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
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.
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.
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.
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.
National Programmatic Thrusts