Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated 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.
Our objectives and aims are simple:
To create a medium of contact for children which will stimulate growth and development. To provide children a constructive educational, cultural, health, recreational and social program.
To aid mothers in learning more about their children by careful study.
To seek for all children the same advantages which we desire for our own.
To support all national legislation aimed at bettering the conditions of all children.
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 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 230 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.
We Are All About Families
Our membership is made up of mothers, which are responsible for keeping their children involved in the organization, planning and chaperoning events, serving as officers and on committees, supporting fund raising and sponsoring community service projects.
YOUTH (AGES 2-12)
Youth are engaged in activities planned by mothers that emphasize cultural, social, educational and civic activities, which set the foundations for successful leaders.
TEENS (AGES 13-19)
Teens interact in a self-governing environment strategically aligned with the mothers’ program, aimed to develop and nurture leadership skills. Additionally, teens are encouraged to hold elected offices, chair committees and further develop their understanding of the value of community service.
Fathers play a vital role in both the nuclear family structure as well as the Jack and Jill family. Fathers’ participation is not mandatory in the organization, however, fathers who do participate assist the chapter membership by offering educational training, financial literacy seminars, chaperoning child and teen events and assisting in the planning of age group activities.
Associates are mothers who have successfully completed their tenures as members. Associates enjoy continued participation without the demands of active membership such as planning activities, attending chapter meetings, etc. An associate can seek lifetime membership depending on her years of service to the organization. Associates sponsor programs such as Mothers Away from Home (MAFH) for alumni Jack and Jill members, and the annual Associates Day of Service.