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What We Do...

Youth leadership and development is the heart and soul of everything we do, from our programming to our philanthropic giving and service to our communities. As a chapter, we strive to implement programming initiatives with creativity and excellence. We host monthly activities for our children, chapter-wide activities for our family and friends, volunteer days for the community, National Recognition events, fundraisers and mom's-night-out for our members. All of our programming is centered around developing African American children into dynamic, culturally aware, financially adept, civic minded leaders who have a heart for community service.

Youth and Teen Programming

Chapter programs are primarily centered around leadership development, awareness of cultural heritage and community service. To these ends, we have established multifaceted initiatives such as STE[A]M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math), the Healthy Living Initiative (centered on lifestyle improvements and healthy development) and various projects with our national and local partners.  The philosophy we embrace is one of holistic enrichment of our youth and, by extension, our communities. Our national theme is The Power to Make a Difference.

  • Leadership Development: 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. 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 firsthand.
  • Civic Involvement: We represent thousands of families, over 12,000 members and associates who serve their community and families in 36 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 the lives of children and families. We achieve the goals of Jack and Jill of America through volunteerism - we serve to make a change. We actively engage in coalition efforts and on the national level partner with the American Heart Association, Habitat for Humanity, March of Dimes and others.
  • Legislative Advocacy: Since our inception, we have been committed to legislation aimed at bettering the lives of all children. Past and present legislative advocacy focus has 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, D.C., creating awareness among Congressional leaders about our mission and issues that affect American children and their families.
  • Philanthropic Giving: All layers of the organization give philanthropically. Mothers, youth, teens and associate members are responsible for raising funds annually to support the organization’s philanthropic efforts. Loose Change, a program designed for children ages 5-12, was implemented across the country to teach our youth at an early age on the value of helping others through charitable giving. One-third of all the monies raised by local chapters is sent to the Foundation to support leadership initiatives. The remaining two-thirds is contributed to a local charity of each chapter’s choosing.

Chapter Wide Events

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Upcoming Events

Holiday Celebration December 2, 2017: This year we will celebrate the holidays with Breakfast at Santa's Workshop. We will enjoy a morning filled with good friends, yummy food and giving back. Our families will be matched to a child in the Richmond Police Activity League program. Those families will be given a wish list from the child and will purchase a gift from their list. Families will bring the labeled, unwrapped gift to the breakfast and our busy workshop elves will wrap and design a special gift tag for the gift. Gifts will be personally delivered immediately after the event by elves from groups four and five.

Black History Celebration, February 11, 2017: This year’s Black History Celebration will focus on the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party. The chapter will attend the Oakland Museum’s exhibit “All Power to the People: Black Panther’s at 50.” This contemporary view of the Party and its aims to serve oppressed people and fight injustice will uncover the history of the Black Panther Party – a history that is often misunderstood. In the gallery, we will see rare historical artifacts, never-before-seen photographs, first-person accounts from former Panthers, scholars and community members and a contemporary art show how the Party continues to influence culture and activism locally, nationally and internationally. We will complete the day with discussion of the exhibit and a meal.

 
 2015 Heritage Ball, Blackhawk Country Club

2015 Heritage Ball, Blackhawk Country Club

Heritage Ball Fundraiser

For over thirty years our Chapter has been dedicated to the principles on which Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was founded: the desire to nurture future African American leaders and seek for all children the same advantages we desire for our own. Over the years, our Heritage Ball has raised over one hundred thousand dollars. These funds support not only our Foundation, but also other local non-profit organizations that change the lives of children in underserved communities. The ultimate goal of every Foundation grant dollar is to empower young people to reach their full potential.

Contra Costa County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. needs your help to make a difference in the lives of African American children in our community. We invite you to partner with us to support two critical 501(c)(3) organizations: Head Start and Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc. 

 Happy Lot Farm & Greenhouse Volunteer Day

Happy Lot Farm & Greenhouse Volunteer Day

Volunteer Service

When it comes to serving our communities, our entire family gets involved.  We raise money, we collect items for donation, and we volunteer and skills and time to serve the communities in which we live.  Community service is a big part of the Jack and Jill experience. This year, we raised money for Student's Rising Above, and we provided christmas stockings filled with gifts for their students.  We also collected books for a reading corner at the Boys and Girls club, and each age group participated in various volunteer service activities.  Additionally, our families joined forces to help a local community garden, our teens volunteered their time and our associates helped us reach both our donation and fundraising goals.

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