the necessary skills required to effectively lead in a constantly changing society.
•Volunteer Service: Annually, Jack and Jill members and their families log thousands of hours of volunteer service. Both members and children support and participate in efforts such as annual walks, marathons, beautification projects, youth mentoring and other initiatives focused on making a difference in the communities they serve.
•Financial Literacy: It is important that youth learn fiscal responsibility at an early age. Jack and Jill’s financial literacy modules offer youth ages 6-19 an opportunity to participate in mock stock market simulations, basic financial training and real world approaches in learning the principles of responsible money management first-hand.
•Civic Involvement: We represent over 40,000 family members, and over 10,000 members who serve their communities in over 35 states. We work in a variety of capacities to include stay at home mothers, teachers, lawyers, doctors, ministers and leaders of industry with the belief that we can make a difference in lives of children and families. We serve to make a change, actively engaging with our national and local partners.
•Legislative Advocacy: Since our inception, we have been committed to legislation aimed at bettering the lives of all children. Past and president legislative advocacy focus have been on violence in the media, health and wellness initiatives, voter registration, responsible gun laws, and equal access to quality education. Biennially, Jack and Jill teens and mothers participate in the On the Hill Summit in Washington, DC, creating awareness among Congressional leaders about our mission and issues that affect American children and their families.
The branches hold annual fundraisers to fund the activities they sponsor. The Chicago Suburban Branch held their annual fundraiser at the Union Station Grand Ball Room, 50 E Jefferson St, Joliet Illinois. The lenses of sankofaonline.com were there to bring these pictures to you.