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NATIONAL PRESIDENT DANIELLE BROWN Dear Mothers and Teens,

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n behalf of the National Executive Board, I am pleased to welcome you to the 7th Biennial National Legislative ‘On the Hill’ Summit! Since its inception, Jack and Jill of America, Inc., has been committed to legislation aimed at bettering the lives of all children. Over the years, the organization’s advocacy efforts have zeroed in on a variety of topics critical to our communities. The On the Hill Summit underscores that commitment by providing our youth with valuable knowledge on critical issues, as well as an understanding of the commitment and skills necessary for active citizenship. Over four days, attendees will be briefed on pertinent issues — equity in education, gun violence safety and prevention, and voter registration and turnout — and attend workshops on how to take what they have learned and use it in their local communities. They will also have the opportunity to meet with their congressional leaders on Capitol Hill and discuss issues and concerns that are affecting their peers and communities. It’s important that we involve our youth in the political process, including elections, legislative advocacy, and other important civic duties. We aim to build what one great newsman referred to as a ‘great reforming generation’ … one that marries the aspirations of service to the possibilities of politics and harnesses the good work done in local communities to transform a nation.

I am grateful to the National Legislative Committee — under the leadership of National Chair Ericka Gibson, from the Mid-Atlantic Region, and under the guidance of National Corresponding Secretary Connie GuilloryAdams — who expertly organized this year’s event. Their work demonstrates that Jack and Jill of America, Inc., is a viable African American organization that brings substantive and legitimate issues to congressional leaders for their review and consideration. Yours in Jack and Jill service, Danielle Brown 26th National President

Together, we are taking legislative advocacy to the next level!”

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NATIONAL CORRESPONDING SECRETARY CONSUELLA GUILLORY-ADAMS

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ELCOME! I am so delighted to welcome you to the 2019 On the Hill Legislative Summit! “The Time is Now” to convene for workshops, town hall meeting, and discussions, as well as, meet with Congressional leaders to increase awareness of the legislative process, and advocacy in action. The 7th Biennial “On the Hill” Legislative Summit will provide an educational experience for its participants through a robust legislative advocacy agenda. Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is a non-profit organization that is committed to enriching the lives of all children in the communities where we live and serve. The core of Jack and Jill philosophy is that every child, if given the proper direction and opportunity, can develop into a leader. Since its inception, the Organization has remained committed to bettering the lives of all children through legislative advocacy. Whether we are advocating for issues such as gun violence prevention, supporting grass-root initiatives, or encouraging voter registration and turnout, we are committed to mobilizing and making a difference. We believe that all children matter. To love what you do, do what you love with extraordinarily gifted people, and feel that it matters...how could anything be more fun and rewarding! It is in this spirit that I thank the amazing mothers of the 2018-2020 National Legislative Committee. Under the

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magnanimous leadership of National Chair Ericka Gibson (Mid-Atlantic), with absolute certainty, this committee, Chairs Rhonda Mason (Central), Veda Shamsid-Deen (Eastern), Cyreena Boston-Ashby (Far West), Chair Rochelle Prestage (Mid-Western), Chair La Tonya Woodson Mayfield (South Central) and Chair CaMia Hopson (Southeastern), is passionate about their work and have made every effort to ensure that this On the Hill Legislative Summit of is remarkable and memorable for each of you. Every detail was considered with you in mind. Special thanks to our Headquarters team and the National Executive Board. Your contributions are priceless. I’d like to thank each of you for attending this summit and bringing your spirits of advocacy, activism, and excitement with you. Enjoy the 2019 On the Hill Legislative Summit. Your presence is an indication that you are committed to making a positive difference, not only in your communities, but throughout your state and the country. Again, WELCOME! Sincerely, Consuella Guillory-Adams National Corresponding Secretary


NATIONAL LEGISLATIVE CHAIR ERICKA GIBSON Dear Jack and Jill Family,

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n behalf of the National Legislative Committee, I would like to thank you for joining us at our seventh biennial On The Hill Legislative Summit. The Time is Now! This Summit is a place for us to sharpen our advocacy skills and work collectively to address key issues affecting our community. We would like to acknowledge each of you for making this a memorable event for years to come. We extend a special thanks to our Summit Sponsors, Viacom, Dove and Senoda. Your contributions are invaluable to the organization. We are proud of the accomplishments of Jack and Jill and know that we could not have delivered on our mission without you. Moms of Jack and Jill of America, Inc, we would like to thank you for your dedication and commitment to our organization. You could be doing anything, but you choose, time and time again, to extend yourselves to our communities. Thank you for always doing more. As we embark upon four days of advocacy, we hope that you will embrace all of the exciting events our committee has planned. This week will be a true reflection of our past and commitment to our present, and future. It will be an opportunity to honor those who have worked tirelessly over the years to spread the mission of Jack and Jill and to continue to forge new paths of service. Under the leadership of our National Executive Board, we will continue to make children our top priority, through diverse programs focused on leadership development, cultural exposure, community service, legislative advocacy and philanthropic giving. In the spirit of celebration, I want to personally thank each of you for your support, your encouraging messages, your dedication and your integrity. I am confident that this Summit

will be a memorable one for years to come. The work of Jack and Jill is not for the faint at heart, yet you continue to work month after month, in the spirit of selflessness and service. If ever the burden seems too heavy, I hope that you will lean on each other, step back and look at the product of your hard work - the children. I’d like to extend the most heartfelt appreciation to our National Legislative Committee: Chair Rhonda Mason (C), Chair Veda ShamsidDeen (E), Chair Cyreena Boston-Ashby (FW), Chair Rochelle Prestage (MW), Chair La Tonya Woodson Mayfield (SC) and Chair CaMia Hopson (SE) and our dedicated NEB Liaison, NCS Consuella Guillory Adams. You have been an amazing team and have made planning this Summit a time that I will always treasure. To our team at Headquarters, thank you for all that you do for Jack and Jill. You are the rock of our organization. To Michelle Wilker and the Eventsibles team, thank you for calm and flawless execution of logistics. In closing, I am honored to stand on the shoulders of so many great women before me and am proud of our 81 years of service. We are proud to say that we are truly raising the next generation of African-American leaders, while enhancing the lives of all children. Thank you for the opportunity to be of service. Sisterly, Ericka K. Gibson (Mid-Atlantic) National Legislative Chair

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2018-2020 NATIONAL LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE

RHONDA MASON Central Region

VEDA SHAMSID-DEEN Eastern Region

CYREENA BOSTON-ASHBY Far West Region

ERICKA GIBSON, CHAIR Mid-Atlantic Region

ROCHELLE PRESTAGE LA TONYA WOODSON-MAYFIELD Mid-Western Region South Central Region

CAMIA HOPSON Southeastern Region

ABOUT THE ON THE HILL SUMMIT The On the Hill Legislative Summit is Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated’s National Legislative Event. Our goal is to demonstrate that Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is a viable African-American organization that brings substantive and legitimate issues to Congressional leaders for their review and consideration. Our teens, mothers and fathers will advocate as a unified voice on children’s issues, attend legislative workshops, host town hall meetings, engage panelists, and meet with elected officials. Our legislative summit is not the typical “meet and great” event! The summit enables and empowers youth to take-action, as advocates, for their peers and communities. The young advocates, first, complete some preconference work in preparation for the Capitol Hill visits.

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They are briefed on the latest proposals under consideration by the Administration and Congress. The young advocates then work in collaborative state teams to craft messages and stories that will resonate with the policymakers. More importantly, the advocates will walk the halls of Congress, meeting with his or her respective Senators and Representatives. This is their opportunity to transform society and themselves, consciously and collectively using their expert power, their voting power, and their people power to move us visibly towards a world that works for all. The summit is a fast-paced, action-oriented experience that will leave the advocates knowing that they can make a difference!


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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 7:00PM-10:00PM Summit Registration 7:00PM-9:00PM “Welcome to Chocolate City” Pr esident’s Welcome and Dessert Reception with NP Danielle Brown THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 7:00AM-2:00PM Summit Registration 7:30AM-10:00AM “Advocacy in Action” Breakfast and On The Hill Advocacy Briefing 10:30AM-4:00PM “Jack and Jill Goes On The Hill” Congressional Meetings 7:00PM-11:00PM “Celebrating Our Greatness” OTH Legislative Awards Reception (National Museum of African American History and Culture) FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 7:00AM-10:00AM Summit Registration 7:30AM-9:00AM “The Power of Advocacy: We Have the Power” Breakfast 9:15AM-11:00AM “Advocacy in Action” Workshop and Follow-Up (Buses board immediately after) 12:00PM-4:00PM “It’s a Different World: An HBCU Experience” Howard University Tour and HBCU Syumposium 12:30PM-1:45PM “An Afternoon with The Colored Girls” Panel Discussion (Howard University) 5:00PM-9:00PM “A Taste of DC” Regional Dinners 10:00PM-11:30PM “Social Activism Through Art” Teen Rally and Poster Workshop SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 7:30AM-9:00AM “The Power of Legislation” Breakfast 9:15AM-10:30AM “Get Up! Stand Up!” Townhall Meeting 10:30AM-12:45PM Lunch Break (on your own) 1:00PM-3:00PM “The Time is Now” Gun Violence Prevention Virtual Rally 3:30PM-4:30PM “A Fireside Chat” with Valerie Jarrett 4:30PM-5:15PM “When We All Vote” Presentation 8:00PM-11:00PM “Walk it Like You Talk It” Teen Dance (Sponsored by the Washington DC Chapter) SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 8:00AM-11:00AM Soulful Sunday Brunch and OTH Awards 11:00AM DEPARTURES

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SPEAKERS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 “ADVOCACY IN ACTION” BREAKFAST Jamee McAdoo JJOA Poet Christopher Kush, MPP CEO, Soapbox Consulting OTH LEGISLATIVE AWARDS RECEPTION Allison Seymour Anchor, FOX 5 Award Recipients: The Honorable Alma Adams (D-NC) The Honorable Bobby Scott (D-VA) The Late Mary Lee Allen, Children’s Defense Fund FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 “POWER OF ADVOCACY” BREAKFAST The Honorable Lucy McBath (D-GA) Muthoni Wambu-Kraal National Political and Organizing Director, DNC “THE COLORED GIRLS” PANEL DISCUSSION Donna Brazile Political Strategist and FOX News Contributor Yolanda Caraway CEO, The Caraway Group Rev. Leah Daughtry Pastor/Former CEO, 2008 & 2016 DNC Committee Minyon Moore Principal, Dewey Square Group HBCU SYMPOSIUM Dr. Anthony Wutoh Provost, Howard University Dr. Greg Carr Professor, Africana Studies, Howard University

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LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 “POWER OF LEGISLATION” BREAKFAST Kemba Smith Activist/Author/Speaker TOWN HALL MEETING Sophia Dennis Essence Girls United Bakari Sellers Attorney/Politician/Political Analyst, CNN Benjamin Crump, Esq. Civil Rights Attorney Stacey Samuel Supervising Editor, NPR Shermichael Singleton Republican Strategist/Commentator Moderator: Jeffrey Johnson Author and Former BET Show Host VIRTUAL RALLY GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION Nupoli Kiazolu Activist, Black Lives Matter Joely Wilson Social Media Influencer James Clark VP/Community Outreach, Better Family Life Gun Violence Prevention Benjamin Crump, Esq. Civil Rights Attorney Tyah Roberts, Parkland HS Student March for our Lives Shermichael Singleton Republican Strategist/Commentator A FIRESIDE CHAT WITH VALERIE JARRETT Valerie Jarrett Author, Former Sr. Advisor, Pres. Obama Stephanie Young Managing Director When We all Vote 2019 ON THE HILL SUMMIT

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