2 Greetings from Jack and Jill 6 National Program Committee 7 Introducing the National Teen Board 8 Celebrate 75! Jack and Jill Celebrates 75 Years 10 2013 On the Hill Legislative Summit Jack and Jill on Capitol Hill
12 Cultural Heritage & History Task Force 13 Jack and Jill Partnerships The National Spotlight 17 Regional Programming Jack and Jill Regional Highlights 29 Chapter Programming POWER UP to Reach Our Potential
Cover artwork from Celebrate 75! page 9
132 Mother-Away-From-Home Project 134 Jack and Jill of America Foundation We Do Great Things for Kids! 138 Reports from the Members-at-Large 145 75 Acts of Kindness 146 Programming Awards 156 Our National Executive Board
Executive Memo from the National President Tamara Turnley Robinson 23rd National President
with the American Heart Association, the March of Dimes, the National Museum for African-American Culture & History and The Childrens Defense Fund.
Welcome mothers to SCOPE !
COPE is a signature annual publication of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Every year since 1953, it has highlighted who we are as an organization through our programmatic thrust. The articles contained in SCOPE represent the very heart and soul of our mission: to create a medium of contact for children which will stimulate growth and development and to provide a constructive educational, cultural, civic, health, recreational and social program. My vision as National President has been to strengthen our position as the premier African-American family organization in the country. To that end, the 2012 – 2014 National Executive Board and the National Program Committee have embraced our theme “Power and Potential, Parents Empowering Youth” through the pillars of Leadership Development, Cultural Heritage and Community Service. The 2014 edition of SCOPE is a stellar example of the wonderful activities our families execute across the nation. I am thrilled to see the level that our members have embraced our pillar components of Leadership in Action (LIA), STE’A’M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), Cultural Heritage Awareness and History, HBCU linkages, Healthy Living activities and Legislative Advocacy, and your continued efforts to ensure that wherever a Jack and Jill chapter exists, that community will be the better for it. We continue to actively partner nationally
My heartfelt gratitude is extended to our passionate National Program Director Gladys Henderson and the National Program Committee for the work they have done to support and enhance the efforts of our chapters. To each and every Chapter Program Director – Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! The work you do is absolutely essential to the continued vitality of this organization. To the members of my home chapter and region, the North Suburban Atlanta Chapter, and the Sweet Southeastern Region, thank you for being the wind beneath my wings. To my National Executive Board, thank you for your steadfast support. To my family, thank you for providing me the support, love and inspiration that has allowed me the opportunity to serve this wonderful organization. To every mother member who reads this letter, please know that the investment of your time, talent and resources to continue the rich legacy afforded by our founding mothers is appreciated and will make a lasting positive difference in our future. On behalf of the National Executive Board, please enjoy your 2014 SCOPE,
Tamara Turnley Robinson
23rd National President
Expressions from the
National Program Director Gladys M. Henderson National Program Director
many programming events that we are doing in our communities across the nation. Please take the time to read every article. SCOPE not only celebrates the successes of programs that our families have enjoyed, but also allows you to glean ideas and inspiration that may assist your chapter’s activities.
ower & Potential. It means one thing to say these words, but it’s definitely another perspective to actually share in the experiences of these words. Each day, all across the country, Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, is making an indelible mark in the lives of others. How? By implementing innovative and enriching programs through chapter activities, community service, philanthropic giving, legislative advocacy, and national and regional programming. The experiences that we cultivate and nurture continue to enhance a solid legacy of excellence. Our awesome organization has earned the reputation of being the premier African-American family organization as a result of the power and potential within each of us. As your National Program Director, I am honored to present the 2014 edition of SCOPE. First published sixty-one years ago, SCOPE spotlights the diversity and richness of programs sponsored by our chapters. Our members are implementing incredible programs that uphold our national theme, “Power & Potential: Parents Empowering Youth through Leadership Development, Cultural Heritage and Community Service.” We are mothers committed to the idea that life affords no greater responsibility and no greater privilege than raising African-American children who know that they are unique, have purpose and are extraordinary achievers.
Serving as Chair of the National Program Committee, I have the pleasure of working with a group of seven amazing Regional Program Chairs. They are selfless, hardworking and committed to generating results that benefit and empower children and the community, while providing our chapters with the necessary tools to be engaged and informed. Thank you to the National Executive Board under the leadership of National President Tamara Robinson for embracing and always supporting me. A very special thank-you to the Sensational South Central Region, under the leadership of Regional Director Millie Mitchell; the Clear Lake/Bay Area Chapter; and my family for being the wind beneath my wings. I also extend my sincere appreciation to Executive Director, Dy Brown, Kristjen Renard, and Graphic Designer, Jill Antos. This publication would not have been possible without each of you. Of course, this beautiful journey has not been without the sacrifice of time, talent and financial resources, given by our Jack and Jill members. I ask that we continue to challenge ourselves to live up to our motto: “Let’s Work, Let’s Play, Let’s Live Together.” Thank you for your unwavering commitment to our children, families and communities. May we all embrace every opportunity to help others! Enjoy!
Gladys M. Henderson National Program Director
SCOPE allows us to highlight only a fraction of the SCOPE 2014
A Message from the National Headquarters Dy Brown
ur commitment to the 76-year vision of our founding mothers to bestow upon our children all the opportunities possible for a normal and graceful approach to a beautiful adulthood continues to unfold today in ways that offer life-changing experiences. I invite you to look through our 2014 SCOPE publication to celebrate our programmatic thrusts at a local, regional, and national level. This administration has launched into new territory this year focusing on raising the profile of Parents Empowering Youth through Leadership Development, Cultural Heritage and Community Service. The level of engagement and the creative outcomes have inspired us, and we know they will inspire you as well. It has been a pleasure working with our mothers, family members, alumni and partners at numerous events over the last year including our 75th Gala, our 2013 On the Hill Summit in Washington DC and events across the country. Our Jack and Jill family shares on a daily basis with me the great work that is happening across the country. It is extremely rewarding to share just a snippet in this annual publication of what we have done as an organization over the last year within our chapters and working hand in hand with multiple partners and stakeholders. We continue to be at the forefront of recognizing the importance of strengthening the African-American family in our nation.
I would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the Headquarters team as they support our members through their hard work. They deserve our sincerest appreciation for their efforts in providing members with the means to enhance current programming initiatives and the ability to showcase to the world. We continue to transform all aspects of the membership experience to accommodate the ever changing technology demands. Our website and social media tools are regularly updated so that we have a revolving medium to spotlight individual members, chapters, and alumni. On behalf of the National Headquarters team, congratulations are extended to the 2012-2014 National Executive Board for exemplifying the meaning of true servant leadership. The dedication to youth programming is motivating and we will continue to work with organizations and communities across this country who embrace our core values. This organization would not have survived without our Founders’ vision and the tenacity of leaders who understand the need for evolving youth programming. These are truly exciting and historic times at Jack and Jill of America, Inc. All my best,
Dyonicia “Dy” Brown
Jack and Jill of America Foundation Jacqueline Bowles, Foundation President Pier A. Blake, Foundation Executive Director Greetings Mothers and Friends of Foundation,
e are so pleased that with your contributions we continue to Do Great Things Great Things for Kids! In this issue of SCOPE you will gain some insight into the National Programming Initiatives and a Foundation Update on our grantees. Thank you to National President Robinson and National Program Director Gladys Henderson for strengthening the legacy designed by our Founders in 1938. Your contributions allow Jack and Jill to continue awarding UNCF scholarships to highly qualified students. This year 24 students will have the opportunity of a lifetime - a college education. Some students are the first among their family to attend a college or university of their choice. We have the unique opportunity to become a part of their history and family legacy. Our youngest philanthropists continue to give through “Positive Change with Loose Change” which continues to benefit education initiatives. This year schools in the Central Region will receive funding to improve and update their libraries. Your contributions also support over 70 grantee organizations that focus on the positive development
of children. Many of these organizations depend on our support to empower and inspire children to create positive change in this world. During this year, Foundation has moved to having a more online presence. Visit our website to learn more about our grantees and successful programs like the Jackson, Mississippi Chapter’s ACT preparation and others. Join us on Facebook and Twitter, to see what chapters are doing to support Foundation grantees in your community. These are just a few of the ways Foundation is sharing our successes. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, communities and the children served by your contributions, thank you!
Pier A. Blake
Foundation Executive Director SCOPE 2014
National Program Committee
Gladys Henderson, Chair
Monica Moton Williams Central
Marie Scott Far West
Nikki Farrior Eastern
Helen Griffith Mid-Atlantic
Melissa Johnson South Central
Shermanita Cotton Mid-Western
Latrecia Jordan Southeastern 6â€ƒ
The National Teen Board By Taylor Hamilton Eastern Region Teen President
e as a collaborative group of Regional Teen Presidents, each representing the collective ideas and cultures of our respective regions, have come together to form the first ever National Teen Board of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Consisting of Central Region President Quinton Burnett, Eastern Region President Taylor Hamilton, Far West Region President Anna Barefield, Mid-Atlantic Region President Sydney Reed, Mid-Western Region President Trey Avery, South Central Region President Madeline Jones, Southeastern Region President Justis Gibbs, the National Teen Board (NTB) is defined by the eclectic petals of regional diversity, forming an elegant rose of premier leadership held upon a foundation stem of our organization’s ambitious youth. The Board was born in August 2013 in Charlotte, NC. As solely Regional Teen Presidents in Officer Training, we bonded instantly with a firm grip on each other’s different experiences in our respective regions of Jack and Jill. There, with each other’s input and intuitive minds, we helped plan the On the Hill summit in September 2013, which brought together hundreds of teens to celebrate and honor the life of Carole Robertson, a former Jack and Jill member who lost her life in the Birmingham Church bombing of 1963. The summit also promoted leadership through a number of workshops and presentations, and we were able to experience history touring Capitol Hill and marching to the Martin Luther King Jr. monument.
In early February of 2014, we as the National Teen Board met at a retreat in Phoenix, Arizona to evaluate our efforts and vision for the future of the NTB. We believe the purpose of the NTB is to give teens a voice on the national level, to help Jack and Jill unite as a single organization as opposed to seven seemingly independently functioning regions, and to help stand as role models and examples of the Jack and Jill product that our parents are hoping to build. Our focus is taking Jack and Jill to the next level, through giving the teens more of a voice in more important issues, not simply trivial matters, and rather taking Jack and Jill to the mainstream by advocating and advertising the accomplishments of the organization to America to help to further eliminate all stereotypes of the average black teenager. Overall, the NTB represents teens who are trying to make changes and work to improve themselves and their organization. We would like to show our undivided thanks and appreciation to the National Executive Board, under the leadership of National President Tamara Turnley Robinson, for supporting our efforts and helping our vision see the day of light. Without your help, the NTB would not exist. We hope to embody the spirit of Jack and Jill through our efforts, and the efforts of future Regional Teen Presidents, as we work, play, and live together in harmony, leadership, and achievement.
PICTURED (LEFT TO RIGHT) Front: Anna Barefield, Far West; Sydney Reed, Mid-Atlantic; Madeline Jones, South Central Back: Trey Avery, Mid-Western; Taylor Hamilton, Eastern; Quinton Burnett, Central; Justis Gibbs, Southeastern SCOPE 2014
Celebrate 75 Jack and Jill Celebrates 75 Great Years By Demethra Orion, South Central Region ‘Celebrate 75’ Chair
he Celebrate 75 Event on April 20, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania engaged past national and regional officers in the celebration of our organizations first 75 years, including 8th National President Eleanor DeLoache Brown (who passed away in September 2013). We were so thankful Past President DeLoache Brown could join us in this celebration as we recognized and applauded the contributions and sacrifices of those who have gone before us. In addition to Jack and Jill leadership past and present, our children were also a big part of the celebration. The children and teens who were present during the celebration in Philadelphia enjoyed a fun and informative scavenger hunt throughout
the city of Philadelphia. In addition, two of our young ones, Kayla Parham, Piano and Eliza Bryant, Violin both of Chester County Chapter shared their musical talent during the Founders Vintage Tea. During the Celebration Dinner and Dance, Regional Teen President Taylor Hamilton shared a stirring and inspirational original poem commemorating our 75th anniversary. Across the nation, over 1000 children in all seven regions contributed to the 75th anniversary Children’s Art Canvas project. The four beautiful canvases (see page 9) were unveiled at the conclusion of the Founders Vintage Tea. As we look to the future, here’s to another 75 years. LONG LIVE JACK AND JILL!
n 2013, the children and teens of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated celebrated the 75th anniversary of the organization by creating and submitting individual pieces of art to create a collaborative art canvas. Over 1,000 pieces of uniquely decorated 3” circles and 4” rectangles were submitted. The pieces were assembled by artist Karin Mervis into four 4’ x 4’ ‘community canvas’ illustrations. Each J&J region is represented in the four canvases by the color they were assigned: Central Region (Yellow), Eastern Region (Blue), Far West Region (Green), Mid-Atlantic Region (Red), Mid-Western Region (Orange), South Central Region (Pink), and Southeastern Region (Purple). The artist was inspired to assemble the children’s pieces in the form of circles. Circles commonly represent unity, wholeness, and infinity.
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today’s society. Panelists included David Alpert, creator of the “Deconstructing Race” project, school administrator and teacher; Dallas Dance, Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools; Rev. Tony Lee, Pastor of Community of Hope AME Church; Taylar Lewis, a student at Howard University; Angela Rye, principal at IMPACT Strategies; Albert Sanders, counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee; and David Smith, director of development at the AllenStevenson School. Other activities included a tour of historic Howard University, legislative visits, legislative workshops, tours of the city and a march to the MLK, Jr. Memorial to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the passing of Jack and Jill’s own Carole Robertson. Carole was one of four little girls who perished in the Birmingham Church Bombing in 1963. President Barack Obama posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to Carole, Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair and Cynthia Wesley. Rep. John Lewis gave a stellar presentation on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. At age 23, he spoke at the March as the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinator Committee (SNCC). His address before our Jack and Jill families was personal and
emotional, detailing his own experiences as an African-American and his hopes for the future of our nation. As part of the OTH Summit, we honored our Jack and Jill heroes at the Capitol Reception including Carole Robertson, Marian Wright Edelman, Rep. James Clyburn, Rep. Gregory Meeks, Rep. Terri Sewell and the Honorable Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale. We received proclamations from Maryland Delegate James E. Proctor, Jr. and Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray. We also held a National Legislative Awards Luncheon and heard presentations from Jay Williams, who was appointed by President Barack Obama to head the Economic Development Administration, and Mike McCurry from the Junior Statesmen Foundation. We gave awards to the chapters with the best legislative advocacy programs nationwide including: educational component, legislative priorities, community collaboration, inclusion of children and/or teens, creativity, uniqueness, presentation (including pictures). The results were as follows: 1st Place—North Jersey, NJ Chapter 2nd Place (tie)—Greater Channel, TX Chapter and Montgomery County, MD Chapter
3rd Place (tie)—Louisville, KY Chapter and Western Suburban Chicago, IL Chapter The next Legislative Awards Luncheon will take place at the National Convention on August 1, 2014 and the top submissions are due from the regions by June 15, 2014. Young people in attendance at the legislative summit represented all regions of the country and cities nationwide. Some of the attendees included our National Teen Board which is comprised of Regional Teen Presidents including Quinton Burnett, Justis Gibbs, Taylor Hamilton, Willie Avery, Anna Barefield, Madeline Jones and Sydney Reed. The National Legislative Committee firmly believes in the power of team work and we thank all of you who attended the OTH Summit as volunteers or registrants! National Legislative Chair Paula McCann Harris and Eastern Region Legislative Chair Mondi Kumbula-Fraser served as the OTH Summit Co-Chairs. The other members of the National Legislative Committee include Karen Clopton (Far West Region), Colette Honorable (Central Region), Yulanda McCarty Harris (Mid-Western Region), Nyya Parson Hudson (Southeastern Region), and Sonja McIntosh (MidAtlantic Region).
Cultural Heritage & History
uring our 2013 On The Hill Summit in Washington DC, our visit to Howard University featured a presentation by Professor Gregory Carr, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Chair of Afro-American Studies. The Q&A afterwards with our tweens and teens highlighted a thirst for the type of information presented during Dr. Carrâ€™s presentation. It was apparent that there is a need for a focus on our cultural heritage & history and that our complete history as African-Americans is not being sufficiently addressed in our primary 12â€ƒ
and secondary educational institutions. With the belief that no child should graduate from Jack and Jill without having been exposed and immersed in this knowledge, National President Tamara Turnley Robinson announced to those assembled that the National Executive Board would assemble a Cultural Heritage & History Task Force that would research the need and provide their findings and recommendations to the membership during the 41st National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Partners and Affiliates
Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is a proud partner of the following organizations who play a critical role in helping us to realize our missions of community service and preparing children to be successful leaders. To find out ways that your organization can partner with Jack and Jill, please call us at (202) 667-7010.
American Heart Association
Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is proud to join forces with the American Heart Association’s Power To End Stroke movement to raise awareness of stroke risk factors and warning signs among the African American community. The American Heart Association (AHA) is a non-profit organization in the United States that fosters appropriate cardiac care in an effort to reduce disability and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke. It is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is: “Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.”
Association of Black Cardiologists
Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is proud to collaborate with the Association of Black Cardiologists in their Spirit of the Heart Community Initiative. The programs are developed to help the general population understand that heart disease is preventable, and heart healthy practices are important for longevity. Founded in 1974, the Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc., (ABC) is a nonprofit organization with an international membership of 2,500 health professionals, lay members of the community (Community Health Advocates), corporate members, and institutional members. The ABC is dedicated to eliminating the disparities related to cardiovascular disease in all people of color. Today, the ABC’s public and private partnerships continue to increase our impact in communities across the nation.
Children’s Defense Fund
The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. They champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation. Supported by foundation and corporate grants and individual donations, CDF advocates nationwide on behalf of children to ensure children are always a priority.
ESSENCE is Where Black Women Come First for news, entertainment and motivation. ESSENCE occupies a special place in the hearts of millions of Black women-it’s not just a magazine but her most trusted confidante, a brand that has revolutionized the magazine industry and has become a cultural institution in the African-American community. Founded in 1968, Essence Communications Inc. (ECI) launched ESSENCE, the ground-breaking magazine created exclusively for African-American women in 1970. For 42 years, the company has flourished and expanded beyond the pages of its flagship magazine to generate brand extensions such as the Essence Music Festival, Women Who Are Shaping the World Leadership Summit, Window on Our Women (WOW I, II & III) and Smart Beauty I, II & III consumer insights, the Essence Book Club, Essence.com, and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD) via Essence Studios. SCOPE 2014
Habitat for Humanity
Through our Rebuild America initiative, Jack and Jill of America is committed to raising awareness and advocating for universal decent housing — striving to dismantle and alter the systems that reinforce and entrench poverty housing. In doing so, we can make an affordable, decent place to live a reality for all. Jack and Jill of America members have donated to the Windy City Habitat for Humanity, and have dedicated resources and labor to rebuilding efforts in New Orleans and Philadelphia. Habitat For Humanity International is an international, non-governmental, non-profit organization devoted to building “simple, decent, and affordable” housing. The mission statement of Habitat for Humanity is to “seek to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Homes are built using volunteer labor and are sold at no profit.
INROADS, Inc. is an international, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to develop and place talented underserved youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership. INROADS prepares students through mentorship, specialized career training, and internship opportunities. Over the past 43 years, INROADS has produced nearly 27,000 alumni through its core college internship program. INROADS is committed to increasing the pipeline of diverse talent for corporate leadership. In alignment with INROADS’ strategic plan to reach students earlier and utilize best-practices, INROADS is committed to developing an additional 200 students each year by expanding its current college internship model to begin in the sophomore year of high school. INROADS College Links.
Junior Statesment of America
Through our On the Hill Summit Legislative priorities, we partner with the Junior State of America (JSA). JSA’s mission is to strengthen American democracy by educating and preparing high school students for life-long involvement and responsible leadership in a democratic society. In the student-run Junior State and at JSA summer schools and summer institutes, participants learn statesmanship as they engage in political discourse. They cultivate democratic leadership skills, challenge one another to think critically, advocate their own opinions, develop respect for opposing views and learn to rise above self-interest to promote the public good. By participating in these activities, each member gains a more intelligent and informed viewpoint. JSA also provides a wonderful chance to meet and make friends with scores of other bright, involved students who have similar interests. It’s an experience that no young person would want to miss.
March of Dimes
Almost from our inception, Jack and Jill of America has been involved with efforts to end polio from fundraising to participating in walks, coordinating auctions, and chapter participation in March of Dimes programming. More recently, our participation in the March for Babies program helps to ensure that all babies get a chance for healthy lives. After being a catalyst in eradicating polio, the March of Dimes turned its focus to preventing birth defects and infant mortality. It has led the way to discover the genetic causes of birth defects, to promote newborn screening, and to educate medical professionals and the public about best practices for healthy pregnancy. The rising incidence of premature birth has demanded action, and the March of Dimes has responded by initiating an intensive, multi-year campaign to raise awareness and find the causes of prematurity.
By Regina Page National Editor
ack and Jill of America, Incorporated and the March of Dimes have historically worked in cooperation with one another in service to the community, coordinating efforts to facilitate the development of educational programs to increase healthy birth outcomes through improved access to prenatal care for women. The 2012 – 2014 National Executive Board elected to continue our National Partnership with the March of Dimes, working with them to bring stronger, healthier babies into the world. Through our efforts with March for Babies and Prematurity Awareness Month, we have an opportunity to raise awareness and funds to help the March of Dimes prevent birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. In addition, one member was selected from each region to serve as a Jack and Jill/March of Dimes Ambassador through the end of the 2014 program year helping to spread the message about the organization’s efforts to improve the health of babies. Our Ambassadors help our membership connect the facts and figures of premature birth with an actual mother and baby. Sharing their baby’s stories makes all the difference in raising awareness and funds. Jack and Jill/March of Dimes Ambassador Monica Joiner participated in the 2013 March of Dimes Tampa Bay Walk. She and the Greater Tampa Chapter formed “Team She” for the walk and served as volunteers. “Team She” donated $1,000 towards the cause!
Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated leadership attended National Volunteer Leadership Conference to, learn new information, share expertise and be recognized for achievement of mutually agreed upon goals of volunteer leadership and mission engagement.
The Sacramento, CA Chapter wears purple in support of World Prematurity Day during November’s Prematurity Awareness Month. The November Mothers’ meeting began with a prayer for the mother and the infant child.
ack and Jill chapters and members nationwide are proud to be financial contributors to the Smithsonianâ€™s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Opening in 2015, the museum will be a place where all Americans can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience, what it means to their lives and how it helped us shape this nation. Designed by four architectural firms (whose body of work includes the Reginald Lewis Museum in Baltimore and the Harvey
B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture in Charlotte, among others), the museum will be a centerpiece venue for ceremonies and performances, as well as a primary exhibition space for African American history and culture. As part of the On the Hill Summit, on September 16, 2013, National President Tamara Turnley Robinson and Jacqueline Moore Bowles, President of the Jack and Jill Foundation, presented a $25,000 check to Margaret Turner of the Smithsonian Institution.
Central Region C
entral Region, the heartland of Jack and Jill, is committed to empowering our youth to become world leaders. As mothers of the region, we accept the responsibility to prepare them through purposeful programming that enriches our children socially, culturally, legislatively and educationally. Our region kicked off this program year with four area work day clusters for our teens. Each cluster teens gained more insight on selecting the right college and learning about various STEAM careers firsthand from professionals in the fields of engineering, arts and medicine. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, teens not only learned more about this historical civil rights event, but had lively discussions on what they would march for today. These workshops were facilitated by legends in the field including judges, lawyers, state legislators and college professors. We also piggybacked on the Trayvon Martin discussion from the 2014 On the Hill Summit in Washington D.C. and continued the
dialogue with various African-American community leaders in the area. Teens and moms also collectively donated over 200 toiletries, books and school supplies to area nonprofits in Des Moines, Oklahoma City, St. Louis and Denver. During the month of April, younger members will join the service challenge by participating in donation drives and community service projects during the four area childrenâ€™s clusters. Lastly, our youth will learn more about cultural heritage, financial literacy and STEAM careers.
Monica Morton Williams Central Region Program Chair
Eastern Region T
he Mighty Eastern Region, under the direction of Regional Director Joi Grady, enjoyed a robust season of memorable, thoughtful and community impacting programs.
The Eastern Region continues to Educate, Inspire and Empower our Jack and Jill families. In August 2013, the Mighty East led and organized Jack and Jillâ€™s participation in the historic 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Over 300 marchers joined us from across the region and our families received special VIP seating on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. It was a moving experience and we were honored to hear speakers such as Attorney General Eric Holder, Rep. John Lewis, Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson and the parents of Trayvon Martin speak passionately about civil rights, racial profiling and gun control. In September 2013, during our national biennial legislative event, On the Hill Summit, The Capitol Reception, which was planned
by the Mighty East, honored Carole Robertson, Marian Wright Edelman, Rep. James Clyburn, Rep. Gregory Meeks, Rep. Terri Sewell and the Honorable Nicole Y. LambHale. From our Regional leadership, National Vice President Tammy King, RD Joi Grady, and Regional Teen President Taylor Hamilton spoke at the Capitol Reception. We also received proclamations from legislators from the District of Columbia and Maryland. Our Eastern Region Community Food Drive continues to challenge chapters in our region to donate food and quality prepared meals to help end hunger in our area. Last year more than 80,000 pounds of food were donated from our region, providing meals for thousands of families. This program year, our goal is to increase donations to 100,000 pounds. In October 2013, the Montgomery County, MD Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. helped to contribute 26, 510 lbs of food. They collected 1,808 lbs and volunteered 50 hours for 50 meals totaling 4,308 Meals. Celebrating our 75 year legacy, the Celebrate 75 event honored our past national
and regional officers. We enjoyed an afternoon vintage tea which included a fashion show highlighting past decades of fashion. The Eastern Regional Team chose the 1970s as their decade to represent. The Newton chapter enthusiastically hosted our Teen Conference 2013, in the historic city of Boston. Our teens had the opportunity to network across their age groups, visit some of the top colleges in our country, participate in a variety of educational and inspirational workshops, show us just how talented they are via the Talent Showcase, wrote to their legislators about tighter gun control laws, and gave back to the community by preparing over 7,000 sandwiches for the homeless in Boston.
Caribbeanâ€™s Explorer of the Seas. On the fabulous cruise to Bermuda we elected new officers, conducted regional business, made new friends, and enjoyed family time. Sisterly Yours in Jack and Jill,
Eastern Region Program Chair
Eastern Region Legislative Chair
Finally, the Greater Essex, NJ chapter graciously hosted our 28th Biennial Regional Conference which took place aboard Royal
Far West Region I
n the Far West Region we fulfilled the thrust of “Power & Potential: Parents Empowering Youth through Leadership Development, Cultural Heritage and Community Service” in every aspect of programming. It is evident in all that we do. This year, at Area Work Day Clusters, we introduced the Regional Tween Apprenticeship Program, “Tween Scene”, where 7th and 8th graders participated in age appropriate STE[A]M Modules and Workshops. It was the same training our Teens have participated in for the past 4 years. However, it was age appropriate. The Tweens also had the opportunity to learn debating skills. Culturally, the Jack and Jill continues to provide important educational and historic learning opportunities for our children. In January, Chapters participated in parades, freedom rides and marches to honor MLK. Likewise, during Black History Month Mother members made sure our Children
remember their heritage. Chapters provided programming that was enriching and unmatched with any found in traditional institutions. Children participated in poetry slam performances, plays, living legends presentations, African drumming programs, musical revues and various other significant events. Additionally, as a region we remain steadfast in our mission of giving and have continued to create opportunity for children, as young as age 2 years, to give and serve in the community. In the just the month of January alone, the Region contributed nearly 10,000 hours in service and giving. Teens packed backpacks with school supplies at Area Work Days. While, throughout the year, Teens and Children fed the hungry, cleaned gardens and schoolyards, gave to food banks and collected toiletries for shelters. Moreover, mothers also fulfilled the mission. During Regional Conference in Anchorage Alaska, Mother Members spent a full afternoon working on service projects in the community. They set up new housing facilities at a youth shelter and filled necessity bags at the Y. Our teens were empowered and inspired by Power & Potential. The theme at Teen Conference and throughout the year was “The World Is Ours, So Let’s Take It” and their oratorical speeches were inspiring and demonstrated the potential of these future leaders. There are simply no boundaries that they cannot surpass. That said, Power and Potential is not just a thrust. In the Far West Region, it is clearly the mission by which will live and give.
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Mid-Atlantic Region G
reetings from the MARvelous Mid-Atlantic Region! This year the Mothers of the Mid-Atlantic have been powered up with our Regional theme B.U.I.L.D: Building Unity, Inspiring Leadership Development! We gathered at our annual conferences and forged strong bonds across the region. We developed leadership through training workshops at our Area Work Days. At each meeting we also practiced our “servant leadership” making an impact on community organizations selected by the host chapter. In March we are going to come together for our first Region Trip as we gather in Charlotte to enjoy a Bobcats NBA game. The culmination of our year will be the National Convention hosted by the Charlotte Area Chapters in Charlotte, NC, July 30 – August 3, 2014. In June 2013, at our Teen Conference held in Richmond VA hosted by the James River Chapter, the teens supported the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) in the area.
The supplies collected by the teens benefited the parents of children who are enduring long term hospital care and the unique challenges of premature babies. Last July at the Mother’s Conference hosted by the Columbia and Orangeburg Chapters, our families helped the families of critically ill babies at the Palmetto Health Richland Baptist NICU. Donated gift cards were used to purchase small ticket necessities for the families and infants. The NC/SC Area Workday was hosted by the Gastonia-Piedmont, NC and Spartanburg, SC chapters. The mothers and teens were assigned items to complete a variety of bags: Birthday-in-Bag, Courtroom Bag, First Aid Bag, Personal Bag, and Movie Bag. These bags were collected and provided to Miracle Hill Ministries and Hope Circle Children’s Advocacy Center. Our VA chapters gathered at its Area Work Day hosted by our Charlottesville Chapter bringing books to support The African American Teaching Fellows of Charlottesville. Each attendee donated at least one book for grades K – 12 to stock the classroom of this association that actively re-
cruits and supports African Americans seeking a career in teaching. In March, we are looking forward to celebrating our 8th Annual Childrenâ€™s Cluster, hosted by the Greensboro Chapter. Greensboro and the Regional Team are working hard to develop an enriching program around the theme - Live Play Learn, Enchant the World Through Jack & Jill.
The MARvelous Mid-Atlantic Region is BUILDing: our children, our chapters and our communities. As we complete this programming year, we hope you will come and experience what we have built and join us at the National Convention in Charlotte NC in July!
Mid-Atlantic Region Program Chair
Mid-Western Region I
n the Mighty MidWestern Region, it is our promise that we will support chapters in enjoying a positive Jack and Jill membership experience, as we manage our shared resources to deliver excellent Leadership Development Programming. Under the leadership of Region Director Melanie Lynn, the Mid-Western Region is dedicated to delivering the programming promise, to prepare our children to “Get Ready! To Live, Learn, and Lead.” To kick off our Fall Workday Clusters, it was all about BRAND U Jack & Jill – Know the Brand, Represent the Brand, and Experience the Brand. At Cluster, chapter members were able to partake in valuable train-
ing to help create their individual brand as it relates to programing excellence, membership development, as well as tips in fostering a sisterly culture for a positive J&J experience. Chapters were also invited to share their “Points of Pride” highlighting their best practices and accomplishments in their communities. In the Mid-Western Region, we are encouraging our mothers, dads, children, teens, and associate to BRAND U in all areas of programming. Whether we are servicing the homeless at a local shelter, being advocates for legislation that affects our communities, or providing leadership training at our Teen Conference, the message of the importance of building your BRAND and truly BRAND U was heard throughout the region. In the Mid-Western Region’s mission to in-
spire our children/tweens to become future leaders, this year marks the 5th anniversary of the Tween Apprentice Program (TAP) at our Spring Children/Tween Clusters. Over the last 5 years, TAP has done an outstanding job in not only heightening the team building, public speaking, and project management skills of our Tweens but to continue to engage and peek the interest of the Tweens. Additionally, TAP has successfully
prepared our Tweens for a seamless transition to the Teen group. At the 2014 Cluster, the Tweens developed an app and created a Market Plan to persuade consumers to donate to their designated charities through the use of Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and SnapChat.
Mid-Western Region Program Chair
South Central Region T
he Mothers of the Sensational South Central Region, under the visionary leadership of Regional Director Millie Mitchell, continue to operate with excellence in the spirit of service. Our regional theme which embodies that spirit is “One Focus: Excellence For All Children”. Throughout the region, in our four (4) Centers of Excellence (COE) located in Central Texas, Dallas, Houston, and Louisiana, chapters come together to showcase our Power & Potential through Timeless Service benefitting our children and the community at large.
is designed to inspire teens to serve as leaders beyond their Jack and Jill tenure.
Teen Leadership Summit The Regional Teen Officers, under the leadership of Teen President Madeline Jones, continue to place leadership at the top of their priorities for South Central Teens. Teen Leadership Summit is an initiative to get teens across the region excited to serve as leaders at the chapter or regional level. It
3. Stereotypes (How to escape /defy them)
At each of the four (4) COE Summits, teens interested in broadening and showcasing their leadership skills will use this summit to demonstrate ways to motivate and make a difference in their communities and the lives of teens throughout the world. These teens are asked to select a topic of relevance and interest that matters to teens today. The medium for delivery is speech or panel. Suggested topics are wide and varied like the interests of our teens and include topics such as: 1. Peer pressure 2. Homosexuality 4. Relationships 5. Teen Crime 6. Drugs 7. Why do so few African American teens have jobs at age 16 and how will that impact us as a group?
8. Teen Career Planning (Where are the jobs: outdoors, healthcare, non-profit, technology, etc.)
19. Teen Sport Injury Prevention
9. Teen birth control-Who’s responsiblethe girl or boy?
21. Sexting - Whose responsibility - yours or your friends?
10. The impact of video games’-“lives” versus the value of “life”. 11. Gun Control- Who’s responsibility-your parent or your country? 12. Teen Drivers 13. Teen Drinking and how to identify out of control behavior. 14. Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Abstinence 15. Cyber-bullying 16. Healthy Relationships & Dating Violence Prevention 17. Teen Consumer and Marketing Awareness
20. Dating versus friends with benefitsWho defined the lines of intimacy?
Another highlight of the teen agenda is the annual Regional Day of Service. On March 1, 2014, teens from across the region worked in their respective chapter communities delivering on their obligation to be of service. Regional Teen Foundation Chair Matthew Smith coordinated a concerted effort for a region-wide initiative to promote community service. Teens from New Orleans to Dallas, with Austin and Houston in between, worked in their local food banks promoting a spirit of service indicative of the Sensational South Central Region.
South Central Region Program Chair
18. Teen appearance (How you look can hurt or help you).
Southeastern Region T
he Sweet, Sweet Southeastern Region of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is continuing to provide stellar programming opportunities for its members. Under the leadership of Regional Director Gail Ash Dotson and her leadership team, this philosophy perseveres with our regional theme “A Legacy of Service, Excellence and Leadership for Our Children.” This is evidenced by the mothers and teen leadership conferences, children’s clusters and super clusters, regional trips, countless community service projects, and fundraisers hosted throughout the region. We are continuing to build a legacy of leadership and service in our families and within our communities. The Southeastern Region 2013 Mothers’ Workday was hosted by the Orlando, Florida chapter and focused on training, development opportunities, and best practices.
We are dedicated to keeping the momentum, drive, and energy going as we prepare for our spring and summer events. The Children’s Clusters and Super Clusters, “Me: My Legacy”, will be hosted by the following chapters; Athens/Lake Spivey, Macon, Pinellas County, Treasure Coast, Tuscaloosa, and Williamson County. The 2014 58th Annual Teen Conference, “Pink and Blue: The American You”, will be hosted by the Nashville, TN chapter. We are empowering our youth to build their own brand by creating a prominent legacy. While the Southeastern Region is known to have its own exceptional programs, this year the regional trip promises to bring forth memories that will last a lifetime. It is with great pride that we continue building upon our Cultural Heritage Thrust. The 9th Annual Regional Trip, “Legacy Tour: The Great Migration”, will take our southeastern families to New York City where they will experience culturally rich locations such as The Schomburg Center, Harlem, Brooklyn,
African Burial Ground, and the Apollo Theatre among many other priceless cultural venues. In Isabel Wilkerson’s Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Warmth of Other Suns, she captured the great migration by saying “six million black Southerners moving out of the terror of Jim Crow to an uncertain existence in the North and Midwest.” This is a
profound depiction of the reason for which our ancestors left their homes and migrated into the unknown desiring a better life for themselves.
Latrecia F. Jordan
Southeastern Region Program Chair
Chapter Programming SCOPE 2014
he National Programming Thrust is set forth by the National President with the concurrence of the National Executive Board. The National Program Director is responsible for the execution of the National Programming Thrust. The National Programming Thrust is intended to provide emphasis and direct resources to address contemporary issues of the day that impact youth, in addition to other required areas of programming. This is our opportunity to create exciting and new programs to keep our members and children invigorated about their Jack and Jill experience! Under the direction of the National President Tamara Robinson and the National Executive Board, the 2012-2014 national theme is “Power & Potential: Parents Empowering Youth through Leadership Development, Cultural Heritage and Community Service.” Following in the tradition of the Founders, this theme captures President Robinson’s vision to firmly establish Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated as the premier African American family organization by: •
Embracing the power of our role as mothers and parents in raising world leaders;
Embracing the power of our cultural heritage;
Effectively leveraging our power to create positive change in our communities;
Raising awareness of the organization in the community as parenting experts.
It is in this spirit that we continue to forge and cultivate strategic partnerships that reinforce our core values and allow us to best serve our communities. This sustained civic engagement increases our visibility and viability as an organization, and augments a template of achievement for years to come. Our National Executive Board is a team of exceptional mothers who are resolute in developing dynamic and enriching initiatives to address issues related to children’s rights, leadership development, cultural awareness, financial literacy, recreation and philanthropic giving. As your National Program Director it is my pleasure to work with the National Program Committee to provide a guidelines and a strategic road map that will allow our chapters to effectively implement the Programming Thrusts. We are dedicated to developing our future leaders through powerful and impactful programming. The 2013-2014 National Program Thrusts are below and there are outstanding examples on the pages that follow. CONGRATULATIONS on capturing the essence, the intent and the beauty of both the vision and the mission of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT Focus: 7th through 12th Potential: Complete a minimum of three (3) Jacqueline Moore Bowles (JMB) Leadership Development Modules during the program year. “STE[A]M” is a required module.
CULTURAL HERITAGE Focus: Any Age Group or Chapter Wide Potential: Health Awareness and HBCU Awareness
FINANCIAL LITERACY Focus: Grades 3rd through 12th Potential: Complete a minimum of three (3) Jack and Jill/Merrill Lynch modules during the program year. “#13. Give and Take: The Benefits of Philanthropy” is a required module.
• One activity that will increase awareness of what HBCUs have to offer, the role they have played in our history and why we need to support them.
LEADERSHIP IN ACTION (LIA) Focus: 7th through 12th Potential: LIA is designed to empower and encourage teens to take the leadership skills they have learned through their Jack and Jill experience (Leadership and Financial Literacy modules) and apply them to their communities. Participate in an activity of applied leadership skills.
• One Healthy Living activity during the program year that embraces heart health.
COMMUNITY SERVICE Focus: All Potential: 100% participation in a collaborative community service experience benefiting the Boys and Girls Club, the March of Dimes and the Thompson Quintuplets through our fundraising and local community service activities.
STE[A]M Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math Focus: Any Age/Grade Group Potential: Participate in an activity that emphasizes a STE[A]M focus area meeting one or more of the following goals. •
Expose and promote youth to pursue STE[A]M career fields.
EARLY AGE EXPOSURE to STE[A] M focused activities.
Help youth to develop self-confidence around scientific/technical subject matters.
Promote creative thought and innovation through education, preparation.
Capitalize on existing resources by partnering with private, non-profit, and public entities.
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Chapter Programming SCOPE 2014
Civic / Community Service
ne of our objectives is “to provide for children a constructive educational, cultural, civic, health, recreational and social program.” Community and Civic Service has been a pillar of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. since its inception. We have partnered with the Boys and Girls Club and the March of Dimes to provide for children by sharing of ourselves. New this year – GIVE BACK 75 - calls for each of us to intentionally commit 75 Acts of Kindness. Helping your neighbor, your family or a stranger – each act, no matter how big or small, is impactful. Together and 750,000 acts later, Jack and Jill of America will make a resounding impact in our communities across the nation.
Helen Griffith Mid-Atlantic Region National Program Committee
“I wondered why somebody didn’t do something. “Great opportunities to help others seldom Then I realized I am somebody.” come, but small ones surround us every day.” - Author Unknown
- Sally Koch SCOPE 2014
East St. Louis, IL
The Excelsior Teens of the East St. Louis, IL chapter have been very busy. Led by teen president, Austin Carey, they completed activities that impacted the community and helped them grow as individuals. These activities included preparing a Thanksgiving food basket for a needy community family, serving as ushers for an American Diabetes program at HBCU Harris Stowe University, the NAACP and Lessie Bates Annual Banquets, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. program. They served food and distributed toys on Christmas day and donated a Christmas Wish list for the local Violence Prevention Center. They also went ice skating and to Fright Night at Six Flags. The teens participated in the 40 days of Non-violence campaign headed by the men of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., which included a seminar led by Mr. Tracy Martin. The teen sponsor is Robin Allen Carey. The chapter president is Michele Henry McGee.
Greater Little Rock, AR central region Dr. Martin Luther King Jr once said, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” The Greater Little Rock Chapter kids are living up to that charge by dedicating a larger portion of our programming year to community service. The Kid Power and Jammin’ Juniors groups volunteered at the Arkansas Food Bank. They donated 50 pounds of nonperishable food items and our kids, along with the other volunteers, sorted and boxed 8,830 pounds of food and 5,002 pounds of bread. The Explorer and Jammin’ Junior groups also volunteered and served food at the Arkansas Food Pantry and the teens served food at a soup kitchen during the Thanksgiving holiday. On MLK Day, all age groups participated in a day of service at the local ConIvie Gardens Senior home in Little Rock where we put together care packages for all 50 residents. We are striving to be great through community service.
Civic / Community Service
Kansas City, KS
In honor and service to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Kansas City, Kansas Chapter provided assistance to the Hillcrest Transitional Housing facility. Chapter members donated cleaning supplies, food and clothing to the center. Next, the chapter provided materials and supervision for arts and crafts. Finally, the Teen Sponsor and her spouse led a lively game of African American History Jeopardy. During previous Community Service activities, the Kansas City, KS Chapter the teens worked in collaboration with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority-Upsilon Rho Omega chapter. They donated food, assembled baskets and delivered them to families who otherwise would not have been able to buy Thanksgiving meals. The Kansas City, KS Superiors will participate in the Relay for Life in May in Topeka, Kansas. It is a fundraiser and provides educational awareness of breast cancer. This activity can also be characterized as Health Programming.
Kansas City, MO central region The Kansas City Missouri Chapter continued its dedication to community service in 2013, as we partnered with Kansas City’s diaper bank, Happy Bottoms. Happy Bottoms mission is to provide diapers to low-income families. In October, we completed our first chapter wide community service project. Our Jack and Jill family spent the morning working at the Happy Bottoms warehouse assisting with administrative tasks, sorting and wrapping diapers, as well as completing some of the “heavy lifting” needed in the warehouse. Even our youngest members found a way to serve! The Little Stars gathered at Deanna Rose Farmstead to explore, learn, and socialize while helping babies and toddlers in need. The Little Stars learned about baby animals and how to care for them, as well as having a group picnic. Each Little Star donated a package of diapers for our community partner, and learned the importance of giving back to the community!
St. Clair County, IL
St. Clair County Chapter is thrilled to announce the success of two projects. The teens helped raise funds for the “Love for Lubasi” project which provides food to orphans in Africa. They set a great example for the younger kids. In December, St. Clair County Chapter held its annual Christmas Extravaganza which included the younger kids’ service project. The project targeted about 80 residents residing at a local nursing home which the chapter decided could use some holiday cheer. The children collected socks and toiletries which included lotion, soap, shampoo, conditioner, and deodorant stuffed into holiday stockings. The teens helped the younger age groups create original Christmas cards to deliver along with the stockings. The younger children and their mothers also delivered Christmas carols which the residents adored. With a continued commitment to community service, the teens and younger kids are making a lasting impact on communities near and far.
On December 15,2013 the Buffalo Chapter organized a fundraiser to benefit the Aloma P. Johnson Charter School: a “Breakfast with Black Santa” at Applebee’s Restaurant . Approximately 200 tickets were sold . The mothers, middle schoolers and teens took on the restaurant roles of greeters, seaters ,wait-staff and bussers . The menu consisted of pancakes,bacon, orange juice and choice of tea, coffee or milk . During breakfast, tickets were sold for “Basket Raffles”. The gaily decorated baskets were arranged along the countertop and had various themes including kitchen equipment, toys,children’s art supplies, wines and spa and beauty. The “STAR” of the breakfast was Black Santa Claus . The younger children were thrilled to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what they wanted for Christmas. Jolly St. Nick handed out candy canes and a fine time was had by all. On January 23, Chapter officers presented the proceeds of $ 769.00 to the school .
Civic / Community Service
On a cold, snowy day, on the heels of a winter storm, the season and the giving spirit went hand-in-hand as the members and teens of the Burke-Fairfax Chapter gathered to collect and wrap Christmas gifts for delivery to Agape House (AH). The day marked the beginning of the Adopt-A-Family initiative. The efforts of the small chapter, for the benefit of another small community in the county symbolized what giving and service is all about. Agape House is a twelve-unit affordable housing property that serves eighteen residents whose annual household incomes are below $15,510. The goal of the initiative was to help residents enjoy the same fruitful holiday as do chapter families. In this spirit, each member was responsible for providing three gifts per resident at AH. The residents’ reactions to the gifts were both heartwarming and appreciative. During the annual Agape House Christmas party, a resident said that in the eight years he has lived at Agape House, he had never seen a Christmas like the one they received from chapter members.
Loudoun County, VA eastern region The Dream Marches On in Loudoun County The 22nd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Dream” march and celebration in Leesburg, VA saw its largest group of young people in recent history. The children of the Loudoun County Virginia Chapter (LCVC) were in that number on January 20. This chapter wide first included a cross section of every age group, Mothers and Fathers. The event linked legacy to lineage. One of the chapter’s young teens said “it was good to see everyone coming together to live out a small piece of Dr. King’s dream.” “Our kids don’t know the struggle their elders endured for the rights they now enjoy” said an LCVC parent. This march was a step forward to make sure that they do. LCVC, enlivening the “Power and Potential: Parents Empowering Youth through Leadership Development, Cultural Heritage and Community Service” theme.
Morris County, NJ eastern region November 2013: The Morris County, New Jersey Chapter, Group III â€“ Commanders hosted an afternoon of BINGO with residents of CareOne Senior Living Center in Morristown, NJ. Each child was paired in groups of two and had the exciting opportunity to call the BINGO numbers. When not calling the numbers, each child partnered with a senor resident and assisted them with playing the game by helping them to look for the number and placing the chips on the cards. After the games were completed the children helped to serve the residents afternoon snacks of cupcakes. The activity ended by giving away donations collected by the children and their families which included jewelry, lotions, perfume, scarves, and puzzle books to the residents. The senior residents complimented our children on their manors, kindness, and level of engagement. The afternoon was truly a fun event for all.
New Castle County, DE
The children and mothers of New Castle County, Delaware Chapter held a community service event on Martin Luther Day of Service to assemble toiletry kits for the homeless at a local shelter, The Sunday Breakfast Mission. The Sunday Breakfast Mission is an organization that helps to support the homeless by feeding them and providing shelter. Additionally, the organization provides assistance with job placement and housing. The Sunday Breakfast Mission, located in Wilmington, Delaware, houses approximately two hundred people every night. The donations from the New Castle County Chapter helped their efforts. The children and mothers started the day by sorting the products (toothpaste, lotion, soap, etc.) The Chapter assembled over 300 kits. This effort was completed by 90 of our children and mothers. The children understood the need to help those less fortunate and look forward to many more opportunities to give back to their community.
Civic / Community Service
Ocean County, NJ eastern region On November 16, 2013, Ocean County Chapter’s Guys and Dolls met at a local Shoprite for a “Thanksgiving Shopping Spree.” Group Chair, Alpha Reynolds-Lewis tasked the children with shopping for the soup kitchen, Lunch Break, and a family recently displaced by fire (identified by Mother Tasha YoungbloodBrown), for Thanksgiving. Each child was given $25.00, a Shoprite circular, and a calculator. They each made a Thanksgiving dinner wish list and were charged with purchasing “as much food as possible” within budget. The children shopped for over two hours. The parents waited, advising only as needed. The Guys and Dolls purchased over 125 food items which were divided between the family and Lunch Break. The impact and humanity of this project was evident in the warmth shared between the receiving family and the Jack and Jill family. The children’s initial comments of, “This is hard,” ultimately changed to, “That was awesome!”
P hiladelphia, PA
Jack and Jill families from the Philadelphia Chapter gathered to volunteer at the SHARE Food Program in recognition of the Jack and Jill National Day of Service on January 20th. Based in North Philadelphia, the SHARE Food Program is a non profit organization serving a regional network of community organizations engaged in food distribution, education, and advocacy. The word “teamwork” was redefined as our children of all ages gathered to assemble care packages of canned goods and food items at the warehouse for distribution to a local nursing home and to needy families. Mom’s and Dad’s offered direction and worked in partnership with the children. Our Hill Top I & II Teens provided hands-on support and helped the younger children sort can foods and nonperishable items. Our member families were joined by prospective Jack and Jill families, who were invited to attend, to lend a hand and to see our Chapter at work. Martin Luther King,Jr. Day and this National Day of Service was a great way for our children to be reminded of the importance of volunteering and community service to those in need within our community.
Pittsburgh, PA eastern region Pittsburgh Chapter Spends the Day Volunteering for MLK Day of Service The Pittsburgh Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. spent the afternoon volunteering at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank on January 20, 2014 (Martin Luther King Day). In an effort to help the homeless population in Pittsburgh, members of the chapter served as repack volunteers. They assisted by inspecting, sorting and repacking donated, as well as purchased groceries, in the warehouse. The younger children participated in celebrating the life of Dr. King at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. They spent time learning about Dr. King through reading excerpts from his speeches at the microphone in the “King for a Day” program. They also enjoyed a cultural dance performance by the Hill Dance Academy Theatre and sang songs from the Civil Rights Movement in the Freedom Circle and Sing-a-Long.
Los Angeles, CA
far west region
The Los Angeles Chapter has seen an increased commitment to its community service efforts thanks to the Foundation Chair, Cheryl Mason. From serving the homeless on Thanksgiving Day to leading bingo at a Senior Home to beach cleanups to a Jeans for Teens drive, our children and mothers are making a difference with almost 1,000 hours of service! One project this year however was particularly impactful, the building of a library for West Athens Elementary School, an economically disadvantaged school where all students receive Title 1 funding which means they live at or below the poverty line. We toured the classrooms and painted murals. Most importantly, we delivered over 4,000 books to be used for classroom libraries as well as the main school library! It was an empowering day for the children and mothers whose efforts will play a part in helping community children meet their Power and Potential!
Civic / Community Service
Orange County, CA far west region For our 2014 National Day of Service in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., our chapter partnered with the Orange County Food Bank. Children from all of the groups, moms and dads volunteered to pack food boxes. This activity was rewarding in two ways. One, it allowed our youth to work alongside their parents to serve the community and two, it empowered our youth by giving them a “hands-on” working experience. These boxes of food will be locally distributed to needy families throughout our community. The Orange County Chapter is committed to ensuring our youth feel empowered, develop solid leadership skills, remain culturally aware, and become socially and politically conscious by developing and facilitating a comprehensive series of activities for our children to learn and grow into trained servant leaders of tomorrow!
San Fernando Valley, CA
far west region
The San Fernando Valley Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., once again, served its community by creating a Christmas store for the abused and neglected foster children, teens, and families of Penny Lane. Our mothers solicited or made donations of new blankets, clothing, toiletries, household goods and toys for those families. Futhermore, our mothers provided gift wrapping for those who wanted their items wrapped. The resdents were able to select items and walk away with their hands full. The San Fernando Valley Chapter of Jack and Jill of America,Inc. participated again in President Obama’s National Day of Service. Our inspiration was again prompted by President Obama’s message of futhering the work of Dr.Martin Luther King,Jr. by serving our community.The San Fernando Valley Chapter helped create a “beloved community” affair in which we were able to come together in spirit of friendship and goodwill to beautify Hillcrest Elementary School.
Seattle, WA far west region On November 23, 2013, Jack and Jill of America Inc., Seattle Chapter teamed up with Treehouse; a local non-profit foster care agency working to restore confidence and self-esteem in foster children, to launch a new project, Cinematique Outreach: Fostering Community. The day of cinema, food, raffles and prizes rested on a foundational goal of helping foster teens explore higher education and was financially supported by a grant from Jack and Jill of America, Foundation. The morning was capped by the viewing of two blockbuster films, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Free Birds. About 160 Jack and Jill members and their families joined 130 Treehouse participants and nearly a dozen representatives from local universities, colleges and educational nonprofits. Teens met educational leaders who could help them turn dreams of college into real plans for the future. Families made lasting connections with other families and learned about community support systems.
On September 28, 2013, the Durham Chapter hosted a Community Justice Forum for all age groups and the surrounding community honoring Carole Robertson. Our children led the event which included interactive discussions on social justices and historic injustices presented on a child’s level. Our teens led a commemorative ceremony in honor of Carole Robertson. Associate mom and author, Janice Guess, discussed her new book, “Little Colored Girls Want to Wear Pearls Too,” which chronicles her family’s life in Durham during the civil rights movement. Judge Wanda Bryant discussed the judicial system and her academic goals leading to becoming judge. Chapter dad and policeman, Kevin Hopkins, advised teens and parents of appropriate behavior when encountering law enforcement. Author/ trailblazer, Dr. Evelyn Wicker presented her book, “Voices”, and discussed achieving her academic goals in nursing despite the injustices of the civil rights era. The afternoon ended with crafts, Q&A, and book signings.
Civic / Community Service
Florence, SC mid-atlantic region The Jack and Jills of the Florence Chapter surprised the pediatric nurses at McLeod Regional Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital with baskets of home baked goods during change of shift. The kids gathered and used math and cooperation skills to bake batches of cookies. While the cookies were baking they socialized and caught up on school and extracurricular activities. The cookies were packaged in beautiful baskets and a thank you sign was created. The chapter and region have done fundraisers and projects for the Children’s Hospital in the past but the kids really wanted to treat the hard working nurses. The nurses were so surprised and appreciated of our random act of kindness. Each year more than 22,000 children receive care at the Children’s Hospital. Our chapter is so grateful for the long hours that are put into the health of the kids in our region.
James River, VA
For James River Virginia Chapter (JRVA), community service is our cornerstone! Our community outreach includes breast cancer awareness, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Sickle Cell research, domestically abused women and children, hosting coat drives, volunteering at nursing homes, feeding the homeless, child literacy, Henrico Christmas Mother Program, and the March of Dimes. In the true spirit of giving, James River Virginia chapter joined hundreds of volunteers who prepared and served a free Thanksgiving feast to more than 3,200 people. As a community-wide event, everyone was invited to the table—the homeless, the elderly, those new to the area, college students unable to travel home during their break, military persons, individuals and families. JRVA volunteers assisted with food preparations, service areas, table hosting and helped organize food, shoes, and clothing for all ages. Most importantly, after the meal, guests were able to carry home anything from canned goods to clothing.
Norfolk, VA mid-atlantic region The Norfolk Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. partnered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia for our 3rd annual “PJs for the Holidays” sponsored by Pajama Jams. Pajama Jams is the startup nonprofit organization that one of our members, Erika Tucker, created after years of doing a successful community service project to teach her own children the meaning of gratefulness by donating warm pajamas to children in need. She invited our chapter to join her family’s efforts and the project has turned into a movement. This year, over 1,200 pairs of new pajamas were collected and distributed to the (11) Boys and Girls Clubs of South Eastern Virginia, the Unadopted Angels from The Salvation Army, Hampton Roads Command, Angel Tree Program and an area elementary school. We’re excited about this partnership and are planning to bless even more kids with pajamas next year!
Raleigh Wake, NC
Raleigh Wake Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., supported CASA by making welcome baskets this year. CASA is a housing developer in the Raleigh area that provides housing for low income people with mental and physical disabilities. Our Jacks and Jills were represented in every age group and worked tirelessly to make sure that every tenant received products that were sorely needed. This was seen during our Martin Luther King Jr. Day of service.
Civic / Community Service
Richmond, VA mid-atlantic region The Richmond Chapter combined efforts with the Midlothian and James River Chapter to celebrate the significance of Christmas. During the Senior Teens Lock-in, they bonded and completed several finance modules. The senior teens helped the March of Dimes organization with the Virginia Nurse of the Year Gala. The Junior Teens gave back to the community by making holiday cards and stuffing gift bags for the National Association for Mental Illness organization’s Holiday Gala. They learned that everyone doesn’t share in the same luxuries as they do. They also got some insight into how others celebrate the holidays. They discovered that everyone doesn’t celebrate Christmas the way that they do. They had an awesome task and exhibited great team work to get that accomplished.
“The 2013 Taste Of The Upstate” was a joint partnership event with The Black Pages USA. The event ultimately enabled the Spartanburg Chapter the opportunity to designate three beneficiaries, the L. D. Barksdale Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation, youth programming for the Urban League of the Upstate and Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc. “The 2013 Taste Of The Upstate” featured culinary cuisine from 10 chefs from the Upstate of South Carolina. In addition, special guest Chef Daniel W. Thomas who served as the personal chef to President Barack Obama. Over 200+ persons were in attendance, and Chef Daniel conducted a separate event designed especially for children of all ages in order to educate them on the career opportunities of a professional chef.
Winston-Salem, NC mid-atlantic region The Winston-Salem Chapter hosted a Day of Giving where all age groups met with Jack and Jill parents at a local Family Services location to assemble and distribute Thanksgiving boxes to 35 deserving Head Start families. Before assembly the younger age groups joined the invited youth in fun songs by local musicians who helped make the event festive. Other groups created cards to include in a package with toiletries, snacks and personal items for mailing to U.S. troops with local ties on a Navy Destroyer. The Day of Giving was a blessing to all involved and reflective of the words by Maya Angela: “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” The Power and Potential of giving is alive in WinstonSalem as we are blessed by developing servant leaders.
Last summer, our Chapter had the priviledge of hosting the Mid-Western Regional Teen Leadership Conference. Not only was this a great opportunity to display our leadership abilities as both teens and parents, but we were also able to foster a relationship with the Haven of Rest which is a homeless shelter in Northeast Ohio. At the conference, as part of one of the teen service projects, they made blankets to be given to the families that are currently living at the facility in Akron, Ohio. In addition to making blankets, our teens spent a day making hand crafted cards, purchasing stuffed animals and books to go along with the blankets. In December, as a teen activity, they visited Haven of Rest and delivered the gifts. They also learned more about the center and how it helps people in need. This was a rewarding experience for our teens.
Civic / Community Service
Ann Arbor, MI mid-western region For the National Day of Service, Ann Arbor Chapter Jack & Jill Senior Teens visited the Ken & Marianna Staples Family Center, a 35-bed Salvation Army emergency shelter that helps homeless families and singles. The Center’s concept provides separate family living quarters within the house to foster family cohesion and a home-like atmosphere during a difficult period. Chapter Teens spent the afternoon helping the Center’s children create arts and crafts projects. Proud children shared their creations, immediately, with the Center’s Program Director and parents following each activity. And with encouragement from the Teens, several shy children joined the activities. Once engaged, they didn’t want to leave when the event ended! Motivated by the opportunity to make a difference in their community, the Teens agreed to return in the spring to help the Center plant a large vegetable garden—an initiative to promote healthy food choices for Center residents.
The Chicago Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Incorporated is committed to servicing our adopted Harvard Elementary School in Chicago throughout the year by “Helping All of Our Children Reach Milestones from Kindergarten to College”. Each month our Group 2 to 5 children, moms and associates were involved in various community service projects which each group would adopt-a-classroom based on their level, and would provide both material contributions and handson service. Here are a few service activities: “Tell me a Story”, “Numbers Count”, “Let’s be Santa”, “Middle School Matters” and “High School Here We Come”. The Teens Group also held their monthly “Read to Me” program and our fathers will be hosting a reading program with our 6th graders. It’s been a great success with the adopt-a-classroom program. The Chicago Chapter has also donated to the Harvard School coats, gloves, hats and even school materials.
Cleveland, OH mid-western region The Teens in the Cleveland Chapter demonstrated their leadership skills and commitment to the Cleveland community when they partnered with Momentuum Tutoring and the NAACP Youth Council on Saturday January 18, 2014 to organize a Martin Luther King, Jr. “Day of Service” community project. The group identified that Paul Revere Elementary School, a part of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, was in need of cleaning, new paint and general organization. Collaborating with Cleveland Chapter moms, they purchased or received donations for paint and supplies, and invited the entire Jack and Jill family to help with the project. Over 40 volunteers participated - moms, dads, tweens, youth, parents and staff. It was a rewarding day of bonding, family and fun, all for a worthwhile cause. Chris Myslenski, principal of the school, expressed gratitude to the Cleveland Chapter Teen Group for its support and leadership role in this community service effort.
Columbus, OH mid-western region The Columbus OH Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Senior Teens came together in friendship and service to make ‘No-Sew Fleece Blankets’ for residents of the Isabelle Ridgway Care Center. The Center was founded by Isabelle Taylor-Ridgway, an African-American woman, and is recognized as a cornerstone of the Near Eastside of Columbus where it has served the community for over 100 years. The teens visited the Center in October where they presented the blankets and were given a tour. The residents were very appreciative and the blankets could not have been more timely with the record breaking temperatures experienced in Central Ohio this winter.
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Dayton, OH mid-western region The Dayton Chapter celebrated its 45th Annual Beautillion Militaire by giving away $42,000 in scholarships and book awards in April. This is our largest fundraiser for the year and pays homage to the success of young African American high school graduating young men. To date this was the most monies raised for this chapter event. Our children in groups one, three and five raised money and walked in the March of Dimes 5k Walk to support our National Community Service Thrust. Groups two through five also gave back to our community by serving during the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake event. After their service they donated over $700 and enjoyed bowling, food and fellowship with fellow donors. It was a great lesson in children serving children.
Gary, I N mid-western region The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana was founded in 1982 was originally a barn, but has grown into a facility that acquires, stores and distributes over 5 million pounds of food throughout Lake and Porter Counties. The Foodbank of Northwest Indiana sought local organizations interested in serving as collection sites for its “Souper Bowl campaign. The campaign involved raising 10,000 cans of heart healthy soup to support Senior Citizens and Children in Northwest Indiana. Alaina Patterson, Teen group member engaged the teens to assist in achieving a goal of contributing 500 or more cans to the campaign. Congratulations to Alaina and teen group for exercising leadership that resulted in direct support to fight the war on hunger in Northwest Indiana.
Greater Lansing, MI
Not a day off, but a day on for Greater Lansing Chapter’s Youth in grades 3-12 as they commerated Dr. Martin King, Jr’s birthday by performing community service at the Haven House, a shelter for homeless families in East Lansing. This event was held on January 20 and the children/tweens/teens, along with the Mothers served by cleaning, organizning and restocking the shelters donation and supply room. It was a fantastic event, as our youth gave their time to serving those in need. The MLK Day of Service was a great success and the families and staff at the Haven House were grateful for the service provided by Jack and Jill, Inc. Greater Lansing Chapter.
Indianapolis, IN mid-western region The Indianapolis Teens completed their signature community service event: The “Amazing Race of Thanks and Giving” at Wheeler-Dowe Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis. The purpose of this event is for teens to volunteer their time to help others and to work together by following directions. The teens separated into teams and each team completed a service project at a specific location. Once the first task was evaluated by a host mom and deemed successfully complete, the teens received instructions for the next location and the next project. The first group to complete all of the projects, which included several random acts of kindness, won bragging rights. This year, the teens organized closets, created a reading area, responsibility tree, and artwork to decorate the center. The day concluded with a debrief session where the teens and sponsors discussed leadership styles and teamwork skills.
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Lake Shore, IL
Helping homeless children have sweeter dreams... Group 2 children were 100% committed when they embarked on a yearlong project called Project Night Night. We donated packages to homeless children who need childhood essentials to feel secure, cozy and ready to learn. In November the children set off to collect over 100 books. In March they learned about financial principals by selling lemonade at our chapter wide financial seminar. They also had the opportunity to exercise their leadership skills with a presentation at the end of the seminar that highlighted the plight of homeless children and the importance of reading. Through sales and donations the children raised enough money to produced 75 Night Night packages. These canvas totes contained a childrens book and a stuffed animal. In April they donated the packages to the Primo Shelter, which coincided with their new initiative to encourage mothers to read to their children.
Louisville, KY mid-western region The group volunteered for a total of 2.5 hours at the Dare to Care Food Bank Warehouse sorting food for distribution throughout the community. The group was able to do a weekâ€™s worth of work in 2.5 hours. This helped tremendously in speeding up the packing process. Dare to Care Food Bank feeds countless families in the community. Jack and Jill Louisville Chapter showed great responsibility and character with this activity.
North Oakland-Macomb, MI
The North Oakland/Macomb (NOM) Chapter’s annual Christmas giving program was wrapped in a bow of artistic inspiration. In December 2013, the NOM families provided an afternoon of joyful holiday cheer for the residents of Woodland Heights, a low income housing center. The event featured Christmas caroling by Age Groups 1-2, the creative storytelling of a holiday piece written by one of our own moms by Age Groups 3-5 and a hot soul food dinner served by the Teen Group. NOM also donated totes of toys for the center’s children and winter scarves for the adults. The program concluded with a presentation to Woodland Heights of framed inspirational block words beautifully colored by the chapter’s children. The artwork, featuring motivational quotes such as “Be the Change You Want to Be in the World”, was hung in the main hallway for the residents to see and be inspired by year-round.
Southwestern Michigan, MI mid-western region The Southwestern Michigan Chapter combined Carol Robertson Day and Jack and Jill Day, in memory of Carole who was a member of Jack and Jill’s teen group in Birmingham, Alabama. Chapter members and families kept the memory alive by servicing the Alternative Learning Program in Kalamazoo. Two of our Chapter members are educators so we connected to make a positive difference in the lives of the students who attend the Alternative Learning Program. Our Jack and Jill families beautified the school’s exterior, decorated bulletin boards and even provided a make-over for the gymnasium. When the children arrived to school on Monday, they were ecstatic about the school’s beautification. They were pleased that someone “reached out and touched their lives.” The Southwestern Michigan Chapter keeps the memory of Carole Robertson alive and well!
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St. Louis, MO
The St. Louis Chapter has adopted the nonprofit national organization The Covenant House; facility for age’s 16-21 individuals that are homeless, jobless and have not completed school. Each month one age group collaborate their activity with them. The mothers have collected new bras and the fathers collected business shirts for the housed individuals. The entire chapter donated our time, helping hands and supportive attitudes for our MLK Day of Service. We had 100% chapter family participation for the following tasks: Pre-K-2nd prepared a collage for their library, other ages groups disposed of all expired foods, organized the clothing & cleaning closets and packed bags for individuals entering the facility. Our dads mentored the young men with conversation and spent the day watching sports; our Honorable Judge States discussed with all Role Model and Leadership. After this all day event our Teen Officers volunteered at the MLK Homeless Veteran’s Sunday Super.
West Suburban Chicago, IL mid-western region On January 20, 2014, the West Suburban Chicago Chapter celebrated MLK Day of Service with the Willowbrook Corner Community House, which was founded by members of the community and provides neighborhood youth with a range of choices and opportunities that empower them, encourage their academic success, and strengthen life skills through enrichment activities. There were three engaging workstations – the giving tree, dream catchers, and messages of hope – that embodied and conveyed the theme, “Giving Back.” The students used arts and crafts to create memories to “give back” and share with others. The children and tweens of the chapter made crafts with the students, while the moms, dads, and teens assisted with the activities. The tweens and teens also performed a skit depicting the life of Dr. King. At the end of the program, everyone enjoyed pizza, drinks, and desserts. The highlight of the day was the presentation of a check to the Community House on behalf of the chapter. This was an amazing day of service!
Windy City, IL
On January 20, 2014, Windy City Chapter gathered at Oakdale Christian Academy, the school of the largest African American congregation in the Evangelical Covenant Churches of America, to celebrate Founders Day and devote a day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Before beginning our projects, a video was shown about how Jack and Jill was founded and about the activism of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Throughout the school, Windy City packed boxes of books to donate to local charities, cleaned science beakers, sanitized toys, and packed up classrooms to be repurposed. The principal was impressed with the work ethic our children. As one mother said, ‘It brought joy to my heart to witness children of different ages working together’. They truly answered the call of service.
Baton Rouge, LA south central region The Baton Rouge Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. hosted its Annual Breakfast with Santa on December 7, 2013 at Capital Elementary School in Baton Rouge, LA. Community families were invited to enjoy a full and healthy breakfast, holiday arts and craft projects, and a visit with Santa. Cultural arts performances by a local bell chorus and children’s choir were enjoyed by all in attendance. In the spirit of the Christmas season, each child received a gift. More than 500 children were able to enjoy this holiday extravaganza. The Baton Rouge Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. relied on committee efforts, member contributions and community partnerships to collect not only the toys for distribution to the children of the Gus Young community, but for each aspect of this signature program. This event targets needy families throughout the Greater Baton Rouge metropolitan area and is growing yearly.
Civic / Community Service
Humble Kingwood, TX
south central region
The Humble Kingwood chapter continued to lead by example with its community service efforts during the chapter’s MLK Day of Service. Chapter children and Teens from every grade group as well as mothers, participated in an intergenerational, heartwarming Day of Service at Deerbrook Skilled Nursing Facility. The chapter led the residents in recreational activities for the day and interacted one on one with the residents during the Bingo Hour. The Day of Service concluded with chapter children leading a commemoration on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr with the recitation of poems, quotations and reflections on the meaning of his message of service to others. Residents and staff of the facility were impressed with the huge turnout of chapter members and children of all ages and were grateful for the outpouring of care and compassion. The chapter was pleased to exercise its “Power and Potential” through community service.
Missouri City-Sugar Land, TX south central region Service and the “gift of giving” continue to reign stellar for the Missouri City-Sugar Land Keen Teens. The members of the Keen Teens demonstrated their true heart for giving in November when they delivered toiletries, diapers, towels, sheets, pillows and hair care products to the Fort Bend Women’s Shelter. The afternoon began with the Keen Teens arranging and storing their donated items. This was followed by the Keen Teens hosting an ice cream social for the Shelter residents. The afternoon’s highlight was the grade group preparing and serving ice cream sundaes to the residents. Once all residents were served the teens spent time visiting with the residents. The residents expressed their sincere appreciation. This overall spirit of giving, fostered fun and fellowship, while providing an opportunity for the Keen Teens to foster the true meaning of community service. What a beautiful exhibition of the “gift of giving”!
New Orleans, LA
south central region
On November 22, 2013, the New Orleans Chapter Teens and VIPS (11-12) participated in National Adoption Day. National Adoption Day is a Saturday when Family Courts nationwide are opened an extra day to finalize adoptions. The event was hosted by the Audubon Instituteâ€™s Aquarium of the Americas. The guest speaker was New Orleans Chapter mom Stephanie Green Osborne who spoke of her own childhood experiences with the adoption system. The Teens served as chaperones to the children in the foster system and accompanied them as they toured the Aquarium. The Teens and VIPS purchased gifts for the children who were being adopted on that Saturday. They also served lunch to the families whose adoptions were being finalized that day. They also purchased gifts and played games with the children who were still a part of the foster system and not being adopted that day.
Sugar Land, TX south central region The Sugar Land Chapter dedicated the month of November to community service and philanthropy. The Twinkling Stars donated new baby items to the BEAR Resource Room, a nonprofit organization that provides necessities, clothing and other items to children suffering from abuse and/or neglect. The Shining Stars used their $10 donation to purchase items for a Thanksgiving meal. All items were donated to the Fort Bend Rainbow Room in decorated bags. The Rising Stars shopped from a wish list for Lunches of Love at the local HEB. Lunches of Love is a non-profit organization, committed to helping end childhood hunger in Richmond/Rosenberg by providing a free nutritious sack lunch during extended school holidays. The Super Stars activity involved pantry/warehouse sorting, organizing and cleaning at the Catholic Charities to support underprivileged families in the Fort Bend County area. The Chapter has more community service opportunities scheduled throughout the program year.
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The Albany Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Hosts Fall Carnival for Well Deserving Preschoolers at the Albany Advocacy Resource Center On October 17, 2013, the Albany Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., presented a fall carnival for a group of well-deserved special needs preschoolers from the Albany Advocacy Resource Center (ARC). The ARC Preschool provides early intervention learning activities for both typical and atypical children from birth to age 4. This carnival was designed with games tailor made to meet the needs of the children. Every child in attendance was able to enjoy a carnival atmosphere complete with the fun fixings of cotton candy, snow cones, laughter and more. Four mothers and 17 children, across all age groups, hosted the event. A special request was made by the children to bring Jack and Jill back every week! This was the first time an event like this has been done in the area. The Albany Chapter will make the carnival an annual event and include the ARCâ€™s adult participants.
Athens Area, GA
October was an exciting programming month for the members of the Athens Area Chapter. On October 20, 2014 the children and teens traveled to Grandview Nursing Home for the annual Giggles and Treats event. This is one of our signature events and is both well received by the residents and kids alike. The kids donned their favorite character costumes and paraded throughout the facility and gave toiletries, socks, t-shirts and other essential items to the Residents. The kids were eager to participate because of the Halloween tradition, but also it was a time to give back to someone possibly not as fortunate.
Our Chapter proudly represented our 3rd Annual Golf Tournament. We had the pleasure of the National President, Tamara Turnley Robinson coming to the Golf Tournament; her husband and youngest son participating with us on the golf course. We received great compliments from many golfers who attended and we continue to have one of the best turnouts in the area. We encourage chapter youth (middle and high school age) to participate as well, for many of this, this is their first gold tournament. The chapter was able to receive vendor and corporation support along with raffling prize tickets for a Pro-Football Game. We look forward to presenting the local and national organizations with the contributions raised from this event. The Augusta Chapter continues to see this tournament prosper for years to come.
Brevard County, F L
On January 25th, 2014, the Brevard County Chapter members hosted the first annual Breakfast at Tiffany’s Brunch fundraiser. In addition to the Mothers, guests included SE MAL Gwen Hewitt and original Philadelphia legacy chapter member Bette Minton. This activity included silent auctions of donated items (art, gift cards, etc.), raffle of an authentic Tiffany’s bracelet, and a dynamic speaker who stressed “Day by day, in every way, I am getting better and better.” Through the success of this fundraiser, the chapter will establish a book stipend scholarship for graduating Brevard County high school student applicants. In November 2013, the Chapter participated in the “J&J Coat Drive” by donating both old and new coats and jackets to the Devereux Foster Child Program. The chapter sorted, organized and boxed the jackets for delivery. A Devereux representative spoke about the center and how our donations impacted their lives.
Civic / Community Service
Greater Metropolitan Atlanta, GA
Each year, GMAC “Big Jacks” host a Breakfast with Santa for the community children. GMAC families donated over 150 books and wrapped them so that each child would have a gift from Santa that day. It was very well received. Additionally, our GMAC Teens have created a Teen Book Nook at the Andrew and Walter Young YMCA to be enjoyed by the teens in the Teen Center. Finally, GMAC hosted a virtual pajama party on Read Across America Day. GMAC has partnered with a local author, Cherisse Richardson, to do a live webinar bedtime story reading of her children’s books. Children from all around the community are invited to join in online to view and listen to the story. Story reading will take place at the Andrew & Walter Young YMCA. GMAC seeks to impact community literacy in many ways with hopes of making an indelible impact on the community.
This Christmas Season, the Jackson, TN Chapter brought joy to the hearts of the children of the Dream Center, which houses mothers and children who have experienced challenges in their lives. We visited with the children of the Center, and led an art project where we made a variety of Christmas ornaments that were used to deocorate the Christmas tree at the Center. In conjuction with this activity, our teens partnered with our City Councilman in the Jackson Hunger Project. The teens rallied our small chapter to participate, and over 200 can goods were donated from our chapter to the Dream Center, for this initiative, which had an overall goal to donate 10,000 can goods to fight hunger in Jackson. Our children and teens truly recognized the meaning of Christmas through these activities as well as showing their leadership skills and their attitude toward being socially responsible in our community.
Lake Spivey, GA
The Lake Spivey Georgia Chapter of Jack and Jill began the year with the goal of community service. Our children have volunteered several hours toward community service projects, including Arrowhead Nursing Home, Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, AIDS Walk Atlanta and various MLK Day of service projects. At Arrowhead, we decorated residentsâ€™ doors for the Christmas holidays. We returned a few weeks later for Christmas caroling and dinner with the residents. Our teens had the privilege of giving back to the homeless and hungry by volunteering with Hosea Feed the Hungry Clothing Drive. Similarly, the teens raised money to assist with the funding of AIDS education and treatment. Our children are constantly encouraged to enhance the lives of others by giving of their time and talents, and Lake Spivey looks forward to many community service opportunities to come.
Miami, F L
The Miami Chapter of Jack and Jill continued its legacy of spreading cheer to those less fortunate through its annual Breakfast with Santa. For a second year, the chapter adopted the Center for Family and Child Enrichment, which services more than 600 foster children in Miami each year. Upon arrival, children and their foster parents enjoyed breakfast followed by a fun interactive program led by the children of the chapter. The children participated in creative team games and learned the meaning of Christmas. Following the activities, with the help of Santa the chapter distributed Christmas presents to more than 60 children. The foster children were not only appreciative; they left with big smiles on their faces, as did the children of the Miami Chapter, knowing they brought joy to others. The event truly embodied the reason for the season, and was filled with laughter, fellowship, and most of all gratitude.
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The Mobile Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated combined community service with the Chapter’s largest fundraising project of the year by cultivating and encouraging High Scholastic achievement, financial and leadership development, and promoting community service. The Mobile Chapter has been formally introducing over a 1,000 young men to society for 34 years, through the Le Beautillion Militaire program, which helps raise money for our National Foundation and various local charities. During this program year, the Beaux had the opportunity to experience and participate in the history of the City of Mobile, Alabama. The City of Mobile’s first African American attorney, Ricardo Woods extending the use of the Athelstan Club for the Beaux Annual Retreat. Mr. Woods is also the first African American member of the private men’s social institute in its 138 years of existence. The retreat exposed the young men to Conflict Resolution, Leadership Development, Legislature and a public health workshop on “Making Proud Choices”. The program will culminate with a formal dinner dance, which will showcase the talent of over 40 young men.
Palm Beach, F L
The Palm Beach Chapter hosted a fundraiser/ Community Service event benefiting over 150 children of the Boys and Girls Club of Riviera Beach, FL. Mother members, and their families, created a Winter Wonderland for the children consisting of cookie decorating, hot chocolate, storytelling, and game stations. Children took pictures with an African American Santa. Our teens tie-dyed t-shirts with the Boys and Girls’ club teens. In the spirit of the season, guests enjoyed a full holiday meal: turkey, dressing, green beans, macaroni and cheese and peach cobbler! Each child left with a goody bag, a book and a gift (gifts were donated by another community organization). Sponsorship tickets were sold by the mothers; each child needed a ticket to attend the event. The event resulted in a donation of over $3,000 to the Jack and Jill Foundation, and an impactful and heartwarming memory for all children in attendance!
Stone Mountain, GA
During the 2014 King Holiday Weekend, the Stone Mountain Chapter engaged the community in multiple locations throughout our service area. On Saturday, January 18, the Little Legacies, Little Dynamites, and Shining Stars, our two year olds through fourth graders, created and delivered crafts to elderly residents who lived through the Civil Rights Movement at the senior citizens home, Antioch Manor Estates; while the High Flyers, fifth and sixth graders, organized clothing donations at the New Bethel AME Church clothes closet. On Monday, January 20, the Junior Teens, seventh through ninth graders, cleaned the United Methodist Children’s Home; while the Senior Teens, tenth through twelfth graders, played BINGO with and listened to veterans tell stories of their lived experiences during the civil rights movement at the Veterans Administration Hospital. We truly honored the memory of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by making it a weekend ON, not a weekend OFF!
Chapter Programming SCOPE 2014
ultural Heritage is an expression of the ways of living developed by a community and passed on from generation to generation, including customs, practices, places, objects, artistic expressions and values. It is often expressed as either intangible or tangible.â€? Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, has a prosperous cultural heritage. For the past 76 years our children have embarked on powerful programming initiatives on the national, regional, and local levels. The organization is dedicated to teaching our children to be proud of their past and excited about their future. Our 2013-2014 program year, has provided many opportunities for Jack and Jill families across the nation to embrace our cultural heritage through various programming opportunities. Members have introduced creative programs into their chapters by empowering youth to prepare for and participate in Black History Month programs, Healthy Living Initiatives supporting the goals of the Association of Black Cardiologists, and taking small but progressive steps to improve overall health. Through partnering with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) among other organizations, service to our Jacks & Jills, and communities at large have been invaluable.
Latrecia Jordan Southeastern Region National Program Committee
Oklahoma City, OK
Approximately 50 mothers, fathers and children of the Oklahoma City Chapter celebrated Black History month by participating in the commemorative opening of the new African American Exhibit at the Oklahoma History Center on February 1, 2014. This wonderful commemoration educated and entertained our families on the history of outstanding African Americans in Oklahoma. Oklahoma’s First African American Air Force General, Tom Daniels, gave an extremely humorous and personal talk on Oklahoma’s Black history. We were humbly surprised and excited by the greeting from former Ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew Young. Former Governor David Walters gave us a review of Oklahoma’s political black history on the national and local forefronts. This marvelous celebration ended with musical performances of “Swing Low Sweet Chariot”. We finally ended our evening with a tour of the African American Exhibit, where historical artifacts and memorabilia were on display for us to discuss with our children.
Boston, MA eastern region Paying homage to our tradition of oral history, the Boston Chapter gathered on a bright Saturday in February to celebrate Black History Month with a lively interactive presentation and workshop called “From Shakespeare to Hip Hop”. This chapter wide event provided our children with the unique opportunity to participate in small age appropriate workshops lead by nationally recognized poetry performance artists and educators Marlon Carey , Regie Gibson , and L’Merchie Frazier. Using the framework of their personal experiences and family histories as inspiration, the children learned how to craft their recollections into spoken word poetry pieces. They shared their creations with us in an impromptu performance enhanced by the percussion accompaniment of the instructors.The instructors then delighted us with a performance of their own work. We learned that everyone has the talent and ability to create spoken word and continue our culture of oral history.
Baltimore, MD eastern region On February 8, 2014 the Teen and 6-8 Grade Groups of the Baltimore Chapter spent and exciting day learning about successful goal setting, African American history, and investing in stocks. The group started out the day by visiting the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in downtown Baltimore where they were featuring the national tour of The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey - Where Art and History Intersect. The collection features a copy of the Dred Scott decision, a painting called The Cultivators by Samuel L. Dunson Jr., and art by other African American artists that are embraced by the Kinsey’s. Each teen received a copy of the Kinsey Collection coffee table book which was signed with a personal note to each teen by Bernard and Shirley Kinsey along with a poster. After leaving the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, the teens visited Credo Capital Management, where they met with Jack and Jill dads Tedd Alexander and David Saunders. The teens learned how to read and analyze stock listings in the newspaper as well as received advice about investing and buying stocks. Pictured in photo L-R: Alexa Walker, Najah Soudan, Bernard Kinsey, Camille King and Angela Walker, Chapter President
Metropolitan New York, NY eastern region The Metropolitan Chapter of Jack and Jill hosted celebrated Black History with fellowship, storytelling and a fun-filled game show. “An Evening of Fun, Facts and Food” began with a scrumptious reception in the beautiful Riverside Church; the game show was then held in the historic Riverside Theatre. This event was a celebration of black history through engaging, informative and family-centric trivia. It was developed to engage participants of every generation and was an interactive experience complete with hand-held devices and friendly competition, as we learned and re-acquainted ourselves with facts and information surrounding our rich heritage. The show took us through our history going as far back as the 1800’s noting our struggles to highlighting our present day triumphs. The show allowed for trivia, dancing, singing and even video-inspired sing-alongs. Our committee this year was made up of a small, dedicated group: Nissa Booker, Alexis Hunter, Bola Plenty, Gail Rice, Joelle Williams, Co Chairs: Jai Jai Ramsey Greenfield, and Sonja Jasienowski, and our Lead Chair, the brainchild of this event, Monica Azare! We received greetings from our President, Paula Broadwater-Hill, a beautiful rendition of Lift Every Voice from member Sonia Batten and her talented son Spencer. We were also surprised with a performance by a few parents as they delighted us in a rendition of Sugarhill’s Rapper’s Delight. There were prizes of iTunes, Amazon, Jack and Jill t-shirts, and tickets to a special performance at the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Our younger children had an equally amazing time with storyteller, Valencia Stevenson. Fun was had by all – a true celebration of Black History! SCOPE 2014
National Harbor, MD
The National Harbor Maryland chapter continues to develop dynamic and relevant activities that exemplify the national theme, “Power & Potential: Parents Empowering Youth through Leadership Development, Cultural Heritage, and Community Service. We celebrated our heritage though the production of our first ever Great African Americans DVD. Through visits to museums, HBCU campuses and libraries, our families researched the rich legacy and leadership of African Americans in science, education, civil rights, business, sports, the arts and entertainment. Each youth was responsible for selecting a great African American, learning three facts and dressing up to portray their person. On taping day, our youth were camera ready as they recited their lines and brought their “characters” to life. Everyone from Diana Ross and the Supremes to Dr. Ben Carson was represented. This chapter production also pays tribute to Carole Roberston and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose legacy of service inspires us all.
Pittsburgh, PA eastern region Pittsburgh Chapter Enjoys a Roarin’ Time at ‘The Lion King’ Part of our family programming included a trip Downtown, Pittsburgh on Friday, September 27, 2013. The same day the Giant Rubber Duck made its debut in the United States. Families in the Pittsburgh Chapter enjoyed an evening out at the Benedum Center experiencing the phenomenon of Disney’s stage production of ‘The Lion King’. No Matter how many times you have seen it, children and their parents marveled at the breathtaking colorful animals brought to life by the thrilling rhythms of the African Pride lands. After the show, families were treated to a behind the scenes tour of the theatre along with an intimate one-on-one meeting with the cast members. Our children asked insightful questions of the cast and thoroughly enjoyed meeting and taking pictures with the cast. A good time was had by all.
Potomac Valley, MD eastern region Potomac Valley Chapter proudly hosted its second Black History Month Poetry Slam and After-Words Jam to celebrate the significant achievements of African Americans. The poetry slam featured our two- to eighteen-yearolds, who sang songs, recited famous African American prose and poetry, and quizzed the audience on African American history. This year also marks our chapter’s fifth annual contribution to the Montgomery County Public Library system. We donated numerous new books by African American authors as part of our annual Black History Month book donation drive. The books were formally given to the head librarian of the Potomac Library, who also read to the children. Special guest Ayanna Gregory, the daughter of civil rights activist Dick Gregory, performed her own inspiring poetry and dance, and brought the house down with her poignant reflections on civil rights history. In a final celebration, our tweens danced the night away at an ‘After-Words’ jam.
San Diego, CA
far west region
“Kwanza with a Touch of Christmas” was held in December as the annual celebration. This year’s festivities included a Mother’s cooking contest and honored two mothers’ as top chef. Santa showed up and handed out candy as he listened to all Christmas request. Each age group was assigned a principal of Kwanzaa to present by sharing a creative interpretation. All of the age groups learned about Kwanzaa principals as we embraced the holiday season and spread holiday cheer.
Burlington-Graham, NC mid-atlantic region Our Jet Set Teens organized a 12hr. “Tour of Courage, Sacrifice, Strength and Commitment”. First stop, L.E. Coleman Museum (Mountain Road #1 School for Blacks, Halifax, VA), chatting with a BGC Jill’s grandmother that attended the segregated school and visiting an exhibit featuring the grandfather of fellow BGC Jills. Next stop, Robert Russa Moton Musem (Robert Russa Moton HS Farmville, VA) the student birthplace of America’s Civil Rights Movement where Barbara Johns and peers were pushed to fight for equality in education. Lastly, Greensboro, NC International Civil Rights Center & Museum standing at an original portion of the F.W. Woolworth’s “white’s only” lunch counter where on February 1, 1960 the Greensboro Four sat requesting to be served but were denied. Three months 25 days later, four black employees were the first to eat there. The BJC teens night ended talking about SCHOOL while EATING in a RESTAURANT-ALL OF THEIR CHOICE.
The Charlotte Chapter Junior Teen 1 age group spent Martin Luther King Weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. At the APEX (African American Panoramic Experience) Museum, the tweens were reminded that black history did not begin with slavery. Our African ancestors’ skills and knowledge were highly valued; our rich legacy extends to Africa. Our CNN visit included broadcast technology and the skills required to work there. A visit to the World of Coca Cola was followed by etiquette practice at Mary Macs Tea Room. On Sunday we attended the MLK Service at Ebenezer Baptist church. The senior pastor, Dr. Raphael Warnock, recognized our group and the legacy of Jack and Jill, Inc. We then toured the Martin Luther King National Historic Site and his birth home. The afternoon included food (Chicken and Waffles), Fernbank Natural History Museum (STEM activities) and IMAX (Jerusalem). This exciting and exhausting weekend was well worth the effort!
Greenville, SC mid-atlantic region It was with great excitement that the Greenville, SC Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, presented its biennial Beautillion 2014. This event has become a milestone for the talented and promising young African American males in our community. The Beautillion is a fundraising and cultural program in the Greenville community. The objective of the Beautillion is to spotlight young talented men in the upstate from our community. The Greenville Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, initiated this special event in April of 1984. This year the event honored 17 young men. The young men that participated in this program attended a series of enrichment activities focusing on character building, financial planning, health and human development, ethics and leadership, college preparation and business etiquette. “Trailblazing our Future…from Reality to Royalty” was the theme of the Greenville Chapter’s Beautillion this year. We believe the Upstate community celebrates these young men on their individual journeys to success. As a chapter, our goal was to expose these young men to people who were “kings” in the areas of academics, business, athletics, science, mathematics and technology.
The Teen Achievers of the Portsmouth, VA Chapter visited an 18th century plantation. Nestled in the heart of historic Williamsburg, Virginia sits the “Great Hopes Plantation.” This interactive living history site gave our teens an up close look at African American enslaved life prior to and after the Revolutionary War. Our teens learned about the different types of jobs that slaves were required to do, how they dressed, where they lived, and how they survived. Fascinating facts about 18th century Virginia history were learned by all. Our Unicorn Group attended the play “A Journey on the Underground Railroad” at the Suffolk Cultural Arts Center. The play told the story of one young girl’s flight to freedom bringing to life the fears and losses endured by our ancestors.
City of Lakes, MN mid-western region Throughout the year, City of Lakes (COL) mothers work hard to provide programming and events that broaden our children’s life experiences, develop leadership skills, experience our culture, and deepen their relationships. The activity that resonated most with both children and parents this year was our fall family event: Showcase of the Arts. The event was designed to highlight the creativity, talent and potential within our children. We knew that our children were very talented and often busy running to and from activities, but we never had the chance to see the children progressing in those talents. This was the perfect opportunity to hear and see our gifted musicians, creative artists, talented athletes and stage performers. We have decided to make this one of our chapter’s signature events to be held annually so that we can see and enjoy the continuous growth of our children in their talents.
The Ypsilanti Chapter’s Teen Group hosted a Historical Black Colleges and University (HBCU) College Fair Symposium at the Wayne County Community College District-Western Campus in Belleville, Michigan. Jack and Jill and community youth had an opportunity to talk to representatives from several HBCU’s to gain insight on the value of attending a HBCU. One common theme among all of the HBCUs was the encouragement and confidence of HBCU students in their ability to compete in the workforce upon graduation. The fair also gave the youth and their parents an opportunity to participate in an information session given by Certified College Planners, Jeff Taylor and Mark Mayberry that offered valuable tips on understanding the dynamics of the ACT test! A highlight of the day was the HBCU panel discussion between current HBCU students and alumni, with the teens serving as moderators, on why a HBCU is powerful choice in the 21st Century.
Arlington, TX south central region It was “Mardi Gras Merriment “ as Arlington celebrated carnival time with a party for the whole family. The Chapter’s Lousiana families served as hosts while President Bowen was dubbed an honorary “Who Dat”. Event chairman was Texan ShelVonna Jerry who showed “creole” spirit as the Carnival Queen. Our children were able to experience a holiday with deep roots in African American communities throughout the Gulf Coast. They shared in the music, decorations and delectables of the season. The event allowed mothers to model resilience as the Chapter regrouped from the cancelation of the annual Christmas party due to weather woes. In response, the festivities were repackaged with a Mardi Gras theme allowing parents and children to celebrate together in a way that’s uniquely “Jack & Jill”. Most importantly, Arlington was able to persevere and find ways to “laissez les bon temps rouler” or “let good times roll!”
south central region
Members of the Beaumont Chapter of Jack and Jill Inc. visited the Langetree Duck Farm and Eco Center, exploring the beauty of the earth and gaining an appreciation for nature. The Langetree employees taught our children African American History by focusing on the Black farmers and Agriculturist of the early 1900s. We learned farming techniques used in the old days and gained an appreciation of the cultural values, beliefs and insights of our forefathers. Our children also gained knowledge about the Native American way of life and survival methods utilized by them. Our kids had the opportunity to develop their own water filtration devices using commonly used household items and rocks. Our teens assisted the younger members by demonstrating methods of fishing, while also discussing the different fishing methods utilized within certain cultures.
Dallas, TX south central region Members, Associates, family and friends attended “Sixty Years of Grace, Grandeur and Goodwill,” the Dallas Chapter’s 60th Anniversary and Founder’s Day celebration recently held at the La Cima Club in Las Colinas, Texas. The culturally rich history of the chapter was shared through the program. The children were an integral part of the program as they outlined the six decades of our chapter’s history (1953-2013). Strolling down memory lane reminded everyone of the significant impact our mothers have made not only to our chapter and community but also on the regional and national levels.
North Houston Suburban, TX
south central region
North Houston Suburban Chapter acknowledged Carole Robertson Day, in September, at Texas Southern University, with a screening of Spike Lee’s 4 Little Girls, a documentary about the Birmingham church bombing. The event was open to chapter families and prospective families and was attended by Regional Historian Quiana Williams. Younger children received an age-appropriate history lesson from elementary educator (NHS mom) Tara Jones and screened the film, The Ruby Bridges Story. Families united to engage in a thought-provoking discussion, led by TSU Professor (NHS mom) Bernnell Peltier-Glaze and Doctoral Candidate, Camesha Scruggs. Hosting the event at TSU increased the children’s knowledge of and connection to a local HBCU. Jack and Jill parents shared their own experiences at HBCUs and other institutions of higher education, emphasizing how far we’ve come and encouraging our youth to go even farther to honor those who were brave before us.
Red River, LA south central region In tribute to the life and sacrifice of Carole Robertson and her friends Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, and Cynthia Wesley, the Red River Chapter secured the rights to Spike Lee’s 4 Little Girls for a special viewing. We also recognized locals in the Civil Rights Movement through a poem presentation. With over $5000 in sponsorships, we hosted over 100 youth from local schools, churches, and groups, provided each with a commemorative t-shirt and one of two books about the Civil Rights Movement: While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age during the Civil Rights Movement by Carolyn McKinstry or Freedom’s Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories by Ellen S. Levine. Additionally, the Red River Chapter distributed 23 sets of the aforementioned books to local middle and high school libraries in the Caddo, Bossier and Webster Parish school systems!!
On September 21, 2013, Birmingham Chapter families, community members, and elected officials honored the life of Carole Robertson. Fifty years after her death, in conjunction with Birmingham’s Civil Rights Movement Commemoration, we celebrated a special “Carole Robertson Day,” at Smithfield Library. The gathering was dedicated to the memory of Carole, one of four girls killed in the 1963 Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing. Carole loved J&J. She was a leader, avid reader, “A” student, marching band member, and Girl Scout. Her mother, Alpha Robertson, served as Southeastern Regional Director.
Knoxville, TN southeastern region Knoxville Chapter Twix ‘N Tweens (TNTs) attended “Change the Story: The Compassion Experience,” a recreation of the sights and sounds of children’s lives in poor, developingworld countries, as viewed through their eyes. The event, which was sponsored by Compassion International, included three programs that walked our TNTs through the daily journeys and challenges in the lives of children from India, Bolivia, and Uganda. It was like our TNTs were on a mission trip to these countries where they learned about what life is like outside of their own “tween” world. The TNTs met the young women whose stories were featured. After the tour, our TNTs completed the financial module on philanthropy. The timing was perfect, and the TNTs had a great discussion where they tied together the things that they learned from the Compassion Tour to the concepts within the module. It was great teachable moment for the Knoxville TNTs.
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The South Miami Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated understands Kwanzaa is a foundation for cultural development and has made it a priority to share its principles. We held our annual Kwanzaa celebration, entitled “Kwanz”, on 12/21/13. The event featured African Folk Tale Reading, Magic Show, and Crafts for the younger children. Our Kwanzaa celebration included the lighting of the seven candles in the Kinara. Our chapter shared the tradition of the celebration of Kwanzaa which calls for the harvest (our children) to bring forth their creations representing each principle. The messages of unity, selfdetermination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith will be enacted by the children and teens to depict the similarities between Kwanzaa and our organization. Our chapter will continue to take pride in reflecting upon our ancestors and the hope of celebrating each day with great expectations for future generations.
Chapter Programming SCOPE 2014
ack and Jill of America, Incorporated is committed to ensure that our children attain the skills and training to succeed. Developing great leaders is the crux of the National Programming Trust. Leadership development is achieved by, among other things, excellent programming in the area of Financial Literacy. The Financial Literacy modules were originated in the Mid-Western Region and developed in collaboration with Merrill Lync. All children, ages 3-12, are encouraged to complete at least 3 Financial Modules each program year. Across the Regions, teens have started investment clubs and partnered with local banks to understand existing financial structures, as well as the benefits of preparing and planning for their future. Our children have also been engaged in creative program activities to gain a better understanding of financial planning and learning how to create and adhere to a budget. This year the Financial Modules were enhanced to provide additional programming activities for our children to help broaden their skills in the areas of management, entrepreneurship, and saving.
Shermanita Cotton Mid-Western Region National Program Committee
You’re never too young to learn how to manage your finances. Our third through fifth graders are proof. The students participated in a financial literacy lesson covering the principles of Financial Literacy Modules one and two; savings and budgeting. With an impressive grasp of associated concepts and terminology, they learned to establish short and long term goals and formulate financial strategies for accomplishing them. They explored the benefits of saving gifted money from birthdays and holidays, as well as, earned money. In closing, they engaged in a computer activity called “Reality Check”, using their goal-setting abilities to identify what their lives would look like once they were “on their own”. They anticipated housing, healthcare, recreational and savings expenditures and entered them into the online calculator which generated occupations that could provide their needed income. This fun and informative session, undoubtedly, helped lay the foundation for their financial futures.
Greensboro, NC mid-atlantic region On November 15, 2013, the Greensboro Chapter Meteors had a “funlanthropy” financial literacy and community service activity at Airbound Trampoline Park. While the kids had a great time jumping, Airbound partnered with the Meteors so that part of the admission cost was used to purchase diapers for the United Way Thriving at Three program. The Thriving at Three program is an early childhood initiative with a simple premise: Children who are healthy, physically and emotionally, by age 3 are more likely to be successful in school and in life. Currently there is a diaper shortage in their storage bank. Over 600 diapers were presented to United Way. Tracy McLemore accepted the donations on behalf of the United Way. She talked to the kids about what it means to be philanthropic and how much even small donations can mean to families in need.
It’s Tee Time! The Hampton Chapter hosted our 3rd annual Golf Tournament on May 4, 2013 at Ford’s Colony in Williamsburg as part of our philanthropic commitment to the communities we live, work and play in and in support of the Jack and Jill of America Foundation. Our golf committee and chapter members worked countless hours to secure golfers, sponsors and donations attracting over 80 golfers from the community as well as our own Jack and Jill Mothers, Fathers and children. A fun filled day, golfers teed off at 9am returning at the end of the day to a luncheon that extended the opportunity to contribute to our fund raising efforts by purchasing beautifully themed baskets created by our chapter mothers and children. The Hampton Chapter was able to support four local organizations as well as make a financial contribution to the Jack and Jill Foundation by raising over $12,000.
Cincinnati, OH mid-western region The Cincinnati Chapter Children and Teens improved their financial & cultural literacy while strengthening our rich history of community service. This year, the groups fed 10 needy families at Thanksgiving. They created grocery lists, shopped and wrapped beautiful Thanksgiving baskets valued at $125 each. We also arranged for a United Way Agency Executive to speak to them about the impact of Philanthropic Giving. Another program incorporated the My Black is Beautiful Campaign to teach kids about the beauty and creativity of our culture. Here 5th-12th graders viewed “Imagine a Future”. Breakout discussions were led by various successful African-Americans from the community: a local radio personality, a high school counselor, a Cincinnati area detective and a businessman. This also kicked off a yearlong discussion for our Senior Teens on dating, beauty, self-respect and love. We believe these programs will set the foundation for hope and success in our younger generations!
Milwaukee, W I
On January 11 and 12, 2014, the Milwaukee Chapter hosted a Conference Kick Off event presenting a Bridging activity for grade 8 and Teen Leadership Conference. The weekend was designed to introduce the 8th graders to the teen group through a number of social/bonding activities and kick off discussion/preparation for Teen Conference. In addition, through the help of an outside guest speaker, Donnel Thompson, the event featured one of the Financial Literacy modules. Mr. Thompson covered Module #4Life Skills “You, Your job, Your career”. Also, he spoke about his own journey as a student athlete at the collegiate level which ultimately led him to the NFL (shown with Pittsburgh Steelers and UW Wisconsin jerseys) and corporate America.
Southwest Suburban Dallas, TX south central region The children of the Southwest Suburban Dallas Chapter have been busy with a whirlwind of activities ranging from a Splish Splash Safety Bash to a Mr. Roboto Camp to giving back to the community on MLK Day. In February the Brilliant Bloomers tied financial literacy to American history while bouncing the afternoon away. The group descended on Pump It Up and had a BLAST racing and sliding on the massive inflatables, and showed off their dancing skills while doing the Wooble in between attractions. After the fun was done, the Dads led the tots in a lesson on U.S. currency. With “kid cash’ the Bloomers walked through several stations and earned an income, gave to the church, saved 10 percent, and then had what was left for spending. Each Bloomer used their left over “cash” to purchase from a treasure chest. They then gave a presentation on their favorite American.
Red River, LA
The Red River Chapter is extremely proud of our budding partnership with Capitol One Bank. Believing it is never too early to learn about making sound financial decisions, the Red River Chapterâ€™s Tots to Teens Financial Literacy program was facilitated by Capitol One Assistant Branch Managers Tiffany Beauchamp and Janice Gafford. The children toured the Southern University Capitol One Branch and learned about savings account, interest rates, and credit card debt! Each child also learned how to write a check and how to document a banking register. Armed with specific knowledge of how to establish and maintain good credit, open a bank account and live financially responsibly, the Red River Chapter Tot to Teens successfully completed the Put Some Aside: Budgeting and Stop, Shop and & Spend Financial Literacy Module.
Jacksonville, F L southeastern region The Lively Ones and Twix and Tweens of the Jacksonville, FL Chapter focused on the integration of financial expectations and active community service. Through cooordinated activites the The Lively Ones focused on what is a budget and how taxes are calculated while the Twix and Tweens focused on the value of money in our everyday life. The children exercised authentic leadership organizing the activities. While discussing the positive and negative consequences of financial responsibility the children focused on the fundamental lessons of the connection between money, hard work and success. At the end of the activity they had a more comprehensive understanding of cost, budgeting and the importance of saving. The most gratifying was the gift they noted of the gratification of giving back.
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On January 18, 2014, the Tallahassee’s senior teen group (9th-12th grades) convened for its annual Leadership Lock-In. This year’s event incorporated lessons that spanned several programming thrusts: leadership development, financial literacy, leadership-in-action and STEM. The event was dynamic and the teens enthusiastically participated in two service activities. The day’s activities incorporated two games: The Haves and the Have Nots and Real Cheddar, Not Cheese. The Haves and the Have Nots utilized the game StarPower to demonstrate how societies of those “who have” and those “who have not” are created and maintained. The game illustrated complex factors that impact economic, social and political systems, including wealth and power. The “circumstances-simulation” game provided the opportunity for some teens to have power, while the remaining teens were without power. At the conclusion of the game, the teens were eager to learn more about financial strategies for building wealth. Cash Flow, a game designed to teach financial literacy and accounting principles, entertained and educated the teens during the afternoon session. To encourage healthy behaviors, the group was served a delicious and nutritious lunch that was prepared with all organic products. In keeping with the teen event’s traditions, teens brought their foundation donations for the Loose Change initiative. More than $100 was collected. The collected amount exceeded the expectations of the event and resulted in an increase of the group’s annual collection goal. The Lock-In ended with teens completing “an act of kindness” activity. Teens were provided guidance and resources to write “thank-you” cards. The Tallahassee chapter’s teens truly enjoyed the Lock-In and left the event enlighten and inspired!
he Healthy Living national program initiative, introduced in 2010, was implemented in response to the serious health crises facing African Americans. The vision of this initiative was to develop and implement programming that address preventable diseases associated with poor nutrition and fitness, as there is a disproportionately negative impact on the African-American community, particularly children. Embracing the importance and the benefit of the Healthy Living initiative, the 2012-2014 National Executive Board (NEB), under the direction of National President Tamara Turnley-Robinson requested that our chapters focus on educating our children on the importance of making better dietary decisions and the necessity of being physically active. Research clearly tells us that children have a greater chance of achieving good health throughout life if they are exposed to early supports that build resilience. A stronger, healthier America hinges on our ability to build a sustainable foundation for generations to come. Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is on a mission to ensure that families and communities build a strong foundation in the early years for a lifetime of good health. YOU HAVE THE POWER African Americans have the highest mortality rate from heart related diseases than any other racial/ethnic group. In 2013 Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated partnered with both the American Heart Association and the Association of Black Cardiologists to promote the prevention of cardiovascular disease, including stroke; providing access to information and tools that will increase knowledge and health.
A CALL TO ACTION: JACK AND JILL NATIONAL FITNESS DAY Jack and Jill of America “…seeks for all children the same as we do our own”. We rely on our members to move into the community and both educate and encourage our community children to reduce the risk of serious medical diseases that can be influenced by healthy living. Jack and Jill National Fitness Day is a national event where every chapter across the country participates in a fun and exciting fitness experience of their choosing. Where our families and the communities we serve will come together to celebrate fitness. Fitness Day is held in the month of April 2014. THE COMMITMENT EMBRACED Chapters continue to embrace the importance of being more aware of health issues that impact our communities, resulting in an organization that is more health conscious. As you peruse the following articles it will be apparent that healthy living has been woven into the core of Jack and Jill as a national organization. This programming thrust has resulted in an organization that is more fit, and therefore better positioned to serve each other, our children, families and communities. We have earned recognition by national organizations, such as American Heart Association, March of Dimes and Chapters have committed to focus on providing healthy behaviors and personal empowerment programming and training for young people by implementing impactful activities that encourage and engage our youth to strive to live healthy lifestyles.
Gladys Henderson National Program Director
The Bergen Passaic Chapter Teens have actively planned and orchestrated their activities for the program year with the guidance of teen sponsors Elaine Robinson and Kathy Laurent. In September, our Teens completed our traditional, full-day “Module Day”. The teens diligently completed all necessary modules and engaged in a number of informative sessions on topics ranging from community service and philanthropy to creating a vision and goal setting. They also participated in a thought-provoking discussion of the Trayvon Martin case and closed with a bowling party. Also that month, the Teens managed our Academic and Healthy Lifestyle Enrichment Project, a wonderful after school event that is a part of our grant initiative for the children of the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson, New Jersey. The fitness focused program consisted of five rotated activities, including a scooter relay, hula hoops, an over-under ball relay, jump rope challenge, and a circle relay. The Boys and Girls Club children had fun as they interacted with our Sr. Teen leaders. The event ended with a healthy snack of water and wheat pretzels. To encourage more physical play, each child in the program was given a jump rope to take home.
Central New Jersey, NJ
On Sunday, February 9, 2014, the Central New Jersey Chapter celebrated Black History Month with our Samuel DeWitt Proctor Health Education Day. Over 120 guests gathered at the Raritan Valley Community College Conference Center in Branchburg, New Jersey, for an afternoon of health and wellness seminars. We enjoyed a delicious lunch buffet featuring reduced-fat versions of soul food classics. We then split into separate age group workshops. Our Little Wonders (ages 2-5), Articulators (grades K-2) and High Achievers (grades 3-5) combined fun and fitness in an African dance and drumming class. Our Junior Teens and Teens engaged in a lively discussion facilitated by Psychologist Clyde Beverly, III, Ph.D (Chapter Dad), concerning the influence of media images on positive racial identity. Adults enjoyed a screening and discussion of Filmmaker Byron Hurt’s documentary, “Soul Food Junkies,” facilitated by Byron and a dynamic panel of Chapter members with unique perspectives on healthy eating.
Fresno, CA far west region The Fresno Chapter participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday, October 26, 2013 on the campus of California State University Fresno. The event was orchestrated by our cancer surviving mother Dr. Cheryl Whisenhunt. She organized the team the “Bald and the Beautiful.” This year we assisted her in raising $3135. that was donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer organization. We had a total of 137 participants and twenty survivors. Although this is an annual event, we raised the most money and it was the best year for our group. Teens participated in the walk, along with children, associates and friends. We will continue to support this worthwhile cause in memory of our mothers that we have lost to this disease: Wanda Clark and Arletha Doffney. Currently we have one chapter mother who was recently diagnosed as well.
Promoting our healthy living initiative, the Charleston Chapter of Jack and Jill of America co-sponsored the “Feet-First Run for Success” to benefit the Teachers’ Supply Closet, an organization in which we co-founded. The participants registered to complete challenging 2K and 5K courses depending upon ability level. More than a hundred walkers and runners sprinted pass the finish line as dozens of spectators cheered exuberantly. Our dedicated Jack and Jill teens served as registration personnel, replenished supplies, and monitored the course route. As with any competition, trophies were awarded to top achievers including some of our very own. Best of all, we utilized our Jack and Jill Foundation grant to aid in making this event a huge success.
Midlothian, VA mid-atlantic region On May 4, 2013, the Midlothian chapter held its inaugural Up the Hill with Jack and Jill 5K, in support of the Jack and Jill Foundation and Type I Diabetes. Jack and Jill race participants and our guests ran through the beautiful trails of Robious Landing Park and afterwards enjoyed a healthy breakfast provided by Einstein Bros Bagels, Costco and our most generous sponsor, McDonalds. Our children ran in the first ever Kids Fun Run and we concluded our race with a brief award ceremony. We proudly donated $5,480 to the Jack and Jill Foundation and $3,640 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Fun was had by all and we’re excited to host this event again in 2014! SCOPE 2014
South Charlotte, NC
Fun, Fit…and Jack and Jill! What better way to promote the Healthy Living Initiative than to participate in the “outdoor playground” located at the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) in Charlotte, NC! USNWC is dedicated to promoting healthy and active lifestyles. In October 2013, the South Charlotte Chapter of Jack and Jill of America’s 4th – 5th grade age group participated in a day filled with lots of fun, educational and active events at USNWC. It included approximately 1 hour each of unlimited ziplining, rock climbing and ropes courses. The children excitingly traveled the walking trails, as a group, from one activity to the next. After the activities ended, our children enjoyed a healthy lunch along the man-made whitewater river. Our Whitewater Center event was a HUGE success! All the children had such a fun experience and said it was one of their “favorite Jack and Jill events EVER!”
Central Kentucky, KY mid-western region In keeping with the national programming thrust, the Central Kentucky chapter hosted a Healthy Living event that focused on lifestyle changes with regards to healthy eating choices. With the increase in the number of children and youth adults being diagnosed with diabetes, the chapter chose to focus on educating their members on healthy food choices. Dr. Tamea Evans, a founding member of the Central Kentucky chapter, gave a slide show presentation, distributed pamphlets and played games with the attendees that helped reinforce the importance of healthy lifestyle changes. Since the event was held in November, as an added bonus, Whole Foods provided food samples to give members ideas for healthy alternatives to the traditional Thanksgiving meal.
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The Indianapolis Chapter embraced the AIM for Health Living initiative by hosting their 2nd Annual National Day of Fitness on Sunday, April 28, 2013. In partnership with My Gym Children’s Fitness Center, we hosted an incredible event to promote healthy behaviors for generations to come. Our Mother Members, associates, children and father’s auxiliary had a variety of heart-pumping indoor and outdoor activities to choose from including stepping/line dancing, Zumba fitness, jump rope/double-dutch, and even a zip line! It was exciting to see our younger kids step up to the zip line with slight hesitation only to burst into smiles as they flew through the air and dropped into a pit full of color balls. How rewarding it was to see their confidence grow on the spot! We ended the day with healthy snacks and cold, homemade fruit smoothies made by our own 5th/6th grade children. Our Jack and Jill family walked away with a renewed appreciation for FUN FITNESS!
North Texas, TX south central region The North Texas Chapter Mavericks enjoyed a day of Healthy Living by experiencing a day as chefs. The children were active participants in all aspects of the cooking – from safety and cleanliness to cutting and measuring. Thanks to the Pampered Chef consultant, all the kitchen tools were safe and easy for our young chefs to use. The consultant reviewed the recipe ingredients and taught a mini-lesson on fresh foods and healthy choices that will promote good nutrition. The menu included yummy yet healthy foods such as fruit kabobs, personal pizzas, and pumpkin muffins and fruit smoothies. Each menu item was carefully selected to be kid-friendly and heart healthy (low in carbs). The children were really amazed to learn that the fruit for kabobs was also the fruit in the smoothies. All of the children were chefs for a day with healthy tips to last a lifetime. Bon Appetite!
Chapter Programming SCOPE 2014
Leadership in Action
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams
eadership Development/Leadership in Action is a national programmatic thrust created to provide direction in an ever changing world.
Leadership Development - The Enhanced JMB Leadership Modules guide teens and tweens as they embrace skills that must be possessed by those who lead the way. The JMB modules providing direction are: Integrity & Ethics; Vision; Goal Setting; S.T.E.A.M; Confidence; Risk Taking; Accountability & Responsibility; Self-Discipline; Communications & Listening; Communications & Public Speaking; Service & Sacrifice; Utilizing Strengths; Trust & Respect; Problem Solving & Conflict Resolution; and Character Building. Leadership in Action – The skills learned by the tweens and teens are then used to better the communities, cities and states in which they reside. They can contact legislators regarding bills that impact children, education and families. They can apply their skills as tutors, peer mentors, ambassadors, and champions of those in need. Our children are groomed to lead and move the discussion forward on issues that impact all of humanity. As parents, we must continue to guide and support their efforts.
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Leadership Development / Leadership in Action
Mercer County, NJ
Our chapter’s education symposium brought students and parents from all around Mercer County to the campus of Lawrenceville Prep on Saturday, November 9 to get the inside scoop on how to gain entry into selective private schools and universities. The universities represented were Columbia, Princeton, Rutgers, Georgetown and Howard. Representatives from selective area private schools were also in attendance to enlighten students about the application process. The students broke into two groups--one for high school admission and one for college admission--to discuss the college admissions process, paying special attention to looking at colleges that make sense for each individual. The panelists also gave attention to the application process, admissions interviews, writing effective and interesting essays, and important extracurricular activities). There were also Q&A sessions with the audience and opportunities for one-on-one sessions with college representatives.
Montgomery County, PA eastern region Montgomery County PA Chapter focused their 2013-2014 programming year on “Parents Empowering Youth”. The ultimate goal was to create activities that engaged our mother membership while instilling leadership skills in our youth. Our toddlers activities were interactive “play date” style activities that focused on leadership building. Our Silver spoons utilized a station based math and science activity that engaged mothers and fathers in helping the children make ice cream, count via tally marks, and created electrical circuits out of play dough. Our Golden Nuggets and Teens are pairing up to prepare for a spelling bee. The Teens serving as mentors and coaches preparing them for the competition. Our Precious jewels participated in an African inspired painting activity expressing their artistic sides. This year has been exciting and engaging teaching the mother’s how to excite their children around learning, especially in the areas of science, math and language arts.
Nassau County, NY
There was a Power surge of Positivity and Purpose on Saturday, January 4, 2014 as 115 local high school teens shining bright with Power and Potential attended the Nassau County Chapter 6th Annual Teen Leadership Summit at SUNY Old Westbury. This free, full-day program on a college campus engaged teens in purposeful workshops targeted around three Power themes: (1) Defining the Power Within, which focused on developing a positive self image, maintaining self-respect, image control, and determining your leadership style; (2) Developing A Powerful Plan, which reinforced financial literacy, time management, safe relationships, college preparation, and included a ‘real deal” college life panel; and (3) Dispensing Power for a Positive Purpose, which honed in on public-speaking, interviewing and networking skills, how to tell your story, and included a “Power Suit – Dress for Success” fashion show. Parents were also empowered with workshops to help them prepare their teens for college.
New Haven, C T eastern region The Teens of the New Haven, CT Chapter took part in the inaugural ceremonies of the 50th Mayor of the New Haven, Toni Nathaniel Harp. Mayor Harp is the first female mayor of the city and a Jack and Jill alumnus! Young adults are on the top of her priority list focusing on issues of school reform, health care and jobs. Family, education, and city revitalization were themes of the inaugural ceremony. Douglas Wardlaw, Jr., Madison Brown, Jade King, Rahsaan Akbar (posing with Lt. Governor Wyman & Mayor Harp) & Roy Williams-Smith effortlessly worked alongside Connecticut’s highest politicians including Senators, Congressional members and the Governor to ensure the success of the festivities. Teens served as hosts and ushers, distributing programs and helping to seat invited guests. According to Jade King, it was “…a pretty cool experience to meet senators and the new Mayor and be around someone who is positive.”
Leadership Development / Leadership in Action
Newton teens are applying leadership skills by embracing the Eastern Region’s goal to End Hunger in the East. The teens kicked off the initiative by volunteering their time shelving food at the Hope Food Pantry. Not arriving empty handed - they also donated 100 pounds of canned goods! To continue the food drive the teens asked each Chapter family to bring two bags of groceries to our monthly meetings. They also partnered with Stop & Stop to donate $2,000 in canned goods for their “Stuff The Bus” campaign. On MLK Day of Service, the teens and chapter families picked up the supermarket donations, delivering them to the Pine Street Inn. Our families spent the day unloading and shelving pantry items and baking cookies for the evening meal. Each month the teens plan to provide hope for the hungry. During Black History Month the teens are soliciting $10 supermarket gift cards.
North Jersey, NJ eastern region Leadership development through community service has weaved through programming of the North Jersey Chapter of Jack and Jill this year. We celebrated Carole Robertson Day with a Tri-Chapter backpack drive collecting over 275 backpacks filled with school supplies for the Oakwood Avenue School in Orange NJ and the local Boys & Girls Club. Next came our hat, boot, glove and coat drive for Oakwood Ave School in December. We kicked off 2014 with a collaborative effort to End Hunger Today thru Action & Advocacy where our Sr. Teens led the way working with Kent Place School, an independent K-12 school in Summit and The Community Food Bank of NJ preparing sandwiches, putting together meal gift baskets and organizing baby food. The day concluded with a letter writing campaign and an oratory presentation by Jack and Jillers responding to seven quotes on hunger made by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lead!
Inspired by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech the Sr. Teens decided to put leadership in action on Jan 19, 2014. Practicing peer-to-peer leadership, they worked with the Group 2 children (ages 6-8) who helped them collect and donate books at a school in our Westchester community. By organizing the Group 2 children and enrolling the chapter mothers from all groups, the Sr. Teens were able to donate approximately 900 books ranging from Pre-K to high school level. Some teacher resource books were also donated. Specially purchased and labeled Westchester J&J book bags were sorted and stuffed. These books will help foster literacy for the children of Graham Elementary School in Mt. Vernon, NY. The books were delivered to the principal, Dr. Hunter-McGregor by the teen president, Maxwell Bentil, and the Westchester chapter president, Cynthia Gay, on the morning of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday.
Capital City, NC mid-atlantic region In February, Capital City hosted its Second Annual Leadership Summit. This day-long symposium consisted of workshops specifically designed for each age group. The Explorers did activities centered on respecting themselves, accepting differences, and being honest. The Discoverers defined leadership, identified everyday leaders, and reviewed table manners and dining skills. The Pathfinders examined goal setting and problem solving strategies and practiced the art of being a good host, extending invitations, and writing thank you notes. The Innovators developed an anti-cyber bullying campaign and discussed self presentation and the marks of distinction for a young lady and a gentleman. The Trailblazers created a crisis management firm that developed campaigns for the Affordable Care Act and honed their interview skills. Each group also attended workshops on cultural and legislative topics and participated in a hands-on engineering lab. Additionally, the t(w) eens heard from a career panel—which included an entrepreneur, dentist, judge, and principal.
Leadership Development / Leadership in Action
On January 11, 2014, the Keens and Early Teens of Columbia hosted a Resume Writing Workshop. The workshop was comprised of four sessions including creating your personal brand, resume writing, dressing for success, and interviewing skills. Children were introduced to the concept of Personal Branding through building and protecting personal image, establishing positive associations with their names, and personal responsibility in social media. The Resume Writing session involved developing the most effective resume to present to academic administrators, athletic scouts, and potential employers. Dressing for Success included demonstrations of proper and inappropriate attire for the interview, understanding the difference between business casual and business attire, and nuances (e.g. tattoos, stilettos) that may negatively impact first impressions. The Interviewing Skills session addressed the importance of body language, eye contact, voice projection, being prepared for the tough questions like ‘what is your major weakness?’, and the impression that a handshake can make.
Conway, SC mid-atlantic region The Conway Chapter Teens have planned a programming year with the national programming thrusts in mind. They are rising to the challenge of preparation for the future by gaining empowerment through leadership development, cutural heritage and community service. With only half of the programming year complete, they have already initiated a “Capri Sun Drive”to assist the Conway Medical Center Foundation in providing healthy weekend snacks to local students in need, conducted and presented research on HBCU’s and presented the information to the community at the chapter’s Annual Black History Fundraiser, and volunteered at The Shepherd’s Table, a local soup kitchen providing hot meals to local citizens in need. The Conway Teens are working hard and serving their chapter and their community with “Power and Potential”.
Eastern North Carolina, NC
In celebration of Black History Month, the children of the Eastern North Carolina Chapter delivered oral presentations to their community surrounding the theme of “Leadership in Action: What can I do to create a better world?” The pre-school group, Rising Sun presented: “The Meaning of Leadership”. Adventure Galley (grades 1-3) did a re-enactment of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Victory’s Triumph (grades 4-6) and Great Fortune (grades7-9) gave 1 minute individual presentations on the topic, “Who was MLK? The Making of a Great Leader” and “My Community, My Impact”. The teens of Liberty and Amity gave 3 minute speeches that discussed a community or national issue and proposed what he or she could do to create change. These talks enlightened and inspired all who attended. A local television news anchor, college professor and councilwoman served as judges. Prizes were given to the most motivating presentations with fully developed plans of action. We serve our community by raising awareness and being leaders who create change. In the coming year the teen group, with assistance from the chapter, will implement a few of the proposed plans for change.
Motor City, MI mid-western region On Monday, January 20, 2014, the Motor City Chapter teens had a special behind the scenes treat as participants in the Detroit Pistons organization’s Dream Big MLK Observance thanks to mother member, Marcia Turner, VP/ GSM at Fox Sports Detroit. The teens “held court” with Fox sportscasters Melanie Knowles and Greg Kelser, also a former Piston. This unique opportunity gave the group a chance to see leaders in action. They interviewed Mrs. Turner, as well as the sportscasters to gain insight on their careers. All of the interviewees credited Dr. King and the Civil Rights movement for opening doors in their career paths. The teens reflected on how the civil rights movement continues to affect their lives today, as well as discussed how their leadership roles in school, church, and the community can impact their peers and future generations. The group later enjoyed a Pistons win over the LA Clippers.
Leadership Development / Leadership in Action
Greater Frisco, TX
south central region
In light of the recent incidents revolving around people of color tragically losing their lives due to misguided perceptions from others, our Kings and Queens participated in a grade group activity called “Living Beyond the Stereotypes.” Our dynamic motivational speaker is leading a movement to address the social and personal challenges, goals, and negativity that all of us face at some point in our lives. She led the Teens in examining their own assumptions about other people groups, and discussed where generalizations and stereotypes come from and how to stop them. This led to an engaging discussion about knowing who you are and walking in that confidence. Each Teen received credit for the CONFIDENCE leadership module. Three Teens provided video testimonials detailing what they learned from the activity. Two other Teens were selected as featured t-shirt models. Both the testimonial video and the models are on the speaker’s website, www.IAMBETTERTHAN.net.
Houston, TX south central region Serving the community is the manifestation of leadership in action. The Houston Chapter stresses the responsibility of service to our chapter youth. January 20th, the chapter participated in the Martin Luther King Day of Service at the Houston MLK Center sponsored by Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church. Houston Chapter children ranging in age from six years old to eighteen participated in a community clean up block walk in the 3rd ward. Wheeler Ave. Church members and Boy and Girl Scouts troops combined with the Houston Chapter to create an impressive force of community volunteers. The children got the opportunity to see the positive impact of their hard work, to participate in the Houston MLK rally, and to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by showing compassion for others. Members also had the opportunity to learn about taking pride in their community and responding to the negative impact of pollution and waste.
The Atlanta Chapter Teens had an innovative, but dicey, concept to discuss with the mothers during the first Teen Business Meeting of the year. Would they allow the teens to have a life-changing event without their parents? Surprisingly, the moms agreed. The risk paid-off for the teens and the “Straight Talk” Teen Conference was developed. The conference included several sessions, facilitated by experts from the community, with a variety of topics for the teens. Topics included: “What it means to be a black man in the 21st century?” and “How do young black women maintain their self-esteem with the unrealistic images in the media that are not always complimentary? The conference concluded with a town hall meeting in tribute to Trayvon Martin. With the “Straight Talk” Teen Conference being such a tremendous success, the Teens wonder how they can top it next year!
Buckhead Atlanta, GA southeastern region The Senior Teens of Buckhead-Atlanta Chapter embarked on a life lesson and took an excursion to the Atlanta Jail. Our chapter dad, Chief Labat, gave our teens the “real tour” of jail life. Our teens were wide eyed as they listened to stories of how people are taken through this process and what simple things can land them in the slammer. They asked questions and had great takeaways. There was great dialogue once they learned that prisons were built on the projection of the reading level of black boys. Our teens are now seeking out ways to help boys with reading to make a difference! The teens were also asked to raise bail money for themselves. You could not leave without your minimum bail! The money raised was donated to a charity that assists teens in foster care. This was a GREAT activity with a real dose of reality.
Leadership Development / Leadership in Action
The Columbus Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated graciously accepted Mayor Teresa Tomlinson’s invitation to participate in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “The Dream Lives” Processional and Celebration conducted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the Government Center Plaza in Columbus, Georgia. “The Dream Lives” event commemorated the prolific life of Dr. King, Jr. through a plethora of presentations, talent, and a host of local and national speakers. The Senior Teens and Middle School Grade Groups with their accompanying Jack and Jill Mothers marched in the processional to demonstrate to the citizens of Columbus and surrounding cities, with a tremendous sense of pride, leadership and grave responsibility, that the spirit of Dr. King, Jr.’s dream was prevalent in their lives! In preparation for the processional, the families of the Columbus Chapter researched the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to share with the community.
Greater Tampa, F L southeastern region Recently, the Greater Tampa Chapter Teens hosted a High School Showcase for the chapter’s Junior Teens aka the Talented Tenth. The showcase provided information about several local high schools’ admissions criteria, academic resources, extracurricular activities, and other special programs. One goal of the older teens is to provide peer-to-peer resources that help prepare the younger Teens. The Talented Tenth perused the school displays, received school gear (brag bags), and questioned the older Teens representing their respective school. The Teens answered questions such as: How much homework is typical? Is it assigned over school vacations? Does the school offer four years of math and science? Is there help for struggling students? How are the stronger students challenged? Name some extra-curricular activities and clubs. Now, the Talented Tenth will have a better start with high school because of the informative (and spirited) presentations by the older Teens.
Nashville, T N
The Nashville Chapter has been actively involved culturally, socially and civically in our community. In February, our talented tweens and fantastic teens collaborated on a Mock Trial. This phenomenal activity allowed the youth to explore each and every facet of the legal system. Digesting the case and exploring legal options, each child was assigned a role to research. From the court room judge, the jury, to the prosecution and defense teams – while leaving no guard or stenographer unturned, the tweens and teens were consumed with their roles and potential outcomes. The trial occurred in an actual courtroom. A Q&A with a Circuit Judge immediately followed the proceedings. Arguing for another man’s life allowed our youth to place so many of their own values, goals and aspirations in genuine perspective. Our children emerged from this experience embraced with justice and a new found respect and understanding of our judicial system.
North Suburban Atlanta, GA southeastern region We are fifty years from key events in African American History. Yet the salience of the civil rights movement has waned for many. Speaking at NSAC hosted SER conference, Joseph Lowery advised moms to get active in preserving our history. The leadership of NSAC took this to heart. We proclaimed September 15th, “Carole E. Robertson Day” for NSAC families to discuss civil rights. We hosted a chapter wide Black History Month celebration “Leadership and Legacy”. Children and youth were encouraged to have active involvement and present their family legacy by creating family tree tri-folds and video interviews of their grandparents. Associate mom and daughter of Civil rights leader, Atty. Andrea Young spoke on leadership from a global civil rights stand point. Mr. James Stewart, classmate to Carole Robertson, gave first-hand accounts on being a civil rights youth and paralled similar challenges for youth today.
Leadership Development / Leadership in Action
Treasure Coast, F L southeastern region Treasure Coast Chapter activities have truly made an impact in the Treasure Coast community and many countries around the world. The Chapter organized its Second Annual Operation Christmas Child project. This worthy cause provides toys and clothing to needy children around the world. The members collected and wrapped 40 shoe boxes with supplies for the children just in time for the Christmas holiday. Additionally, the Teens organized and delivered a Valentine Day of treats to a local senior citizen center. The beautifully decorated basket filled with candy, valentine hearts and a handmade card was delivered to the nurses and patients at the center. The Teens experienced firsthand that power and potential of leadership and giving back to their community.
Chapter Programming SCOPE 2014
Legislative Advocacy W
hat is legislative advocacy? Legislative Advocacy refers to efforts to influence the introduction, enactment, or modification of legislation. National program activities, such as On the Hill Summit, continue to show Jack and Jill of America, Incorporatedâ€™s commitment to engaging our children in the legislative process. Our children will continue to have the opportunity to participate in activities such as mock legislative initiatives and letter writing campaigns to increase their understanding of the legislative process. We encourage chapters all across the country to host open forums with their local congressional representatives or their staff, and provide the opportunity for our childrenâ€™s voices to be heard. Moreover, we will continue to educate our mothers about local and state legislation that impact early childhood education, gun control and juvenile justice for our children in our communities. We know the future of the world is in the hands of our children, thus we are committed to focusing our children in the legislative process and building legislative advocacy in the support of the national legislative priorities for Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. It is our prayer that by increasing our knowledge of the legislative process, we will ultimately improve the lives of all children. Sisterly Yours in Jack and Jill,
Nikki Farrior Eastern Region National Program Committee
Alexandria-Mt. Vernon, VA
The Alexandria-Mt. Vernon Chapter hosted a Joint Legislative Summit at the Virginia State Capitol to raise awareness on one of our national legislative priorities, the importance and impact of high-quality early childhood education and childcare for all children. Our children and teens delivered hand-written letters of support on the issue to the delegates. Governor Terry McAuliffe, delegates and the counsel to the governor spoke with our group of 75 family members representing the Northern Virginia chapters. Our visit concluded with a tour of the Capitol and Viewing Gallery where we watched the General Assembly’s House of Delegates in Session. The Northern Virginia Chapters of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. were recognized by Delegate Charniele Herring from the House Floor, and received a warm welcome from the General Assembly. Delegate Herring and Delegate Torian introduced HJ 235, Resolution commending Jack and Jill of America, Inc. on the Joint Legislative Summit.
Bucks County, PA eastern region On Sunday, January 26, 2014 the mothers, fathers and youth of The Bucks County Chapter of Jack & Jill, Incorporated had the special distinction of meeting Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick, US House of Representatives of the 8th District of Pennsylvania. Congressman Fitzpatrick shared his views on the significance of education and family values as questions were fielded enthusiastic youth. Rep. Fitzpatrick verbalized his support for initiatives focusing on leadership skills. The Legislative Committee extended the invitation to Representative Fitzpatrick designed as part of the organization’s overall legislative advocacy efforts. The Chapter’s teens played an active role which was led by Lexy Whyte and Michael King, the co-chairs of the teen’s Legislative Committee. “Knowing that we can build a partnership with Congressional representatives and work towards our common vision of fostering development of our youth is strategically important,” said Kristie King, President of the Bucks County Chapter.
Greater Albany, NY
GRAL’s Group IV and V attended the National Black Law School Association’s 39th Annual Regional Competition of the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition in January. The competition provides law school students with the opportunity to argue issues that are at the forefront of debate in the legal profession. This year’s theme was “Furthering the Legacy: Building Influence Through Advocacy to Shape the Changes of Tomorrow.” J&J attendees witnessed students present to four ‘judges’ during the appellate court proceedings. Group IV continued the experience with a discussion about “Blurred Lines”. We considered the merits of the case and the impact the personal choices of the defendant, the lawyer and the judge had on the case. The conversation continued with talk about “Finish Lines”; the preteens shared personal goals and we reviewed The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens to assist them in getting to their personal finish lines.
Montgomery County, MD eastern region The Montgomery County Maryland Chapter of Jack and Jill began its legislative program by commemorating the anniversary of the National March on Washington with its Group four, five (tweens) and six (teens) youth. Jack and Jillers participated in discussions with legislators -- to learn the impact of civil rights on their lives. The teens continued their legislative journey with a visit to the Newseum exhibit, “ Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement,” that identified a new generation of student leaders who fought segregation by making their voices heard and exercising their first amendment rights. The teens interfaced with leaders of Youth Leadership Montgomery who shared ways in which youth leaders can take action to help others in the community today. In April, on the final leg of their legislative journey, Jack and Jillers will host a legislative youth town hall meeting on protecting their personal brand.
Prince George’s County, MD
Our legislative initiative involved a project to assist our children in understanding the impact of bullying and to allow their voices to be heard by lawmakers. Titled, “The Power of Peace Initiative”, our one day event was a joint venture with the National Harbor chapter. Programming was directed to every chapter age group. We had many legislators in attendance, including our own County Executive Rushern Baker. He spoke to all in attendance and led our children in their pledges “It’s Cool to Be Kind”. Psychologists provided discussion points in a supportive environment for our youngest and helped them to reaffirm that they are all “Stars”. The Junior and Senior teens participated in a discussion along with legislators and the County’s juvenile judge. Parents attended a cyber-bullying workshop led by prosecutors and given tips to ensure that kids are protected. In all it was a thought provoking and act compelled afternoon.
South Jersey, NJ eastern region The South Jersey Chapter conducted two consecutive Mock Trials at the Evesham Township Courthouse in celebration of Founder’s Day. The first trial with our two youngest groups was based on Goldilocks vs. the Three Bears. Goldilocks was charged with “bad manners” but the premise was trespassing. Characters included; Goldilocks, her father, the Three Bears, prosecuting attorney, defense attorney, judge and jurors. The second trial for our older two age groups argued, April Fools State of NJ v. Willy Wynn. They served as prosecutors, defense attorneys, witnesses, and judges. Our middle school age groups were “summonsed” as jurors for an authentic touch. Approximately 100 children participated in this event. Local dignitaries were involved throughout the trial and stressed the importance of civic engagement and political involvement. This event gave our children the knowledge to unleash their “Power and Potential” inside the judicial system to ignite a spark to develop future leaders.
The Syracuse Chapter of Jack & Jill had the honor and privilege to attend the inauguration of Mayor Lovely A. Warren, Rochester New York’s first African American woman to ascend to the position of Mayor January 4, 2014 in the City of Rochester. Jack & Jill families from Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo came together to witness this historic legislative activity. This event punctuated an extraordinary 75th Anniversary Programatic Year which opened with the annual Syracuse Jack & Jill Family Picnic, Apple Picking, a 50th Anniversary Remembrance of the Birmingham Bombings at Syracuse University and a screening and discussion of, Best Picture of the Year 12 Years a Slave. The year culminated with a focus on HBCU’s and a memorable performance of the FISK JUBILEE SINGERS.
On January 20, 2014, members of the Chesapeake, Virginia Chapter of Jack and Jill, Inc. visited the State Capitol in Richmond. The students, who were out of school for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, were hosted by state Senator Kenneth C. Alexander. Alexander’s district includes portions of Chesapeake. As part of Jack and Jill’s Legislative Advocacy initiative, the group spent the day watching Alexander and the General Assembly in action, and learning how the state government operates. The group had lunch, toured the grounds of the historic Capitol and had a wonderful time.
South Suburban Chicago, IL mid-western region South Suburban Chicago hosted a “STOP THE VIOLENCE: Juvenile Justice Summit”, January 25, 2014. This event focused on gun safety, stranger danger, bullying, teen dating violence prevention, and racial profiling while shopping or driving, through interactive age appropriate workshops. Children were asked to develop anti-violence slogans and present ideas for more effective gun control laws. They learned about Illinois’ ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws and the implications of the new legislation authorizing concealed carrying of weapons. The workshops were facilitated by state and local law officers, criminal defense attorneys, a child psychologist and a Girl Scout Leader. Approximately 100 children, 5-18 years old, attended, including invited guests from local Girl/Boy Scout troops. Participants were asked to donate toiletry items which were assembled in a gift bag to be donated to a local crisis shelter for 75+ Acts of Kindness. Included in each bag were notes of encouragement written by the children.
Greater Channel, TX
south central region
Greater Channel Chapter Teens Host Legislative Internship Fifty Houston area teens and middle school members of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated spent their spring break serving as interns-fora-day at the state of Texas capitol building. The Greater Channel Chapter graciously invited other chapters to participate from across the South Central Region. The students boarded the busses and headed to Austin for a full day of fun and civic leadership education. The students did a tour of the capitol and grounds, attended meetings and spent time on the floor with lawmakers. There were presentations by lawmakers, lobbyist and appointees, such as Senator Rodney Ellis on Gun Control bills submitted and the Texas Commissioner of Education. State Representative, Borris Miles hosted the chapter members and they were recognized on the House floor. The day concluded with a capitol scavenger hunt with the winning team receiving prizes of iPad minis. SCOPE 2014
Chapter Programming SCOPE 2014
Recreational/Social Rec•re•a•tion•al – [rekrēˈāSHənl]/So•cial - [soh-shul] – these are acts relating to or denoting activity done for enjoyment when one is not working, and of, pertaining to, connected with, or suited to polite or fashionable society: a social event.
ecreational/Social skills are activities or experiences that produce feelings of enjoyment and satisfaction. Exposing youth to opportunities of leadership, effective communication, and social interaction provides resilient platforms that positively afford children with opportunities to have culturally diverse connections for networking into their adulthood. Jack and Jill continues to provide Recreational/Social Programming that offers our youth and families the chance to engage, impact and influence communities where we live, despite how rurally remote or noticeably challenging they might be. The goals and objectives of an efficiently ran recreational or social program is to ensure there is support for offering innovative experiences to our youth and community. Through the years, the organization continues to evolve by being sociable and responsive to the community’s needs.
Monica Moton Williams Central Region National Program Committee
Recreational / Social
On October 12, 2013, we celebrated our 40th Anniversary at The Merion in Cinnaminson, N.J. Keynote speaker was Rev. Darrell Armstrong, Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church. During its 40 year history, the BurlingtonWillingboro Chapter’s programming has included educational, civic, recreational, social and cultural activities to stimulate the growth and development of our children. We have had fun and innovative fundraisers such as a wine tasting, an art show at a local winery and Galas, to benefit Burlington County community organizations that serve children and families. We have also sponsored community events such as our annual Seat Beat Safety Program and biennial Children and Youth Tolerance Conference. We are indebted to those mothers who came before us, committed to fulfilling the mission, goals and objectives of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and bringing quality programs and services to Burlington County local communities.
Pittsburgh, PA eastern region “Commemorate, Celebrate and Cultivate” Pittsburgh Chapter Celebrates 70 years The Pittsburgh Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. celebrated its 70th Anniversary on January 25, 2014 at The Fairmont Hotel. Guests enjoyed an afternoon of reconnecting with past members, celebrating 70 years and looking to the chapter’s future. Violinist Soleil Smith (6th grader) played for guests as they entered, followed by a musical solo of The Jack and Jill Hymn by Candace Burgess (Junior Teen) accompanied by pianist Derrick Turner (Jack and Jill Alum). Nancy Washington, a member of the initial chapter established in Philadelphia, reminisced about her early years in Philadelphia and her transition as a member to the Pittsburgh Chapter. Eastern Region MAL Danielle Brown served as the guest speaker, highlighting Pittsburgh’s rich history. The luncheon ended with a vintage fashion show featuring casual, professional and formal wear from each decade dating back to 1944.
The Rochester, N.Y. Chapter of Jack and Jill, inspired by the Olympic season, embraced the elements of winter during their annual sledding activity. The event was held on February 9th, 2014 at the beautiful Mendon Ponds Park during a mini heat wave of twenty-degree weather. The children and their parents had a wonderful time sledding down snow-packed hills. The younger children were the first ones down the hills. After sledding for several hours, everyone returned to the cabin to warm up by the fire and enjoy classic comfort food such as chili, soup, and a stocked hot chocolate “bar”. The relaxed atmosphere within the cozy cabin allowed time for families to socialize and bond with each other. The children created snowflake cut-outs and ended the activity by breaking open a piñata. Kudos to the Planning Committee for a great event for all!
Inglewood, CA far west region The Inglewood Chapter’s Annual Jack and Jill Day Picnic serves as one of our chapter’s most cherished events. As our tradition dictates, we also took time that day to celebrate the life of Carole Robertson. Our Fathers Auxiliary set up the event, which was held at Fox Hills Park in Culver City, and each family contributed towards the delicious barbeque feast. The event began with a powerful prayer and continued with family fun, food and fellowship. The families played games, danced and enjoyed spending time with each other on a truly beautiful day. Our children savored the rare opportunity to spend time and get to know the children and parents in other grade groups. We also celebrated the children that were bridging over to a new group in the 2013-14 programming year. The highlight of the event was each of the grade group presentations to commemorate Carole Robertson.
Recreational / Social
Inland Empire, CA
far west region
The Inland Empire Chapter celebrated Founder’s Day on January 25, 2014 with a roller skating party at a local skating rink, Roller City 2001. The day started with all of the children gathered for some sharing of Jack and Jill history, and information about the founding of the Inland Empire chapter. The children were then divided into two teams, and a trivia game recalling the information they just learned was played. Prizes were given to the winning team, and each child was given a goodie bag, which included a keepsake bookmark about Jack and Jill Founder’s day. Everyone then enjoyed roller skating, eating, and having lots of fun. Among those enjoying this fun filled event were all chapter members and family, and Prospective New Mothers and their family.
Long Beach, CA far west region On a bright and sunny day in Southern California, the members of the Jack & Jill Long Beach chapter went outside of their comfort zones and participated in a canyon hike and zipline adventure in the desert! The Jack & Jill kids and their moms were thrilled to participate in an adventure that took them “zipping” across the skies and experiencing something entirely new. Kudos to the fearless members of Jack & Jill Long Beach that demonstrated real grit and conquered at the Skull Canyon Zipline Adventure Park!
Santa Clarita Valley/Antelope Valley, CA
far west region
In September of 2013, the Santa Clarita Valley/ Antelope Valley Chapter gathered in celebration of Jack and Jill Day. All groups met at Castaic Lake in Santa Clarita for the chapter’s 2nd annual overnight camping trip. The event began with pitching tents, group activities that promoted bonding, exercise, and fun. The chapter also welcomed members of the Bakersfield Interest Group who attended and experienced their first interchapter activity. The teen group then presented the history of Carol Roberson with a video creation. The chapter enjoyed a catered dinner followed by an African drummer, who led the chapter in cultural folktale stories and a drum circle around a campfire. Afterward, families enjoyed s’mores and evening fellowship. Many families stayed overnight and enjoyed morning activities, including a continental breakfast, fellowship, and hiking. This annual event has quickly become a chapter favorite and gets better each year.
Fayetteville, NC mid-atlantic region January 26, 2014 the Fayetteville Chapter celebrated Founder’s Day and recognized one of our Associate Members. We started our ceremony at St. Luke AME church where we were with a powerful message The chapter was well represented with our unified selection of navy blue suit and Jack and Jill paraphernalia. The celebration continued with a brunch, which served an array of delicious food. The Tween and Teen groups conducted the program where they utilized their training in public speaking, etiquette, musical performance, etc. Our very own graduate member Jasmine Bogan delivered an inspiring message to our young members. She encouraged them to continue to take advantage the excellent opportunity being apart of this superb organization. She stated she overcame many of her insecurities with the love, support and community service activities that were provided through this chapter. Jerial Bogan was recognized as one of our dedicated Associate Members. Spoke on fond memories while she and her family actively participated in this chapter. She also challenge the current mothers to not lose focus on our ultimate goal to develop exceptional leaders, who are capable of enhancing our community as well as the world around us.
Recreational / Social
North Shore, IL
North Shore Jack and Jill Group Three children enjoying food and fun during a recreational activity at Robert Crown Ice Arena in Evanston, Illinois. It was a celebration of sister and brotherhood, used to promote positive interactions and improved social skills with physical activity included.
Western Cook County, IL
December 28, 2013, Group 3 (Grades 4-5), were ready to duel. The children donned their white jackets, masks, and swords and were prepared to fence. The Instructor, 2000 Olympic Bronze Winner Tsanko Hantov, taught them all the rules. The most important rule, this is a respectful sport; you always shake hands and bow to your opponent, win or lose. After their training they were all prepared to raise their swords. The swords were electronic, and each time a child scored a point there was a beep and a point showed on the board. The instructor coached every swing and poke, while the moms sat on the sidelines cheering and holding their breath. We wrapped up our day with snacks and then one more team building activity lead by one of our very own Teens, Tiffani Green. The children hung on her every word, and didnâ€™t want the day to end.
DFW Mid-Cities, TX south central region The DFW Mid-Cities moms hosted the chapter’s first Christmas Gala at the Piazza in the Village in Colleyville, Texas. Moms truly took the event to the next level and went all out for this Christmas Extravaganza! The mood was elegantly set by soft Christmas music, dim lighting, and beautiful tear drop chandeliers. The spirit of Christmas filled the air. The evening was tastefully punctuated with a sit down dinner, cocktails for the adults and an ice cream bar for the children; these were truly big hits! Crafts for age group children, letters to Santa, dance floor games, gift exchanges, and of course Santa himself were some of the evening’s highlights. The event bridged current members and families, prospective members, and legacy children together for an evening of fine food and festivities. All night little voices proclaimed: “This was the BEST Jack and Jill event EVER!”
Katy-Prairie View, TX
south central region
It is often said, “The greatest gift you can give someone, is your TIME! When you give your time, you are giving a portion of your life that you will never give back.” The Black and Bold Teens of the Katy-Prairie View Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. eagerly gave their time and demonstrated their creativity this past holiday season. Our teens welcomed the Little Treasures, Prince & Princesses, and YGB45 groups to an exciting evening of fun, games, snacks, music, storytelling and more, at our annual Cocoa Hour Extravaganza. The teens organized the wonderful event, and our younger Jack and Jillers truly had a blast! This is just one of the many ways our future leaders are placing smiles on the faces of our younger Jack and Jill leaders.
Recreational / Social
North Suburban Dallas, TX south central region Cowboy hats in hand, the North Suburban Dallas Chapter kicked off the program year on September 7, 2013 with Jack & Jill Day and a tribute to Carole Robertson. The Western Roundup inspired event featured good old fashion fun for the entire family. Activities included the history of the Black Cowboy with horse show presentation, pony rides, line dancing and more. The teens led the Carol Robertson tribute and acknowledgement of the 50th Anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. The Fathers’ Auxiliary participated in a Baked Beans Contest with bragging rights to the dad with the tastiest dish. Service was also at the forefront, as guests purchased sweet treats at the teens “General Store,” with proceeds benefitting Foundation. Families also addressed the needs of children serviced by the Child Advocacy Center of Collin County by donating clothing and shoes. Great food, fellowship and service were had by all.
Ft. Lauderdale, F L
Jack and Jill Day - 50th Anniversary Launch Party. The Fort Lauderdale Chapter is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Jack and Jill Day Launch Party held at Young at Art Children’s Museum, was filled with Power and Potential. The event backdrop featured artwork from Africa and Haiti. Families enjoyed a variety of interactive activities as well as a teen step routine and an African drummer performance. The Party also had a purpose; our Chapter purchased 59 heart shadow buddies to be donated to children undergoing heart surgery. The buddies made a special appearance at Jack and Jill Day and each family signed cards providing words of encouragement to the recipients. Jack and Jill Day ended with a heartfelt Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dance that could only be surpassed by Grade Group I’s dance contest. Jack and Jill Day “launched” the beginning of our Chapter’s Golden Anniversary and an exciting Powerful Program Year.
Orlando, F L southeastern region The Orlando Chapter kicked off its programming year with our Annual Jack & Jill Day. Our families enjoyed food, fun and fellowship at YMCA Camp Wewa. We had an array of family favorites: collard greens, macaroni and cheese, and bar-bque chicken, just to name a few This year, as part of our Healthy Living initiative, we added a healthier side to the menu serving baked chicken, turkey sliders salad and vegetarian dishes. This 55-acre campsite allowed Recreational/Social activities for our kids and parents including: Archery, Canoeing, Tubing, Zip-lining, Rock-Climbing, Swimming, Booger Wars and Hamster Balls. Our Senior Teens “picnicked with a purpose” raising over $300 to benefit the Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc. from the sale baked goods and treats to the families in attendance. We moved from fun to service, as all age groups participated in a clothing drive to benefit homeless children.
Pinellas County, F L
In the fall, our Pinellas County Chapter children visited a local exercise franchise to explore entrepreneurship and a new way to exercise. After appearing on the ABC Show “Shark Tank,” the original founders of Surfset Fitness received start up funds to franchise their business. Dion and Pamela Cox invested in the franchise and brought this unique exercise to the Tampa Bay area as Surffit of Tampa LLC. Surfset fitness is all about getting away from traditional static workouts and challenging your body in new ways. The children learned about a business plan and how the business is using word of mouth marketing to help build their client base. As the children learned basic surfing moves on the board, they challenged their brains to spell simple words while holding poses. The children enjoyed “surfing” while staying dry, learning about how to start a business, and dancing with their mothers who could really show their children how to move and shake.
STE(+A)M / Education S
cience, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) have become national buzzwords! From the White House to your house, everyone is extolling the benefits of a STEAM-centered education. Why? Because a STEAM-centered education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. Innovation leads to new products and processes that sustain our economy. This is validated by the fact that the top 10 highest paid majors in 2013 are STEAM centric majors1. Now that is news our children can take all the way to the bank! Under the leadership of our National President, Tamara Turnley-Robinson, Jack and Jill has joined the conversation. Because of the vision of our National Program Director Gladys Henderson, chapters have been challenged to engage, expose, and excite children about the wonders of STEAM with the hopes of building their confidence, breaking down stereotypes, and exposing them to the many opportunities in STEAM-related careers. I am proud and excited to introduce the phenomenal STEAM programs that our chapters have created in support of our National Thrust. Prepare to be amazed!
Melissa A. Johnson South Central Region National Program Committee National Association of Colleges and Employers http://www.naceweb.org/about-us/press/engineeringdominates-top-paid-list-class-2013.aspx?land-salres-lp-1-prsrel-02142014
Johnson County, KS
In January 2014, the 9-12 age group of the Johnson County, KS chapter participated in an engineering extravaganza STEM program held on the University of MissouriKansas City campus. The program, aimed at developing interests in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, captured the attention of participants by demonstrating the art of science through lego play, air cannon works, catapult construction and much more. Through opportunities to build and construct various structures utilizing math and science skills, participants learned the academic connection with play and were introduced to careers that could fuel their passion for science and technology.
Tulsa, OK central region STE[+A]M is a movement championed by both Jack and Jill and President Obama. The goal to increase significantly the number of students who are proficient in STE[+A]M fields is shared by The Tulsa Chapter. Our programming year started with an all age group activity at Tulsa Children’s Museum Discovery Lab. The children became scientists as they experimented with safe electrical circuits in an activity called Squishy Circuits. This hands-on learning experience allowed the children to create simple circuits with clay dough. Then they were invited to create artistic sculptures with the clay bringing in the ‘art’ of STE[+A]M. Next they explored the science behind animated cartoons with the interactive exhibit ‘Animation’ featuring characters from the Cartoon Network. Later, the moms, dads and children alike enjoyed sliding down the “Tulsa Tape Tunnel”, a 30 ft tunnel made entirely of clear plastic packing tape designed by the museums resident physicist.
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Baltimore County, MD
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Baltimore County, MD Chapter and support the Jack & Jill of America’s STEM to STEAM thrust, our chapter featured a presentation from Bowie State University Professor Allissa Richardson. Richardson is a proponent of mobile journalism who has trained students in the United States and Africa to report news using only smartphones, tablets and MP3 players. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator. Prof Richardson captivated our audience, young and old, with a video demonstrating the ability of young people to touch the world with devices we carry on a daily basis. Many were motivated to spread the power of global mobile media. Our Jacks and Jills used their IPads and IPhones to take candid shots throughout the event, memorializing our historic occasion through technology. We also honored our own Dr. Camille Hammond who sheds light on infertility in the African American community and provides financial support.
Chester County, PA
Our PreK-K and 1st-3rd grade groups ventured down to our Nation’s Capital to explore the sights. We started at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of Natural History, where the children learned about dinosaurs, ocean life, and ancient Egypt. The O. Orkin Insect Zoo was a special treat, as the kids were able to observe a tarantula feeding and the brave ones held live insects in their hands. After the Museum of Natural History, we headed to the Capitol Building for a guided tour that included stops at the Rotunda and National Statuary Hall. Finally, we visited the Lincoln Memorial and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial before returning to Chester County.
Columbia, MD eastern region In October 2014, our youth participated in a STE[+a]M Project, called “HiTech” at Howard County Library. HiTech is the Howard County Library System’s STEM digital media laboratory for teenagers. It delivers cutting-edge science, technology, engineering and math education by use of hands-on video, music, game applications, and E-book projects. At HiTech, our youth built mini hovercrafts, mobile applications, and learned about Infectious Diseases, computer programming, robotics, and the Technology and Design of Fashion. HiTech is considered a launching point for the STEM career and focuses on producing the next generation of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers who are needed in the community and nationwide. photo Our youth have had the opportunity to develop STE[+a]M based skills 2 | Flickr - Photo Sharing! and have been highlighted in the local newspapers as well as in local blogs based on their HiTech Mail News Sports Finance Weather Games Groups Answers Screen Flickr Mobile participation. The Library system was awarded Innovator of the Year for Education. You Following Communities Explore Upload Home
Greater Harrisburg Area, PA
The Greater Harrisburg Area Chapter children are engaged in a year-long recycling project and fundraiser led by the teen groupTi, Future Black Leaders of America (FBLA). They are collecting glossy magazines, newspaper inserts, and soda can tabs because recycled papers are increasingly used by publishing companies and aluminum tabs are valuable as scrap metal. The materials collected will benefit the Ronald McDonald House, which provides lodging to families of hospitalized children. Our children visited it in photo 2 April 2013. To help the kids understand the value of recycling, they toured a local recycling plant. GHACJJ's photostream (654) Follow Greater Harrisburg A During the tour, they learned various uses of recycled materials. rea... Later one of our moms and our GHACJJ Teen Vice President, Lena Williams, showed everyone how to measure and tally the recyclable items Member since 2013 Post Comment Taken on October 26, 2013 photo also they will collect throughout the year. Our Jacks and Jills are learning about leadership, theThis science ofappears in Apple iPhone 4S GHAC Oct. 2013- Recycling (set) 43 Views recycling, and community service.
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Greater Hartford, C T
The Imani group (grades 3-5) discovered the history of slavery in Connecticut from enslavement of the Native Americans and Africans in the early colonial period, through the beginnings of the abolitionist movement and the Civil War. The children used historic documents and activities to explore the conditions of enslavement in the North and the South, and explored how people in Connecticut resisted and fought against slavery. This activity was held on November 16th 2013 and hosted by mother member Christine Pina.
Greater Union County, NJ eastern region Science, Technology Engineering and Math was the emphasis for the Greater Union County Chapter’s October group activities. The mothers of grade groups 1-5, also know as the Creators and the Examiners decided to focus on the science aspect of STEM. The mothers researched and decided on the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ because it offered several hands on scientific activities for the children to participate. The children viewed a simulated autopsy encouraging them to identify different body organs which they found extremely fascinating. These young children also participated in what’s called the Nipping your Noggin Brain Dissection. Each of the children had an opportunity of dissecting a sheep’s brain. The children were excited and in awe at learning and touching the different sections of the brain. What a wonderful opportunity to expose our children to such exciting learning opportunities that they consider ‘just fun” on the sciences.
Manassas-Wood bridge, VA
During the month of November the children in all age categories participated in STEM related activities. All of the excellent programming captured the specific developmental needs of the children. Our youngest went to the Curiosity zone where they were exposed to basic Earth Science vocabulary, equipment, and conduction of basic experiments. The middle-school age children participated in a program specific for the Engineering enthusiast. They were guided through the construction of basic Robots and then in turn allowed to make their own. The grand finale of this event was allowing the self-made Robots to showcase their ability. Finally our teen group spent a day learning about career fields in STEM. Further they learned how to seek STEM related college opportunities that could assist in funding college. In the afternoon they rotated through selected stations of interactive learning with the emphasis on practical application.
Mid-Hudson Valley, NY eastern region Group 4 went on the local air waves to join the Stop Bullying movement! This two-part activity began with a public speaking/oratorical essay workshop in early September. Then, on October 14, while working under the direction of a Comcast cable television studio production crew, Group 4 delivered a public service Stop Bullying announcement aimed at youth in the Mid Hudson Valley. In keeping with our national theme of Power and Potential, Group 4 stood side by side in front of the camera to show that bullying does not stand a chance in our community! After filming, our future TV executives spent time in “the control room” learning about editing, special effects, and everything else that goes on behind the camera! With a focus on STE[A]M, Group 4 collaborated together in putting their technology-based skills to work in an innovative manner for a good cause during this educational and community service activity.
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Northern Virginia, VA
All age groups of the Northern Virginia chapter of Jack & Jill presented at a Talent Show in honor of Black History month. The Tiny Tots opened the show by singing Jack & Jills and I’m a Little Tea Pot. The Triple J’s dressed in character for historians such as Harriett Tubman, Carole Robertson, Hattie McDaniel, Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, Dr. Jocelyn Elders, President Barack Obama. Each child carried a photo of the person and told important facts about their life. Intermediates created original art pieces about important historical events. Senior Teens and Junior Teens presented readings. Some were original works they plan to enter in the Jack & Jill oratory competition. Others were inspirational pieces from people such as Langston Hughes and Ida B. Wells-Barnett. We also had many exemplary solo performances. Each child who participated received an age appropriate Black History theme book to take home.
Prince William County, VA eastern region Up up and away! Prince William County VA Chapter middle schoolers spent the day exploring flight simulation, playing aviation video games, and testing out the jet cockpits at Mindstar Aviation in Leesburg, VA. As a reward for listening intently to an aerodynamics lesson, they were treated to an up-close view of a Cessna Citation and other aircraft on the tarmac. Pilots shared the vast range of career options in avionics -- from pilot to engineer to graphic designer -- and explained the close relationship between simulation software and motion picture production. The day’s highlight was meeting African American flight instructor Vena Symonette-Johnson. She shared exciting news that you can attain a pilot’s license at age 17. Participant Daniel Melbourne exclaimed, “The whole experience was awesome. The flight simulator was amazing! I forgot I wasn’t inside a real cockpit. I can’t wait to do that again.”
The Queens Chapter sponsored a three series collaborative workshop entitled, “Cyber Bullying and the Path to Model Leadership.” The workshop series was a collaborative activity with The Liberty Partnerships Program, New York City Police Department, St. John’s University, Motivational Speaker Darlene Anderson and our own Queens Mom Michele Jones. Our teens interacted with peers from the community and facilitated workshops regarding the dynamics of cyber bullying, and self-esteem. The police and guest speakers discussed real life scenarios as well as the legal consequences of cyber bullying. The series proved to be an excellent opportunity for our teens to interact with the community as well as demonstrate their leadership skills by providing useful information, sound advice while enjoying each other.
Rockland County, NY
The Rockland Orange Chapter held a “Health at Health Fair at the Mall with Rockland Orange County Pearls the Mall” which encompassed several National Programming Thrust initiatives including Leadership in action and STEM to STE(A)M. Leadership in action was manifested by the Pre-Teen and Teen age groups running our children’s corner and leading a mini mall walk for attendees.They also Learning, Screening, Fun engaged in stimulating discussions with a “Meet Tiny Tots, Kool Kids, Hot Shots, Pre-Teens, Teens and mothers all came together to the Experts” component to the Health Fair. STEM provide community service while learning and having fun with our Partners – to STEAM was manifested by the children learning Association of Black Cardiologists, American Heart Association, United about the technology of medicine and health. They Health Care, Mount Sinai Medical Center, NPE, Xenos, Drs Helen Hostin, Cleveland learned about healthy eating and living, how to Lewis and Elizabeth Johnson. Twenty six measure blood pressures and examined a skeleton. of our children, three Westchester JJ Chapter teens, Xenos teens and NPE They learned about water mechanics, how to children were present as well as sixteen mothers, three prospective mothers and generate good, clean water, about dental hygiene and the Westchester President and Senior Teen Advisor. what happens when first responders show up to an emergency scene. Community service was provided to shoppers with screening, education, physical activity to Pharrell’s “Happy” and Hula Hooping. All chapter age groups were involved, they met Dr. Healthy E Hound mascot from United Health Care. Our national partners, the Association of Black Cardiologists and the American Heart Association collaborated. We were joined by members of our sister chapters Westchester and Bergen Counties.
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Las Vegas, NV far west region The Las Vegas Chapter participated in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on January 20, 2014. The theme of the parade was “Living the Dream: Dream with a Vision; Live with a Purpose”. The event took place in downtown Las Vegas. The group spent the day before preparing for the event by decorating a truck for the parade and making sure it represented the theme. The Las Vegas Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. also provided a Day of Service by collecting donated baby items for a family who generously (and unexpectedly) accepted a newborn baby into their lives. The parade activity was the educational activity for the teen group (Eagles) and all groups were invited and were represented.
North County San Diego, VA
far west region
Our Third through eighth graders had the awesome opportunity to explore the fascinating lives of ocean animals and other interesting natural phenomenon. Our kids saw exciting demonstrations, live animals and engaged in fun activities related to ocean life.
Pasadena, CA far west region On August 23-25, the Pasadena teens attended a retreat at Camp Pali in the breathtaking mountains of Running Springs, California. This event provided leadership development and an opportunity to welcome the new Group V teens. The weekend was full of activities. They tried their hand at archery and several teens proved to be sharp shooters! Ziplining was enjoyed by all and allowed them to face their fears. The group made s’mores and learned how to build a campfire. Five financial and leadership modules were presented including credit, character, communication, vision and risk taking. Time was devoted to preparation for the Legislative Summit. The new Mentoring Program was introduced to the teens. The concept of the program is to allow upperclassmen to gain additional leadership skills while helping the new teens to make a smooth transition into Group V. It was a wonderful way to start the club year.
P hoenix, AZ
far west region
The Phoenix Chapter 6th-8th grade group, “Guys and Dolls”, enjoyed an informative and entertaining activity related to STE[+A]M (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math) this January. The group met at the Arizona Science Center in downtown Phoenix for a delightful discussion with one of our own Dads, Tyrone Benson, PhD who is an Electrical Engineering manager with Intel. He shared with the children how he discovered his passion while studying at Georgia Tech and the University of Michigan. He demonstrated how STEM applies to our everyday lives and will shape the future. The group learned about human-like robots that are being developed. Some participants were able to try on a full protective gear suit (picture)! The discussion was followed by an IMAX Theatre 3D showing of “The Last Reef: Cities Beneath the Sea”. After a full day of activities, everyone enjoyed socializing over a delicious meal at Humble Pie.
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San Jose, CA far west region Group 4 in the San Jose, CA Chapter kicked off its program year with a spectacular event—a career day. Held at a local community college, pre-teen and teenage Jack & Jillers were exposed to a variety of careers, which purported to educate them on their many options post college. Hosting mothers recruited a list of successful professionals (many of whom where Jack & Jill parents) to serve on a panel, which included: a former Hewitt Packard marketing professional, a local pediatrician, a Sr.VP at Wells Fargo commercial bank, the Chairman of HDMI Forum and corporate attorney, a Sr. Lockheed Martin Information Technology manager, CEOs/Entrepreneurs for educational and dry cleaning services, a NASA Specialist and a former Google & Apple software engineer/financial analyst. The format of the activity was a “speed dating” process, whereby two panelists gathered with a group of five or six children. The children had an opportunity to receive the panelists’ vast knowledge and experience, and ask questions about careers or paths to success. After about 20 minutes, the children rotated to the next set of panelists. There were a total of about five rotations that allowed the children to speak with multiple panelists within an hour and a half timeframe. At the end of the event, panelists returned to the front of the room and shared their parting words of advice with the children.
far west region
In the early ‘60’s, the newly discovered laser was known as the “solution without a problem.” Tri-Valley’s Group IV boys and girls recently discovered for themselves how in the 21st century, we can hardly imagine life without them. They attended an educational session on Full Spectrum Laser Light at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. This opportunity met our chapter’s programming efforts to provide stimulating STE(A)M-based activities for our children. A presenter introduced them to the basic concept and history of lasers. The group learned how lasers are made and of the varied and different ways in which they are used in our daily lives, from DVD players to medical surgeries, manufacturing, military and law enforcement applications and even cosmetic skin treatments. After this enlightening presentation, the boys and girls explored the many other interactive exhibits within the museum and all concluded that “Science is cool!” SCOPE 2014
Tucson, AZ far west region The Tucson Chapter started the year with a STE[+a]M-focused Jack and Jill day and remembrance of Carole Robertson on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Birmingham, Alabama church bombing. Our teen chapter welcomed us with a brief introduction of the history of Jack and Jill Day and Carole Robertson. We concluded our opening ceremony with a reading of the poem “To Carole Robertson” and a moment of silence. After lunch, the children/ teens met with STEAM professionals who: 1) discussed science/mathematical applications in the workplace and the importance of doing well in these academic subjects, 2) explored science/technology through a hands-on demonstration of model airplanes intricacies followed by a live demonstration outside, 3) gave a presentation on Engineering, Electronics and Music, and 4) taught them a choreographed dance (instruction by UofArizona Fine Arts students). After this experience, our children/teens better understand how they can become STE[+a]M professionals someday.
Gastonia Piedmont, NC
The Gastonia Piedmont chapter took a tour of the Kings Clinic and Urgent Care Center in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. The children learned the educational requirements to become a physician from several physicians in our chapter. The children were engaged during the question and answer session and received prizes when they answered questions correctly. We were pleased to have five physicians from our chapter attend the event. The Gastonia Piedmont physicians explained to the children the educational requirements they had to attain to become a physician. They also explained the science and technology involved in the medical field. The physicians concluded with encouraging words of wisdom to each one of the children. After the event the children ate healthy snacks provided by the host moms.
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Queen City, NC mid-atlantic region Our Queen City youth unleashed their inner explorer and creator by participating in our chapter wide inaugural STEAM Day on November 8, 2013. Kids of all ages explored science in new ways, experienced technology in different applications, engaged in engineering activities, and embraced the fun in mathematics. The teens learned about STEAM careers from community members who discussed opportunities, expectations, rewards and skills associated with a STEAM career. Student activities ranged from programming robots, building with Lego’s, magnifying objects with digital microscopes, graphing intricate designs, and using green screens to explore the digital arts. These activities were provided through a partnership with Computer Explorers Charlotte, a business dedicated to having children reach their full potential by integrating technology into education. The finale of the day was a highly interactive chemistry presentation by a UNC professor. The day was a success with all STEAM exercises geared toward the fun side of learning.
Circle City, IN
In October the Circle City 3rd - 5th graders partnered with our Teens for an intergenerational fall hay ride & bon fire, with practical educational tips for using technology wisely. Our youth got a lesson on best practices while exploring online and understanding how to manage what you share. They were urged to provide parents with passwords, WATCH OUT for unknown requests, LIMIT the information you share and KNOW information is kept online even when you delete. The Teens learned there is a way to be intentional about having fun and maintaining personal values. They explored personal brand management while evaluating the digital footprint that the university, scholarship and employment world will see. In addition the Carole Robertson poster prepared by our Teens in honor of Carole Robertson Day was displayed for 3rd - 5th grade students as part of the rotating Q & A experience.
Minneapolis, MN mid-western region Who said science isn’t fun? Not the preteens from the Minneapolis Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Hosting this event for the second year, Dr. Scott, a food scientist at General Mills, talked about his educational background and the day in the life of a food scientist. He then opened the floor for questions and conversation about careers in the field of science. After questions, each preteen received an individual science kit to perform their own experiments. The preteens created two products - safe but effective dish washing detergent and an exfoliant oil for “when you’re feeling ashy.” This interactive activity, not only provided hands-on science lessons, but also helped with engagement and instilled confidence that they could create something useful and that was really easy to understand and do! The pre-teens left the activity armed with their products to share with their families.
Oakland County, MI
Embracing our National “STE[a]M” Program Thrust, Oakland County has been diligent in our efforts to present this particular thrust to our children. On January 11, 2014, groups grades 3-8 participated in a joint programming activity at the Detroit Zoo that focused on our STE[a]M goals. Age appropriate tasks were assigned, and each child was eager and excited about the “Polar Bear” Exhibit, where they learned about animal adaptions and engineering; collaboratively designing habitats based on their observations of the different animal’s needs. From a technology standpoint, the children observed and had extensive discussion about the life support system required for the “Arctic Ring of Life” Exhibit. This was not only a fun-filled day of learning for our children, it also allowed them the opportunity to complete their required JMB modules, while enabling Oakland County to make history with the number of children completing these modules within a program year.
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Austin, TX south central region In celebration of Black History month tweens have an opportunity to participate in an iYouth Oral History Digital Storytelling workshop with Channel Austin, which will allow them to record their oral history on camera in a live television studio. The children will have a full afternoon to experience a working television studio! The agenda for the day includes a tour of a working television studio; learning how to interview; learning how to digitally record their stories using state of the art television and movie production equipment; recording their stories live on set in front of cameras; and digitally editing their footage into a 1-3 minute keepsake DVD. The program also includes an optional Citizen Reporter training using Smartdevice technology. We are excited about this wonderful opportunity to provide the children with skills that will allow them to interview friends and family in the spirit of preserving our history.
Clear Lake / Bay Area, TX
south central region
For the “STEM to STEAM” initiative, the Clear Lake Bay Area Chapter held a joint activity in January 2014 with the Rockers (Grades 4-5) and Space City Jets (Grades 6-8) at the Museum of Natural Science in Houston, TX. The youth were enlightened by Mr. David Green who conducted a lesson on electricity. Mr. Green gave a brief lecture on what is electricity and the different ways we use electricity on a daily basis. They experimented with several items that produced electricity. The Clear Lake Bay Area Chapter will be participating in Engineers week in February 2014, where we will host activities with a focus on STE(+a)M -Science, Technology, Engineering, [Arts] & Math career fields at LaMarque Intermediate School. In April 2014, the Clear Lake Bay Area Chapter will host the Children’s Cluster for the Houston area. This year’s Theme is “Building Self e-STEAM”.
Northeast Dallas, TX south central region With an emphasis and focus on STE[+a] M activities, the Northeast Dallas 2nd – 5th grade children toured the Baylor Institute for Immunology Research in Dallas, where they had the opportunity to learn where and how vaccines are manufactured. They also explored the labs where immunology research occurs. The children participated in hands-on exploration where they used the microscope to view several culture plates of different microorganisms. Our children left with general knowledge of the immune system and the process used to develop and manufacture vaccinations. Dressed in lab coats as our future scientists, researchers and doctors, they attended an age-appropriate lecture, prior to the tour, which focused on safety rules in the laboratory, the three steps of effective research and how these steps are used in everyday life – investigate, explore and study. Most importantly, the children learned that through research, they help others by offering hope, healing and cures for disease.
South Belt Houston, TX
south central region
In January, the South Belt Houston Chapter children explored rich activities to encourage STEAMrelated learning. The Vision Keepers (age 2 to kindergarten) met African-American author H. Ferebee Shephard who read and signed copies of his children’s book – Jonathan and Roscoe. Each child received a copy of the book and queried Shephard about the art of writing and illustrating a book. The Champs (grades 1-3) spent the morning at the Houston Museum of Natural Science – Sugar Land in a workshop – Let’s Dissect! – during which they dissected a grasshopper to understand its anatomy and how the critter hops around. The Dreamers (grades 4-5) witnessed and participated in science in action with fun, hand-on, mind-challenging STEM experiment stations. The Young Achievers (grades 6-8) visited the George Observatory to take a virtual mission to the moon, and the TOPS (Teens Organized to Promote Society) enjoyed a fascinating tour of a nearby oil rig.
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The Woodlands, TX south central region The Woodlands Chapter celebrated Jack and Jill Day with festivities that included a commemorative ceremony honoring Carol Robertson at Villa Sports Club and Spa in The Woodlands, Texas. In conjunction with the theme “STE[A]M” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), children’s activities included: science, engineering, Zumbacise, an obstacle course and the creation of an art collage in memory of Trayvon Martin for the Trayvon Martin Foundation. Simultaneously, the Essence Teens attended Jackie Moore Bowles module workshops and parents attended an educational panel with secondary and post-secondary educators. The panel allowed parents and educators to address concerns that impact African-American children. The program concluded with a children-led commemorative ceremony in memory of Carol Robertson. Eight-year-old chapter member Kendall Cooper, dressed as an angel, acted out a historical monologue of Carol Robertson’s life.
February 2014: The Augusta, Georgia Chapter coordinated a trip for all age groups to Tuskegee, Alabama. Many of our parents/grandparents were also able to embark on this most prestigious Chapter STEM adventure too. For our “2nd Annual STEM Workshop” we included an HBCU as a focus. The Chapter had the honor of viewing the newest expansion, Hangar 2, as well as a public ribbon cutting and unveiling at Moton Field Historic Gate. We were also able to meet one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, as well as the current Mayor. Our Chapter participated in private airplane rides and various toddler friendly activities too. Dinner was coordinated at the Kellogg Center with a special guest speaker, State Representative Pebblin Warren. We toured the Tuskegee University campus; coordinated special workshops for our chapter at the Chappie James Center which included creating model airplanes, flying them via a simulator, and other STEM activities.
East Suburban Atlanta, GA southeastern region The East Suburban Atlanta Chapter joined forces with Atlanta Community Food Bank for a day of Service in January 2014 at the North Dekalb Garden in Tucker, Georgia. Members of the chapter and our 2014 Beautillion participants braved the cold. Our morning began by receiving an overview of services provided to needy families. The purpose of the Garden is to provide food for refugee families in the community. Families are given a chance to grow their own so an adequate supply can be provided to families during transition. We received education in numerous ways regarding gardening. Teams were formed and given various tasks. We learned about various tools necessary to cultivate the land, clearing land of debris that would hinder growth for seeding and tilling, bagging leaves for mulching, and inventorying all tools on the property. Not only was this a humbling experience, but a true lesson in team work.
Fayette County Area, GA
The Fayette County Area Chapter received a grant which benefits the youth of “Grandparents & Kin Raising Children” by raising their cultural awareness, self-pride and knowledge of STE[+A]M career paths through workshops conducted by chapter members who are professional educators. In January, 50 children attended a workshop demonstrating how to identify and mimic the leadership qualities of Black leaders in government, science and civil rights. Pre and post questionnaires were given to measure how well each child learned the information. Posters illustrating Black leaders were also made which they carried while participating with our chapter in the NAACP MLK Parade the following week. In April, our Father’s Auxiliary will teach the kids about the importance of health, good nutrition and physical fitness and attending a Braves baseball game.
STE(+A)M / Education
Greater Huntsville, AL southeastern region The Greater Huntsville Chapter observed Jack and Jill & Carol Robertson Days with an old fashioned cook out. The tribute to Carol Robertson included a reading of information about Carol’s life and the releasing of balloons in her memory. The participants used their collective creativity to put our National Jack and Jill Song to music of several genres like Rap, Cheer, Opera and military cadence. This activity was rewarding for the entire chapter providing team building and helping to teach our National song. Greater Huntsville’s Grades 6-8 STE[+A]M activity was “Float Your Boat”. The children were assigned to design teams where they used their materials to design a boat. They learned about weight and balance and the center of gravity using common materials such as water bottles, milk cartons and ziplock bags. Each team presented their designs and then they were off to the races!
Greater North Atlanta, GA
The Greater North Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., in partnership with the National Black Arts Festival (NBAF), proudly presented a Charitable Holiday Tribute featuring the Daraja Children’s Choir from Uganda performing an array of melodic selections and the Ballethnic Dance Company performing excerpts from The Urban Nutcracker. The event highlighted international film as well as visual and performing arts. A special children’s holiday buffet, family portraits, silent auction and holiday-themed crafts for the children to enjoy were also provided. In addition, the event highlighted the award-winning NBAF’s First Glance Teen Short Film created by GNAC Teen Devon Merlette, who was honored during the event. The Daraja Choir, Morehouse College - Office of Allied Health Science, and the Jack and Jill Foundation, Inc. were all charitable recipients of proceeds from the event.
Jackson, MS southeastern region The Jackson MS Chapter’s Jack and Jill Family Day focused on STE[+a]M. Jack and Jill Day was held at Smith Roberts Museum in downtown Jackson. The children ages 11-19 were exposed to art as poetry. The children created their own poems and read their poems aloud to the chapter. The children ages 2-10 listened to a brief lecture by an artisan who explained to the children that surgery, graphic design, and architecture are all just a few professions that require art and the use of one’s hands. The children created a poster with the Jackson chapter theme, Helping Hand ~Caring Hearts, with their handprints. The children were exposed to art in the form of spoken word, art created by one’s hands, and art in motion. Art was explained to the children as a form of creativity, expression, and a component of science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
The Montgomery Chapter Jr. Teens &Teens met on the Campus of Auburn University Montgomery with a Mathematics Professor who serves on the Speakers Bureau. Participants of the Bureau provide information and lectures to interested students in the community concerning their particular field of interest and research. Dr.Luis Cueva-Parr, a trained Mathematician and Mechanical Industrial Engineer, presented information and introduced the concept of Cellular Automata. This complex subject was demonstrated with basic terminology. He explained the concept of cells or individual units, that when dictated by a mathematical RULE, would produce patterns when repeated over and over again. Lastly, the concept of Supercomputing was discussed. They were introduced to maps of Supercomputer stations in the US and the world and they were delighted to hear about the TITAN SUPERCOMPUTER located in nearby Tennessee.
STE(+A)M / Education
Pensacola, F L southeastern region Bullying: The Past, Present, and Future. The Pensacola Chapter held a bullying seminar for our button and bows on Saturday, January 25, 2014, 11am â€“ 1:00pm at the West Florida Library, located in historic downtown Pensacola. This event was a success. The children learned about the different types of bullying, signs of bullying and the affects it has on your grades as well as relationships with your family and friends. They learned how bullying was demonstrated during the civil rights movement. Each child developed an antibullying folder. Some children shared their own stories of bullying. Some were bullied in the past and others described ways how they intervened in some bullying situations. The event concluded with a thirty minute video on bullying and sharing time among the children. Bullying is always one of those subjects that resurface throughout our community and schools. So many children are affected by this abuse.
Williamson County, TN
Mothers Lynne Moore and Eboni Oputa filled the halls of New Hope Academy with more than holiday cheer for the Williamson County Chapter families with a S T E [+A] Ming Hot Christmas. The children and teens enjoyed the science of steam at the hot chocolate buffet, the technology of the Geomag product with magnetic rods and steel spheres, engineering through Legoland, art station with handcrafted maracas, and understanding the mathematic concepts of baking delicious Christmas cookies. The annual Christmas celebration was not complete until the families enjoyed a delicious dinner followed by singing Christmas carols and playing holiday games. Christmas has always been a special time for the chapter. It is a time for the families to extend love to one another and cherish their time together. This tradition is part of the chapterâ€™s legacy.
checking in with the
By Melanie Johnson, Eastern Region Associate Chair
t all started with emails and text messages – an invitation to come have dinner with a total stranger. Not quite a total stranger there was an immediate connection to the woman reaching out to them: Jack and Jill of America, Inc. An impromptu dinner for whoever happened to be available led to new friendships among Jack and Jill alumni attending Howard University in Washington DC, including Audra Bell, Jaylyn Harris, Jordan Wilson, Kelsey Franklin, Kristin Overton, Noble Batson and Simone Sherard -- and Washington DC Ass o ci ate /L i fe Member Beverly Branton Lamberson.
and Leigh Adams Slaughter (DC Associate) also signed on to MAFH. They’ve supported Beverly by offering financial support and participating when they can. As Easter arrived, Mama Bev extended an invitation to the students to join her for church and/or for dinner --- she was delighted when all opted to do both. The minister had the Howard U students stand so they received a warm welcome from the entire church – and current active DC J&J mom, Rhonda Davis Smith, sought them out to personally welcome them and have a special J&J moment.
March 2013 Jack and Jill Howard University students had a As the school That first dinner great time at the home of Washington DC Associate/Life Mem- year ended, ber and Mother Away from Home Beverly Branton Lamberson. included all five L-R: Jaylyn Harris, Audra Bell, Beverly Branton Lamberson, Beverly, with students identi- Kelsey Franklin, Noble Batson, Kristin Overton & Jordan Wilson. help from Trian fied through Jack and Leigh, prepared ‘final exam survival and Jill’s wonderful Mother-Away-From- kits’, a package including snacks and a bottle Home (MAFH) program plus one other JJ of “Smart Water”. (And by now, a seventh alumni who heard about the dinner and student had joined the family.) It was an called to ask if she could come. By the end understandably busy time but three students of the first gathering, the students had de- made it to that final dinner of the 2012-2013 cided to refer to Mrs. Lamberson as “Mama school year. Mama Bev and those students Bev”. Two other moms, Trian Johnson Sana delivered the kits to everyone else. (both Life Member and still active DC mom)
The connections continue -- a couple of the student’s parents have reached out to Mama Bev; and Audra and her mom took Mama Bev to dinner. Over the summer, Mama Bev’s daughter, Erica, who attends Spelman, met one of the students in person – they had already begun communicating by text during Spring break --- when they all went to church and brunch. For 2013-2014, the family has expanded to include Remy Marshall, Lauren Gunn, and Phoenix Williamson along with all the ones
from last year. (Even if a student isn’t in DC for the semester, he or she stays in touch periodically with Mama Bev by text.) Mama Bev considers herself blessed to participate in Jack and Jill’s wonderful MAFH program and looks forward to being actively involved with her growing JJ HU family. Some of their other anticipated activities include going to the Smithsonian museums and zoo as well as jazz night at a church.
May 2013 Final Exam Survival Kits for Howard U Students
May 2013 Top: JJ alumni and HU students Kristen Overton, Simone Sherard and Jaylyn Harris Bottom: Mothers-Away-From-Home DC Beverly Branton Lamberson and Trian Johnson Sana
We do Great Things for Kids:
An Update from Your Foundation
Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Incorporated believes that leaders are made, not born. The Foundation supports programs that not only create opportunities and challenges for children to learn and practice leadership skills, but also build leadership character in youth. The ultimate goal of every Foundation grant dollar is to empower young people to make the right life choices. Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Incorporated has
INDEPENDENT GRANTS UP T0 $5,000
Big Brothers Big sisters of Colorado, Inc. Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Mentoring, Denver, CO African American Teen Male Success Strategies Project, A Better Way, Trenton, NJ Aces and Academics Leadership, Tutoring and Tennis Program Aces & Academics of New Haven, Inc., New Haven, CT Academic and Healthy Lifestyles Enrichment Project Bergen-Passaic Chapter, Paterson, NJ Empowerment Circle Black Girls Rock, Brooklyn, NY Jack and Jill Leadership Project J&J Westchester Chapter, New Rochelle, NY
a tradition of putting young people first. Through its five grant programs, the Foundation makes an impact on shaping tomorrow’s leaders. The Foundation awards grants to community initiatives, Jack and Jill of America local chapter service projects, and non-profit agencies serving children. Preparing succeeding generations of young people as leaders, in all walks of life, is central to the Foundation’s grant making philosophy.
STEM Afterschool Program Friends of American Engineering and Science, Sicklerville, NJ Hope Conference 2013 Generation Hope, Washington, DC IHN Youth Leadership Project Interfaith Hospitality Network for the Homeless of Essex County Inc., Montclair, NJ Youth Growth and Student Council Initiatives Isles, Inc., Trenton, NJ Harlem Jets Little League Baseball Program Harlem Jets, Inc., New York, NY LEAP On Stage Learning Through Expanded Arts Program, New York, NY Education Seminar J&J Metropolitan Chapter, New York, NY
We do Great Things for Kids
Building on our Foundation’s strong history , solid mission and the dynamic programs that have provided countless opportunities for children to learn and practice leadership skills the 2011-2013 Foundation Members-at- Large have identified a theme that embodies the philosophy of Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Incorporated
J Slavery in our Midst: A student abolitionist movement J&J Montgomery County MD Chapter, Silver Spring, MD Leadership, Exploration, Awareness, Development)LEAD Morry’s Camp/Project Morry, Elmsford, NY Power & Potential: Tools to lead and Succeed J&J Nassau County Chapter, Freeport, NY SSYC-TRC: Leadership Skills and Development Second Street Youth Center Foundation, Inc., Plainfield, NJ Black Achiever-Healthy Living J&J New Castle County Chapter, Wilmington, DE Leadership Foundation Curriculum Parent-Child Home Program Inc., Garden City, NY
Dancing with the JJ Stars J&J Dallas Chapter, Duncanville, TX North Texas Kids Science Festival J&J Greater Frisco Chapter Inc., Frisco, TX R.E.A.L Boys R.E.A.L Men J &J Albany Chapter, Albany, GA Budding Artist Association Bossier Arts Counsel, Bossier City, LA Project Achieve J&J Memphis Chapter, Memphis, TN Joining Artists and Music in Schools (JAMS) Birmingham Chapter of Links Inc., Birmingham, AL Young Leaders of Environmental Stewardship, Youth Development Foundation of Pinellas County, St. Petersburg, FL
SEED’s of Leadership UIH Family Partners, Trenton, NJ
JACQUELINE ROBINSON GRANTS
Seattle Leader Week The Alexander Hamilton Friends Assc., Seattle, WA
Foundation for Success J&J Essex Hudson Chapter, South Orange, NJ
Camp Cinderella Hershe Group Foundation Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Sea Perch: Building STEM Leadership for the 21st Century J&J Loudon County Chapter, Potomac Mills, VA
Cultivating Achievement and Success Through Music (CASM) Project MuszEd, North Hollywood,CA Tweens for Success HL McCrory YMCA, Charlotte, NC Youth Leadership Institution Children’s Outing Association, Milwaukee, WI Near Peer Mentor Program Dream Associates Inc., Lake Bluff, IL Fit for Life J&J Cincinatti Chapter, Westchester, OH
UP TO $3,000
Math, Science & Cooking (MS&C) Project J&J Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter, Peekskill, NY Project Legacy: Defining our Youth Ambassadors and their Indelible Footprint on Society J&J Montgomery County Chapter, Silver Spring, MD Developing Citizens of the World J&J Northern Virginia Chapter, Alexandria, VA Color Me Healthy J&J Prince George’s County Chapter, Bowie, MD
Next Connection Kaleidoscope Inc., Chicago, IL
Exposed: Cyber Bullying and the Path to Model leadership J&J Queens Chapter, Jamaica, NY
Just US YWCA Southeast Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Digital Divide: The Arts and Science Leadership J&J Queens Chapter, Jamaica, NY
AAMBHF360 Academic Achievement and Leadership Program African American Youth Harvest Foundation, Austin, TX
A Few Good Men J&J South Jersey Chapter, Voorhees, NJ
Think Like a Scientist J&J Long Beach Chapter, Long Beach, CA Jack & Jill Pasadena Knowledge J&J Pasadena Chapter, Pasadena, CA Traveling Bilingual Storytime J&J San Fernando Chapter, Westlake Village, CA Young Ambassodors Leadership Academy J&J San Fernando Chapter, Tarzana, CA Healthy By Choice J&J Santa Clarita/Antelope Valley Chapter, Santa Clarita, CA
Cinematique Outreach: Fostering Connection and Community J&J Seattle Chapter, Bellevue, WA Feet First Fun Run/ 5K J&J Charleston Chapter, Mt. Pleasant, SC Empowering Youth for Success with Proper Protocol” J&J Durham Chapter, Durham, NC Leading Out Loud J&J Winston-Salem Chapter, Winston-Salem, NC Kaleidoscope Find Your Future J&J Chicago Chapter, Chicago, IL
Leadership Academy: Developing Leaders for 21st Century J&J Youngstown Chapter, Youngstown, OH
E.L.I.T.E (Empowering Leaders Intellectually to Excel) J&J Greater Huntsville Chapter, Madison, AL
Indianapolis Beautillion militaire Program J&J Indianapolis Chapter, Indianapolis, IN
American Black & Classic: A Black History Anthology J&J Memphis Chapter, Memphis, TN
Lessons in Leadership Basics: Preparing for Tomorrow’s Leaders Today” J&J Austin Chapter, Austin, TX Engineering Week at Simms Elementary J&J Clear Lake/Bay Area Chapter, Houston, TX Children Helping “Children’s” (Children Medical Center) J&J Dallas Chapter, Duncanville, TX
STEM + Health Science Student Outreach J&J Greater North Atlantic Chapter, Lawrenceville, GA Let’s Work, Let’s Play, Let’s Live Together J&J Mississippi Chapter, Jackson, MS Food, Fitness, and Fun-Part II J&J Orlando Chapter, Orlando, FL
The Art of Leadership J&J Greater Frisco Chapter, Frisco, TX
East Surburban Atlanta Chapter Beautillion J&J Suburban Atlanta Chapter, Conyers, GA
Jiggy J&J Southwest Suburban Dallas Chapter, Cedar Hill, TX
VIOLET D. GREER GRANTS
Civil Rights Journey J&J Atlanta Chapter, Atlanta, GA
Go Strong Olympics: A unity project J&J Montgomery County Chapter, Bethesda, MD
Grandparents & Kin Raising Children J&J Fayette County Area Chapter, Peachtree City, GA
Teen PHITT Kids J&J Sacramento Chapter, Elk Grove, CA
UP TO $2,500
Youth Leadership Summit J&J Southwest Suburban Dallas Chapter, Duncanville, TX
Reports from the
Members-at-Large Central Region Elsie Jackson
them and how to live a healthier life. The Teens incorporated samples of various healthy snacks and the children discovered eating healthy can be tasty. The children participated in story time where the Teens read a variety of books focused on positive images and self esteem and lead the children in a self esteem activity titled â€œWhat I like about meâ€?.
he objective for the service project was to educate youth ages 6-12 on healthy eating choices, consistent exercise and self esteem. The Jack and Jill teens partnered with the local Baptist Health Hospital Outreach team and offered fun activities for the summer youth campers at Dunbar Community Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Teens lead the children in a series of fun activities such as bingo, trivia, mini-exercise and dance session to emphasize the importance of cardio strengthening exercise. The children were also taught what foods are healthier for
The Dunbar Community Center first opened its doors in 1954, as a recreational center for Blacks in the community. The Greater Little Rock chapter has been an integral part of this center by hosting fundraisers at the center, including our annual Breakfast with Santa fundraiser. The event is targeted to kids in the community and Dunbar has been a great partner in our effort to provide a fun event for members in the community. In addition, several Jack and Jill kids have participated in their summer and after-school activities. The local chapter has a long term commitment to Dunbar Community Center and will continue to support programs that encourage healthy living and eating.
Eastern Region Danielle Brown
Chester County Loose Change Jar was designed and created by Jared Bethea, Teen Foundation Chair. He designed a piggy bank jar for each age group in his chapter
his year has been filled with some remarkable service projects from designing and making loose change piggy banks; ensuring collections of food and meals were given to the hungry; to the January Leadership Conference where the teens made bears for a camp for children with sickle cell anemia. The East is rocking to service!
The Atlantic City Chapter of Jack & Jill of America piggy bank was designed by Ruby Washington (15 a member of the teen group). The photos were taken on Saturday, December 7th at the chapter’s Annual Holiday Party held at the Harbor Pines Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. At this party, the chapter also collected over 400 pounds of food as part of the Community Service component of the event The Eastern Regional Annual Leadership conference was held Saturday, February 22, 2014.
Manassas Woodbridge Chapter Foundation’s Loose Change kick off was held on January 17, 2014. Their lovely children created and designed piggy banks. The children in the photo are: Evan Johnson (7) and Brandon McIntosh (9). Both are members of the chapter’s Beacon Group.
Part of the day was devoted to a community service project. It was planned by Akira Johnson, Eastern Regional Community Service Chair and implemented by Tarik Thompson, Eastern Regional Teen Foundation Chair. Over 180 teens participated to ensure children with sickle cell anemia received a bear. In October 2013, The Montgomery County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. helped to contribute to 26,510 lbs of food. They collected 1,808 lbs and volunteered 50 hours for 50 meals = 4,308 Meals! On January 20, 2014, with the leadership of the co-chairs Rhonda Crowder & Lauren Wilson, the New Castle County Chapter of Jack and Jill packed and delivered 450 Operation Hope Totes of toiletries and snacks for the homeless.
Far West Region Vara Allen Jones
ear after year, the Fabulous Far West Region mothers and teens provide hundreds of hours of outreach to the various communities where they live and serve. This year several chapters in our region successfully secured grants to provide educational, leadership, STEM+A, and health related programs. The Long Beach, Pasadena, San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita/ Antelope Valley, San Fernando, Sacramento and Seattle chapters are commended for their exemplary volunteerism and grant supported service to their communities. This year, the Seattle Chapter hosted Cinematique Outreach: Fostering Connection and Community. According to the Seattle chapter, “Our goal is to support Treehouse in their bold efforts to raise high school graduation rates of Treehouse kids to rival that of other kids by 2017. This event provided an opportunity for chapter mothers and teens to connect with Treehouse families through cinema, expose them to educational resources and information, and have a lot of fun in the process”.
This activity served over 140 youth who are currently in the Seattle foster care system. Treehouse, a Seattle nonprofit, seeks to restore confidence and self-esteem to children in foster care, as well as abused and neglected children. The Seattle chapter reserved two Cinemark theatres during the release of two youth focused box office hits. The chapter also facilitated connections with local university and community college representatives. The Treehouse family members who participated in Cinematique received gifts from community partners (Boeing, Starbucks, Macy’s, American Bar Association, etc). The Tacoma chapter and the Portland Provisional chapter members also participated in event which further enhanced the experience. This event provided an outlet for foster families to spend time together for a day of fun while receiving support and encouragement from the Jack and Jill, Seattle Chapter. “This event is what community service and servant leadership is all about”.
Mid-Atlantic Region Tonya Green
he MARvelous Mid-Atlantic Region is impacting tomorrow’s leaders by Building Unity , Inspiring Leadership Development. Our 2013 Jacqueline Robinson grant recipients are dedicated to this vision and have put much energy into planning outstanding programs. The Durham Chapter will partner with Yo! Durham to provide an etiquette and protocol workshop designed to enhance the leadership development and personal and professional growth of 15-17 year old students. Classes will include social and table etiquette and personal branding to ensure that as they enter the workforce, our youth will understand social graces, how to interview, to dine with company leaders and market themselves effectively. The Hampton Chapter will provide resources to equip students with the tools necessary to improve SAT performance. The chapter will offer three sessions with a professional trainer, focused on test-taking techniques, timesaving methods, and logical reasoning. Receiving the Jacqueline Robinson grant has helped this
chapter support local high school students move one step closer to attending college. The Winston Salem Chapter’s Leading Out Loud initiative is designed to focus on youth leadership development. The chapter will partner with several local organizations to identify students who will benefit most from this program. In March 2014, the children will meet at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum to learn about leadership during the Civil Rights era. Afterwards, the children will visit the Center for Creative Leadership to focus on self-leadership development. The Charleston Chapter’s Feet First 5K run strives to introduce and encourage children to focus on exercise and healthy living. The family friendly event is an excellent opportunity for children to focus on setting goals as they strive to complete the course. We look forward to each of these programs supporting the Foundation’s strategie for Building Tomorrow’s Leaders by emphasizing listening, learning, thinking and problemsolving.
Mid-Western Region Tanya Hand
he Mighty Mid-Western Region Teen Leadership Conference was held at the University of Akron this year, and it was a great success. The Mighty Midwestern Press states that “nearly 600 Jack and Jill teens, mothers, and fathers spent Thursday morning serving.” Participants were divided into eight service groups: In partnership with Westfield Insurance, The Lucille Hadley grant from the Jack and Jill of America Foundation, and the funds raised by teens to support their own Spare Change! Campaign, the teens of the Mighty MidWestern region were able to not only leave a legacy of service but they were also able to leave a very significant monetary contribution demonstrating the philanthropic spirit of Jack and Jill of America. A gift of $5000 as bestowed to each The Boys and Girls Club and YEPAW. This $10,000 contribution is record-setting for the Mighty Mid-Western Region Teens!!
The fall Mothers’ Workday Clusters hosted by Windy City Chapter, Greater Grand Rapids and Greater Lansing Chapters, gave both mother members and teens an opportunity to support the host chapter’s community service projects. The Windy City Chapter collaboration with Children’s Place ensured that families with critically ill children would have access to a children’s library. In addition to collecting over 500 books the organization was also gifted a check in the amount of $1,500. The philanthropic efforts of the Greater Grand Rapids and Greater Lansing Chapters yielded a bounty of new hats gloves and scarves to be distributed to the youth of each city’s Boys and Girls Clubs and a donation of $3,000.
South Central Region Diedra Fontaine
than one hundred students presented science experiments. One of the highlights of the festival is to provide exposure to various professions in the field of science. This project supports the STEM initiative, ensuring our youth are prepared to excel in science, technology and engineering.
he Sensational South Central Region continues to exemplify the Jack and Jill of America Foundation theme: “We Do Great Things for Kids” in communities where we live, work and play. Several of our chapters partnered with community organizations to fulfill the goals and requirements of being awarded Jack and Jill of America Foundation Independent grants to support the development our youth. The Austin Chapter provided guidance to the African America Youth Harvest Foundation, which developed the 360 Academic Achievement and Leadership Program. This program assists in preparing 4th – 8th grade African America boys to become leaders in their schools, homes and communities. The program benefits include increased male mentoring to counteract the negative images of African American male youth and encouragement to excel in educational endeavors. The students work collaboratively with their families, educators, volunteers, peer and program staff in small learning groups.
The Youth Leadership Summit co-hosted by the Southwest Suburban Dallas Chapter and Gateway Charter Academy, is an all day event attracting over one hundred youth. The youth participated in leadership development, financial literacy, service and sacrifice workshops. Corporate professionals, community and civic leaders facilitated the workshops. In keeping with the Jack and Jill Foundation goals, these programs focus on education, leadership and character building. These projects also provide emphasis on self-esteem and goal setting to achieve success in school and in their daily life. Through the generous support of the Jack and Jill Foundation, our youth are poised to become servant leaders and make a positive impact in their communities.
The Greater Frisco Chapter supported the North Texas Kids Science Festival where more
Southeastern Region Gwen Hewitt
Prep; ESAC’s Beautillion workshops for young men, or Greater Huntsville’s ELITE ( character and self-esteem workshops), Orlando’s Fun, Food and Fitness, Atlanta’s Civil Rights Journey or Fayette County’s Black History workshops; the mothers of the Sweet, Sweet Southeastern Region are implementing Foundation grants to change our communities one child at a time.
This was like heaven and I felt like an angel,” wrote one of the participants in the REAL Boys REAL Men (RBRM) mentoring program at Sherwood Acres Elementary Magnet School. After returning from a college campus tour of Valdosta State University, students were required to write an essay about their experience. The aims of RBRM are for the boys to THINK BIG, develop leadership skills, experience cultural activities, measurably improve academic performance, and cultivate a sense of self worth and self-respect. The program designed to engage and focus elementary school boys before they enter the precarious middle school age was supported by a $5000 Independent grant awarded to the Albany Jack and Jill chapter from our Foundation. “Remarkably creative way to teach Black History;” “Take this show on the road, every African American student in Memphis should see this play.” These are just a few of the quotes heard from special guests Judge Joe Brown, of TV’s Judge Joe Brown and County Commissioner Brooks of Memphis, Tenn. They are referring to “The Verdict”, a Black History play written by Memphis mothers and performed by over 57 Memphis Jack and Jillers. The play, designed to teach Black History to children in the community was supported by a $3000 Jacqueline Robinson grant from our Foundation. Throughout the Sweet, Sweet Southeastern Region, children in our communities continue to benefit from your generous contributions to the Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc. Whether GNAC’s STEM or Jackson MS’s SAT
Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated
75 Acts of Kindness
n act of kindness not only touches the life of the recipient, but you inspire others to be kind, too. During our 75th year anniversary, Jack and Jill of America encouraged chapter members and their families to thoughtfully commit acts of kindness in their workplaces, schools, communities, and homes. The movement was intended to fill the world with kindness and goodwill. The random acts of kindness ideas were simple, but they made a big difference in our world. Make a personal goal to practice more kindness this year, and watch the attitudes and actions around you become more kind, too!
“The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion and compassion and humor and style, generosity and kindness.” – Maya Angelou SCOPE 2014
Superior Chapter Program Planning & Handbook Ratings
Congratulations to the following chapters that received a superior rating on their chapter programming handbooks for the 2012 – 2013 program year: Central Region
Des Moines, IA Greater Little Rock, AR Johnson County, KS Kansas City, MO Metropolitan St. Louis, MO South Suburban Denver, CO Tulsa, OK
Arundel Bay Area, MD Atlantic City, NJ Baltimore , MD Bergen-Passaic, NJ Boston, MA Brooklyn, NY Bucks County, PA Burlington-Willingboro, NJ Chester County, PA Columbia, MD Essex-Hudson, NJ Greater Albany, NY Greater Essex County, NJ Greater Harrisburg, PA Greater Hartford, CT Greater Union County, NJ Loudoun County, VA Manassas-Woodbridge, VA Mercer County, NJ Mid-Hudson Valley, NY Morris County, NJ National Harbor, MD New Castle County, DE Newton, MA Northern Virginia, VA Philadelphia, PA Potomac Valley, MD Prince George’s County, MD Reston, VA Rockland County, NY South Jersey, NJ Southern Maryland Stamford/Norwalk, CT Suffolk County, NY Syracuse, NY Washington, DC
Far West Region
Anchorage, AK Contra Costa County, CA Greater Vallejo, CA
Inglewood, CA Inland Empire, CA Long Beach, CA North County San Diego, CA Orange County, CA Pasadena, CA Phoenix, AZ San Fernando Valley, CA San Jose, CA Santa Clarita/Antelope Valley, CA South Los Angeles, CA Tri-Valley, CA
Mid-Atlantic Region Burlington-Graham, NC Capital City, NC Charlotte, NC Columbia, SC Conway, SC Durham, NC Eastern North Carolina, NC Fayetteville, NC Greensboro, NC Greenville, SC Hampton, VA James River, VA Norfolk, VA Portsmouth, VA Queen City, NC Raleigh-Wake, NC Richmond, VA South Charlotte, NC Spartanburg, SC Winston-Salem, NC
Akron, OH Ann Arbor, MI Central Kentucky Chicago, IL Cincinnati, OH Cleveland, OH Columbus, OH Detroit, MI Greater Grand Rapids, MI Greater Lansing, MI Indianapolis, IN Lake Shore, IL Milwaukee, WI Motor City, MI North Oakland/Macomb, MI Oakland County, MI
South Suburban Chicago, IL Toledo, OH West Suburban Chicago, IL Western Cook County, IL Windy City, IL Youngstown, OH Ypsilanti, MI
South Central Region
Arlington, TX Austin, TX Clear Lake/Bay Area, TX Greater Channel, TX Greater Frisco, TX Katy-Prairie View, TX Missouri City-Sugar Land, TX New Orleans, LA North Suburban Dallas, TX North Texas, TX Northeast Dallas, TX Red River, LA San Antonio, TX South Belt Houston, TX Tyler/East Texas Waco, TX
Albany, GA Athens, GA Atlanta, GA Augusta, GA Birmingham, AL Brevard County, FL Fayette County Area, GA Greater Huntsville AL Greater Metropolitan Atlanta, GA Greater North Atlanta, GA Greater Tampa, FL Knoxville, TN Lake Spivey, GA Miami, FL Montgomery, AL Nashville, TN North Suburban Atlanta, GA Palm Beach, FL Pensacola, FL Savannah, GA South Miami, FL Tallahassee, FL Williamson County, TN
National Youth Volunteer Servant Leaders
Congratulations to the 2013 National Youth Volunteer Servant Leaders. This Jack and Jill National Program recognizes the children and teens who completed at least 25 hours volunteer service. In addition, children and youth that also met the criteria of the United States President’s Volunteer Service Awards criteria were recognized by President Barack Obama. We salute our Jack and Jill youth from the 2012-2013 program year. Michaela Lyons, Akron Melia Romine, Akron Michael Singletary, Akron Joshua Taylor, Akron Erykah Lashan Baker, Albany Sa’Haara-Jade Bryant, Albany Gregory Hand, Albany McKenzie Hand, Albany Tralen Price, Albany Lennis Price, IV, Albany Lakyn Etheridge, Alexandria Ashlyn Nichole Jackson, Alexandria Brea E. McQuarn, Alexandria Ayanna Rene Bundy, Alexandria-Mt. Vernon Malachi J. Walker, Alexandria-Mt. Vernon Rochelle Benton-Edwards, Anchorage Alexandrite Burrell, Anchorage Michaela Glenn, Ann Arbor Sydney Moore-Padgett, Ann Arbor Sabrina Thompson, Ann Arbor Summarlyn Birdine, Arlington Wesley A. Givens, Arlington Chaumaryanne Lawson, Arlington Joelle Everett, Arundel Bay Area Kayla Taylor, Arundel Bay Area Camille Garden, Atlanta Chloe Garden, Atlanta Hannah Hardy, Atlanta Victoria Hardy, Atlanta Haley Jackson, Atlanta Robin Jackson, Atlanta Caden Daniel Jenkins, Atlanta Evan C. Johnson, Atlanta Nile Victoria Johnson, Atlanta D’Jani Lewis, Atlanta Koren Lewis, Atlanta Nadja Lewis, Atlanta Jade Lockard, Atlanta Kennedy A. Moore, Atlanta Steven C. Patten, Atlanta Miya Reddrick, Atlanta Analla Reid, Atlanta Samantha C. Roach, Atlanta Chandler Victoria Ross, Atlanta Jasmine Sears, Atlanta Trent Sears, Atlanta Drew Turner, Atlanta Amber Paschal Young, Atlanta Summer Paschal Young, Atlanta Jillian M. Brown, Atlantic City Bradford Fauntleroy, Atlantic City Giannay Givens, Atlantic City Sedona Hill, Atlantic City Reece E. Miller, Atlantic City Kyra Sidibe, Atlantic City Riley Armant, Augusta Ryan Armant, Augusta Brooke Blocker, Augusta
Alese Brown, Augusta Thomas Gordon, Augusta Haley Ewing, Austin Albert Phillips Hawkins, IV, Austin James Marrow, Baltimore County Christopher Augustus, Baton Rouge Ari Charlynn Burns, Baton Rouge Danielle Dubriel, Baton Rouge Robert E. Gardner, Jr., Baton Rouge Deyon Hughes, Baton Rouge Megan Littleton, Baton Rouge Raymond Vincent, Baton Rouge Mariah Williams, Baton Rouge Maya Williams, Baton Rouge Jordan Greer, Beaumont Peyton Greer, Beaumont Mitchell Baldwin, Birmingham Justin Brown, Birmingham Jordan Davis, Birmingham Cameron Gardner, Birmingham Kyle Madison Hall, Birmingham Ryan Matthew Hall, Birmingham Joy Rosa Jackson, Birmingham Alisha Jenkins, Birmingham Reginald Lawson, Birmingham DeOra Simon, Birmingham Amy Sparks, Birmingham Willem Klein Wassink, Bridgeport Aja Watkins, Brooklyn Bentley Wesley Smith, Bucks County Lindsay Dominique Anderson, BurlingtonGraham Alana Lenore Drumgold, Burlington-Graham Alissa Ann Drumgold, Burlington-Graham Aamon Smith, Capital City Logan I. Bell, Central New Jersey Zachary R. Bell, Central New Jersey Imani Sweatt, Charlotte Brianna Mitchell, Chesapeake Ashley D. Nance, Chesapeake Megan A. Nance, Chesapeake John Erik Taylor, Jr., Chesapeake Randall York Smith, Chesapeake Jonah Amos, Chicago Khary Armster, Chicago Janae Capers, Chicago Jabari Copeland, Chicago Miles Curry, Chicago Dominique Diop, Chicago Carmani Edwards, Chicago Machiah Gill, Chicago Adam Glover, Chicago Howard Griffith II, Chicago Justin Reaves, Chicago Ryan Stratton, Chicago Alexandra Thompson, Chicago Delia West, Chicago Stephen Williams, Chicago
Camille Allen, Cincinnati Lauren Allen, Cincinnati Camille A. Borders, Cincinnati Alex Core, Cincinnati Laila Grayson, Cincinnati Dylan Jones, Cincinnati Jordan Duvall Jones, Cincinnati Donovan Kemp, Cincinnati Kaleb Kemp, Cincinnati Roderick Mills, Jr., Cincinnati Jamila Sylvester, Cincinnati Nia C. Sylvester, Cincinnati Sydney Thomas, Cincinnati Noelle T. Thompson, Cincinnati Donald W. Thompson, III, Cincinnati Ariel Galloway, Clear Lake/Bay Area Hunter Henderson, Clear Lake/Bay Area Xavier Navy, Clear Lake/Bay Area Zoe Navy, Clear Lake/Bay Area Daria Walters, Clear Lake/Bay Area Felice Yarbough, Clear Lake/Bay Area Camille Bonner, Cleveland Bryan C. Clark, Cleveland Jason S. Clark, Cleveland Rhonald Houston, Cleveland Elijah Lacey, Cleveland Windsor Lindsay, Cleveland Tyson Long, Cleveland Edward Emerson Long, III, Cleveland Demetrius Scott, Cleveland Shelby Willis, Cleveland Sydney Willis, Cleveland Cortney D. Davis, Columbia SC Olivia R. Jabber, Columbia SC Victoria A. Jabber, Columbia SC Kierra Jackson, Columbia SC Kyra Alexis Jackson, Columbia SC Aniaya Jhonita Price, Columbia SC Avery Solomon Price, Columbia SC Sydney A. Reed, Columbia SC Helen M. Strickland, Columbia SC Steven L. Thomas, Columbia SC Donovan W. Waddell, Columbia SC Imani A. Wiley-English, Columbia SC Kelsey Leon Brown, Columbus GA Kennedy Gamble, Columbus GA Brandon Mahone, Columbus GA Jelani D’Juan McGlan, Columbus GA David Parham, Columbus GA Christian Capers, Columbus OH Jonathan Robinson, Columbus OH Joshua R. Smith, Columbus OH Jillian Woodard, Columbus OH Akil Frazier, Conway Mykah Frazier, Conway George Williams III, Conway Alanna Manigault, Dayton Dontia Orey, Daytona Beach Area
Tracey Lindsay, Derby City Alexandrea Adams, Detroit Jonathan Avery, Durham Jered Willis, East St. Louis Amari Denae Bradley, East Suburban Atlanta Alana Conway, East Suburban Atlanta Graylon Conway, East Suburban Atlanta Destini Ford, East Suburban Atlanta Hannah Haigler, East Suburban Atlanta Joshua Haigler, East Suburban Atlanta Jordan Payne, East Suburban Atlanta Ahmari Rawls, East Suburban Atlanta Brinklie Thomas, East Suburban Atlanta Reginald Thomas, East Suburban Atlanta Kinsley Williams, East Suburban Atlanta Meredith Edmonds, Eastern North Carolina Matthew D. Phillips, III, Eastern North Carolina Justin LeAndre, Essex Hudson Rachel Hatfield, Fayette County Tamera Jackson, Fayette County Vanessa Sims, Fayette County Lauren Benson, Fayetteville Elyscia Brown, Fayetteville Michael Douglas, Fayetteville Zakia Douglas, Fayetteville Martin Kendrick, Jr., Fayetteville Jasmine Lapsley, Fayetteville Madison Lapsley, Fayetteville Lark Taylor, Fayetteville Lauryn Taylor, Fayetteville Janiya Allen, Fort Lauderdale Jordyn Allen, Fort Lauderdale Ailani Colyn Forde, Fort Lauderdale Celeste George, Fort Lauderdale Kalin A. Houston, Fort Lauderdale James T. Houston, IV, Fort Lauderdale Alexandria Irish, Fort Lauderdale Ebyan McKenzie, Fort Lauderdale Jazmin Sellars, Fort Lauderdale Kayla Thorpe, Fort Lauderdale Ariel Turnley, Fort Lauderdale Brianna Caver, Fresno Sydney Farwell, Fresno Alexis Fowlkes, Fresno Halle Fowlkes, Fresno Cameron Boone, Gary-NW Indiana Adam Collins, Gary-NW Indiana Kristen Davidson, Gary-NW Indiana Michaela Hillman, Gary-NW Indiana Justine Izah, Gary-NW Indiana Justin Lee Johnson, Gary-NW Indiana Trevor Williams Johnson, Gary-NW Indiana Daniel King, Gary-NW Indiana Alaina Patterson, Gary-NW Indiana Zakiya Koryn Walker, Gary-NW Indiana Sydney Alexis Harris, Gastonia-Piedmont Jordan Pippins, Gastonia-Piedmont James Bryant, III, Greater Channel Miracle Leveston, Greater Channel LeBarian Justin Stokes, Greater Channel Jaelynn Walls, Greater Channel Joi Walls, Greater Channel Kristen Williams, Greater Channel Maya Williams, Greater Channel Jalen Anthony Ball, Greater Frisco Bianca Brazil, Greater Frisco Angelica Johnson, Greater Frisco Samuel Johnson, Greater Frisco
Xavier Johnson, Greater Frisco Sydney Polk, Greater Frisco Karlina Sample, Greater Frisco Kevin Sample, Greater Frisco Kiara Sample, Greater Frisco Koby Sample, Greater Frisco Emerson Brooks, Greater Huntsville Sean Daniel Brunner, Greater Huntsville Madyson Edwards, Greater Huntsville McKinley Erves, Greater Huntsville Danny Johnson, Greater Huntsville DeVon Johnson, Greater Huntsville Ian Thompson, Greater Huntsville James D. Coles, IV, Greater Lansing Sierra Johnson, Greater Metropolitan Atlanta Corinne L. Carnegie, Greater North Atlanta Melissa R. Carter, Greater North Atlanta Anthony L. Carter, II, Greater North Atlanta Amaka Nwoko, Greater North Atlanta Briana Allen-Quin, Greater Tampa Camille Benson, Greater Tampa Christian Benson, Greater Tampa Salise Imani Berrien, Greater Tampa Jacqueline Ella Blossom, Greater Tampa Nahum J. Hill, Greater Tampa Simeon J. Hill, Greater Tampa Julia Holmes, Greater Tampa Tyra Johnson, Greater Tampa Issac Joyner, Greater Tampa Cameron Padgett, Greater Tampa Nolan Padgett, Jr., Greater Tampa Blake Parker, Greater Tampa Brooke Parker, Greater Tampa Jessica Prescott, Greater Tampa Wayne Quin, II, Greater Tampa Ryan Shepard, Greater Union County Jordyn McKinney, Greensboro Evan David Shanks, Greensboro Ellis Stokes, Greensboro Pella Stokes, Greensboro Torre Stokes, Greensboro Hope Ugboro, Greensboro Jessica Walker, Greensboro Chandler Boone, Hampton Keyana Cooke, Hampton Armone Davis, Hampton Taylor Ferebee, Hampton Briana Hunter, Hampton Lauren Hunter, Hampton Allen Jones, Hampton Scott Jones, Hampton Myles Ross, Hampton Terrence Thornton, Hampton Simone C. Williams, Hampton Courtney Ann Fontaine, Houston Kyla Breland, Indianapolis Ariel Hicks, Indianapolis Kirsten Holston, Indianapolis Paris Mason, Indianapolis Asha Smith, Indianapolis Jalyn Warren, Indianapolis Jason Wright, Indianapolis Samuel Grubbs, Inglewood Damon Rideaux, Jr., Inglewood Braelyn Baker, Inland Empire Brandyn Baker, Inland Empire Christian Hudson, Inland Empire Joshua Hudson, Inland Empire
Andrew McDaniels, Inland Empire Brianna Watson, Inland Empire Kailyn D. Davis, Jackson MS Courtney Denson, Jackson MS Ian Michael Espy, Jackson MS Justis Gibbs, Jackson MS Alexia Kirkland, Jackson MS Jaden Wesley Nixon, Jackson MS Bria Paige, Jackson MS Cameron M. Watson, Jackson MS Christopher Watson, Jackson MS Kendall Watson, Jackson MS Justin Couch, Jacksonville Brian K. Holloway, II, Jacksonville Kathryn Huyghue, Jacksonville Morgann Adams, Johnson County Smith Harrison, Katy-Prairie View Christen Inman, Katy-Prairie View Khloe Madox, Katy-Prairie View Christian Mays, Katy-Prairie View Erin McDowell, Katy-Prairie View Jean Louis Rideaux, Katy-Prairie View Tony Smith, Katy-Prairie View Rashawn A. Andrews, Knoxville Darryl Bonner, Jr., Knoxville Sheri Cunningham, Knoxville Daisha McBride, Knoxville Craig A. Myles, Knoxville Arthur Nelson, Knoxville Corey Smith, Knoxville Matthew Louis Andrews, Lake Spivey Gregory Nicholas Gibson, Lake Spivey Jasmine Gibson, Lake Spivey Nigel Henry, Lake Spivey Mary Lott, Lake Spivey Myles Lott, Lake Spivey William David Mann III, Lake Spivey Ariana Elyse Peoples, Lake Spivey Makayla Potts, Lake Spivey Mary Rozier, Lake Spivey Kinsley Washington, Long Beach Ryan Washington, Long Beach Colette Lathan, Los Angeles Addison Joy Adams, Manassas-Woodbridge Jordan Adams, Manassas-Woodbridge Gabriel Arrington, Manassas-Woodbridge Aundreya Batson, Manassas-Woodbridge Jamal Jalen Carter, Manassas-Woodbridge Jamel Jeremiah Carter, Manassas-Woodbridge Jasmine Holliday, Manassas-Woodbridge Madison Norwood, Manassas-Woodbridge Marisa Norwood, Manassas-Woodbridge Miles Turman, Manassas-Woodbridge Kayla Bolden, Memphis Rickelle Henry, Memphis Melba Martin, Memphis Kai W. Norris, Memphis Brent J. Palmer, Memphis Maria Kathleen McKinley, Mercer County Malik McKinley, Jr., Mercer County Jada Lewis, Metropolitan Dominique Angibeau, Missouri City-Sugar Land Karmen Carr, Missouri City-Sugar Land Howard Dubois Grant, Missouri City-Sugar Land Leah A. Hampton, Missouri City-Sugar Land Lee A. Hampton III, Missouri City-Sugar Land Alexandria Hawkins, Missouri City-Sugar Land Kendall Hollingsworth, Missouri City-Sugar Land
Allison Holmes, Missouri City-Sugar Land Jeremiah McCollum, Missouri City-Sugar Land Tate Mitchell, Missouri City-Sugar Land Kiah D. Rayford, Missouri City-Sugar Land Charlton Riley, Missouri City-Sugar Land Mikenzie D. Bowman, Mobile Jordan T. Davis, Mobile Joshua McSwain, Mobile Rayna Owes, Mobile Kylen D. Rodgers, Mobile Kennedy A. Studdard, Mobile David Thomas, Mobile Lillian Thomas, Mobile Margaret Elizabeth Woods-Crawford, Mobile Ariel Bowman, Montgomery Erin Bowman, Montgomery Andre Howard, Montgomery Ava Howard, Montgomery Mamie Johnson, Montgomery Chanice Spicer, Montgomery Robert Spicer, Montgomery Jared Steele, Montgomery Elana Harris, Montgomery County MD Stephen Isabell, Montgomery County MD Carmen J. Jones, Montgomery County MD John Robert E. Lee, V., Montgomery County MD Maraya Maynor, Montgomery County MD Monieya Maynor, Montgomery County MD Lauren Ruffin, Montgomery County MD Rachel Ruffin, Montgomery County MD Jordan Washington, Montgomery County MD William Jacob Wilson, Montgomery County MD Brianna Barrett, Morris County Andrea Bush, Morris County Christian Dayne Robinson, Morris County Nicholas Hairston, Motor City Malik Sims, Motor City Montana Tomlin, Motor City Ivey Frazier, Nashville Rod Frazier, Nashville Bryce Vickers, Nashville Evan Howell, Nassau County Jonathan Howell, Nassau County Carla Magnus, Nassau County Keita Gresham, National Harbor Landix S. Alcorn, New Orleans Yazmeen Amaya Allen, New Orleans Kerstin M. Augillard, New Orleans Mia Augillard, New Orleans Jackie Breckendridge, III, New Orleans Chelsey E. Davillier, New Orleans Maci Joseph, New Orleans Karrington Knight, New Orleans Tia Alicia Teamer, New Orleans Gianna Warren, New Orleans Lauren DaSilva, Newton Ylana Jenkins, Newton Gabrielle Lewis, Newton Natalie Lewis, Newton Gabrielle Lockett, Newton Sydney Miller, Newton Emiley Allison, Norfolk Bria Nikkole Felton, Norfolk Taylor Christine White, Norfolk Arin Glenn Holliman, North Houston Suburban Kaitlyn Jones, North Houston Suburban Gabrielle C. Orion, North Houston Suburban Philippe H. Orion II, North Houston Suburban
Roshaan Turner, North Houston Suburban Hassiem Bey, North Jersey Isaiah Thompson, North Jersey Selena Cade, North Oakland-Macomb Justin Dale, North Oakland-Macomb Nicholas Mariner, North Oakland-Macomb Eljaye Tellis, North Oakland-Macomb Jasmin C. Henry, North Suburban Atlanta Joi C. Henry, North Suburban Atlanta Ashton Lightfoot, North Suburban Atlanta Alexander White, North Suburban Atlanta Antonique Nixon, North Texas Taylor Alexis Stith Willis, North Texas Charles Edward Willis III, North Texas Breanna Jones, Northeast Dallas Jared Miles Logan, Oakland County Julian Reeves, Oakland County Brynn Adams, Orange County Peyton Goings, Orange County Sierra Hargrave, Orange County Helen Hudson, Orange County Cori Bond, Palm Beach Kendall Bond, Palm Beach Albert Green, Palm Beach Meagan Luchey, Palm Beach Michael Allen, Pasadena Matthew Carter, Pasadena Shelby Mumford, Pasadena Anneliese Sloss, Pasadena Saige Spence, Pasadena David Akintonde, Pensacola Casey Clifton, Pensacola Jarrett Clifton, Pensacola Kourtney Jones, Pensacola Krystinna Keeton, Pensacola Nyala Leatherwood, Pensacola DeMarion Miller, Pensacola Candace Burgess, Pittsburgh Darrien Hopkins, Pittsburgh Madison Taylor, Pittsburgh Kanitra Hatton, Portsmouth Taylor D. Hood, Portsmouth Jada Jones, Portsmouth Tyler E. King, Portsmouth Gabrielle Whiten, Portsmouth Bria Williams, Portsmouth Ashleigh Wright, Portsmouth Natalie Rhiannon Hill, Potomac Valley Kailyn Geter, Prince Georges County Nala Rose Herring, Prince Georges County Devan Stoeling, Queen City Morgan Stoeling, Queen City Torin Edwards, Raleigh-Wake Cora Evans, Raleigh-Wake Adriana Ogle, Raleigh-Wake Cameron Ogle, Raleigh-Wake Taylor Young Forrest, Red River Booker Fraser, Red River Lionel Fraser, IV, Red River Devin Rose Williams, Red River Jâ€™Mar Westley Williams, Red River Kyndall Ashe, Reston Kyle Jean-Paul Heard, Reston Tarik Robert Thompson, Reston Tatiana M. Jenkins, Rockland County Analyse M. Houston, Sacramento Adaeze Ahaghotu-Radway, San Antonio Audra Collins, San Antonio
Cheyenne E. Evans, San Antonio Chinedu Okoro, San Antonio Nnamdi Okoro, San Antonio Nneka Okoro, San Antonio Spencer Vinson, San Fernando Valley Deja Webster, San Fernando Valley Logan M. Pierce, San Francisco Natalie Pierce, San Francisco Marquel Shaunte Love, San Jose Kelli Aikens, Savannah Chloe Enoch, Savannah Noah Enoch, Savannah Brentton Ford, Savannah Carrie Ford, Savannah Jared Grant, Savannah Sydney Grant, Savannah Michaela Kaigler, Savannah Maria Lotson, Savannah Taylor Moore, Savannah JerMaya Patterson, Savannah Amaya Williams, Savannah Elijah Truitt, Seattle Isaiah Truitt, Seattle Jemma J. Yeadon, Seattle Lorial L. Yeadon, Seattle Stirling S. Yeadon, Seattle Devin Adkins, South Charlotte Reginald Adkins, South Charlotte Cameron Deyampert, South Charlotte Christian Fulton, South Charlotte Aman Hyrams, South Charlotte Angelica Elizabeth Carr, South Miami William E. Christian, South Miami Ashley E. Dotson, South Miami Albert E. Dotson, III, South Miami Jordan Ford, South Miami DaLauren Nottage, South Miami Miles A. Pope, South Miami Amir Rasul, South Miami John Paul Jones, Southwest Suburban Dallas Madeline Jones, Southwest Suburban Dallas Amahni Wall, Southwest Suburban Dallas Jahmiila Wall, Southwest Suburban Dallas Zakiya Freeman Wall, Southwest Suburban Dallas Arianna Dickason, Southwestern Michigan Loren Allison, Spartanburg Natalie Boyd, Spartanburg Sydney Dixon, Spartanburg Illissa Blake Koman, Spartanburg Jordan Starks, Spartanburg Kandace Starks, Spartanburg Jasia Dickerson, St. Clair County Jeff Jones, St. Clair County Shawn Roundtree, St. Clair County Talia Bennett, St. Louis Christina Gardner, St. Louis Kayla R. Moore, St. Louis Ranisha Shelton, St. Louis Ranita Shelton, St. Louis Mauryn Swain, St. Louis Meridian Buckner Swain, St. Louis Cheyenne Bryant, Stone Mountain Taylor Clark, Stone Mountain Kinsey N. Daniels, Stone Mountain Christopher Dunlap, Stone Mountain Shaylyn Estelle, Stone Mountain Niah Humphrey, Stone Mountain Bryant Johnson, Stone Mountain
Billye Lewis, Stone Mountain Maya Mitchell, Stone Mountain Joya Janai Reasor, Stone Mountain Adrienne Seay, Stone Mountain Autumn Williams, Stone Mountain Austin Wyche, Stone Mountain Justin Lowe, Suffolk County Terrence McKinney, Suffolk County Autumn Morris, Suffolk County Brittany Morris, Suffolk County Chelsea Parker, Suffolk County Catharyn Watts-Battey, Suffolk County Jorian Hunter, Sugar Land Sira Nubari Ntagha, Sugar Land Alexander Sims, Sugar Land Jasmyn Treadwell, Sugar Land Justin Treadwell, Sugar Land Thomas L. Copeland, Tacoma Joshua Dickens, Tacoma Myan English, Tacoma Mia Hand, Tacoma CeDrice Howard, Tacoma James Smith, IV, Tacoma Maya King, Tallahassee Kathryn Lewis, Tallahassee Kiara Renee Thompson, Tallahassee Morgan Christopher Watkins, Tallahassee Lindsey Dixon, Treasure Coast Kristian Hall, Treasure Coast
Aaron Hines, Treasure Coast Chloe Hines, Treasure Coast Lonnie Ingram, Treasure Coast Jordan Loiseau, Treasure Coast Travis Mack, Treasure Coast Elijah Mobley, Treasure Coast Faith Mobley, Treasure Coast Alyssa Panton, Treasure Coast Zachary Panton, Treasure Coast Kendall Wood, Treasure Coast Alexis Anderson, Tulsa Amelia Anderson, Tulsa Brett Anderson, Tulsa Christian Boyd, Tulsa Kennedy Boyd, Tulsa Houston L. Hardman, Tulsa Logan Mitchell, Tulsa Kenneth R. Bickham, Jr., Tyler-East Texas Laura Floyd, Tyler-East Texas Alston Johnson, Tyler-East Texas Zachary Walker, Tyler-East Texas Matthew J. Bailey, Washington DC Yazmine Blake, Washington DC Shalvit Grimes, Washington DC Michael Jones, Washington DC Alexander Leonard, Washington DC Victor Leonard, Washington DC Grace Marion, Washington DC Jamar Nash, Washington DC
Shira Nash, Washington DC Tijara Smith, Washington DC Tolini Smith, Washington DC Jacqueline S. Thompson, Washington DC Alexandra Watson, Washington DC Micah White, Washington DC Briana Demming, West Suburban Chicago Taylor Demming, West Suburban Chicago Christopher Finch, West Suburban Chicago Janelle Finch, West Suburban Chicago Chandler Kingsley, West Suburban Chicago Kristopher A. Knighton, West Suburban Chicago Destiny Marie Lewis, West Suburban Chicago Isis Ruff, West Suburban Chicago Kira C. Sears, West Suburban Chicago Wesley Vaughn, West Suburban Chicago Elise Jackson, Williamson County Ethan Jackson, Williamson County Ian Jackson, Williamson County Pamela McMillan, Williamson County Anisa Lynne Moore, Williamson County Bryce Ellen, Windy City Bethany Griffin, Windy City Kara Jackson, Windy City Langston Wren, Windy City Sonia Lorraine Pitts, Youngstown
Celebrate 75 A Poem
by Taylor Hamilton, Suffolk County Chapter It all began in 1938, right here in Philadelphia. Marion Thomas dreamed of a land of promise. She kept dreaming but her sleep kept getting interrupted by Congress. During the Great Depression, they wouldn’t teach our adolescents the right lessons. So Thomas and a couple of mothers blueprinted a plan for success and, Jack & Jill was the result, and it would lead us into the right direction. They said Blacks weren’t smart, but that was only a deception. So we had to make a correction through the expression of our culture and upper-class profession. You should’ve seen the look on their face from our progression. 75 years later, and they still have the same facial expression! Look how far we’ve come, look at the success of this creation. Offering inspiration for our children to become the next sensations. Through cooperation of mothers, sisters, brothers and misters. We framed a picture through scripture and created a nation. Jack & Jill of America is the umbrella through the bad weather. We will keep on marching, and we will never stop, never. Let’s continue to work, let’s continue to play, let’s continue to live together. Jack & Jill is forever and ever! 150
Jacqueline Moore Bowles Modules Awardees
One of the hallmarks of Jack and Jill is our emphasis on youth development as evidenced in our youth leadership programs. We believe that teens must develop life-long skills that can award them the opportunity to change America. The core of the Jack and Jill of America philosophy is that every child - if given the proper guidance and opportunity - can be developed into a leader. The Jacqueline Moore Bowles Teen Leadership & Development guide consists of 16 interactive leadership competency modules. The guide is designed to provide youth (grades 7-12) with critical leadership skills to effectively lead in a constantly changing society. Herein lays the foundation of our future leaders. Reece Barnett, Akron Mya Davis, Akron Taylor Mack, Akron Natalie Malone, Akron McKae Matthews, Akron Morgan Matthews, Akron Melia Romine, Akron Michael Singletary, Akron Joshua Taylor, Akron Erykah Baker, Albany Cameron Johnson, Albany Lennis Price, Albany Brockton Bowen, Ann Arbor Kasey Coleman, Ann Arbor Brianna Eccleston, Ann Arbor Asia Fields, Ann Arbor Alexa Johnson, Ann Arbor Isaac Lockhart, Ann Arbor Sydney Padgett, Ann Arbor Evan Pinson, Ann Arbor Sabrina Thompson, Ann Arbor Jessica Benton, Arlington Jalen Alexander, Atlanta Adia Berry, Atlanta Brooklynn Boyd, Atlanta Raquelle Cannon, Atlanta Evan Cheese, Atlanta Maxwell Chester, Atlanta Chandler Cliette, Atlanta Christopher Edwards, Atlanta Erin Edwards, Atlanta Hunter Falconer, Atlanta Anthony Farrar, Atlanta Maya Foreman, Atlanta Taylor Hall, Atlanta Daniel Herron, Atlanta Carter Jackson, Atlanta Ryan Jackson, Atlanta Sumer James, Atlanta Nile Johnson, Atlanta Pierce Johnson, Atlanta Xavier Jones, Atlanta Koren Lewis, Atlanta Kala Mitchell, Atlanta Imani Moore, Atlanta Karmyn Muhammad, Atlanta Pilar Nunn, Atlanta Elen Pease, Atlanta Miya Reddrick, Atlanta Chandler Ross, Atlanta Kelsey Russell, Atlanta Jasmine Sears, Atlanta Koya Siebie, Atlanta Merrick Sims, Atlanta Myles Sims, Atlanta Michael Jamal Strickland, Atlanta Nicholas Stubbs, Atlanta Michael Thrasher, Atlanta Avi Toomer, Atlanta
Drew Turner, Atlanta Christian Walker, Atlanta Amber Young, Atlanta Summer Young, Atlanta Najee Coursey, Atlantic City Kennedy Sidibe, Atlantic City Geon Smallwood, Atlantic City Alex Ball, Austin Rylee Baptiste, Austin Savannah Baptiste, Austin Jonas Eaton, Austin George Francis, Austin Grayson Francis, Austin Ryan Holliman, Austin Cori James, Austin Quinn Langford, Austin Michael Montgomery, Austin Bailey Patterson, Austin Chase Patterson, Austin Janaye Scales, Austin Solomon Starkes, Austin Trevor White, Austin Kaleb Winn, Austin Mitchell Baldwin, Birmingham Justin Brown, Birmingham Carmen Cantelow, Birmingham Elexia Coleman, Birmingham Jordan Davis, Birmingham Herschell Hamilton, Birmingham Anderson Imani, Birmingham Katherine Jackson, Birmingham Alisha Jenkins, Birmingham Christina Johnson, Birmingham Reginald Lawson, Birmingham Melissa Matthews, Birmingham Sydney Patterson, Birmingham Alexis Robinson, Birmingham DeOra Simon, Birmingham Amy Sparks, Birmingham Jeremiah Spillers, Birmingham Jeremy Williams, Birmingham Kaylyn Williams, Birmingham Channing Austin, Brooklyn Quincy Baker, Brooklyn Jordan Betts, Brooklyn Justin Betts, Brooklyn Sequoyah Boyd, Brooklyn Aliya Byrd, Brooklyn Ava Byrd, Brooklyn Jason Gilliam, Brooklyn Maris Hayes, Brooklyn Elijah Jordan, Brooklyn Stephen Odom, Brooklyn Logan Solis, Brooklyn Jaden Underwood, Brooklyn James Doonquah, Burlington-Graham Kwame Doonquah, Burlington-Graham Kenneth Harris, Burlington-Graham William Harris, Burlington-Graham
Chastain Hines, Burlington-Graham Noah Hines, Burlington-Graham Miriam Chaplin, Burlington-Willingboro Kaycee Gilliam, Burlington-Willingboro Jalyn McRae, Burlington-Willingboro Janiah McRae, Burlington-Willingboro Kyndal Tillett, Burlington-Willingboro Marcus Williford, Burlington-Willingboro Madison Blagrove, Capital City Kennedy Byrd, Capital City Damien Dozier, Capital City Amari Lynn, Capital City Amaya Lynn, Capital City Chancellor Mills, Capital City Cierra Mills, Capital City Michala Mills, Capital City Aamon Smith, Capital City Dewayne “DJ” Washington, Capital City Xavier Brathwaite, Charlotte Armani Brown, Charlotte Havyn Colon, Charlotte Hayli Colon, Charlotte Alicia Cureton, Charlotte Lydia Drakeford, Charlotte Wesley Fields, Charlotte Ronald Gipson, Charlotte Camille Griffith, Charlotte Simone Griffith, Charlotte Jewel Ham, Charlotte Timothy Hayes, Charlotte Ashley Johnson, Charlotte Christian Jones, Charlotte Erica Jordan, Charlotte Damarius Law, Charlotte Demetri Law, Charlotte Kevin Manley, Charlotte Davis Margaux, Charlotte Geoffrey Matthews, Charlotte Jordan Mayfield, Charlotte Joshua Mayfield, Charlotte Bryce McGinley, Charlotte Brandon Mikell, Charlotte Ryka Mitchell, Charlotte John Powell, III, Charlotte Alexander Reese, Charlotte Corinna Simmons, Charlotte Erin Simmons, Charlotte Imani Sweatt, Charlotte Courtney Taylor, Charlotte Sydney Taylor, Charlotte Symphony Webber, Charlotte Christian White, Charlotte Julian White, Charlotte Zalana Allen, Chicago Zuri Allen, Chicago Jonah Amos, Chicago Khary Armster , Chicago Marcella Benson, Chicago Christina Bourn, Chicago
Isaiah Bradley, Chicago Janae Capers, Chicago Jabari Copeland, Chicago Lauren Copeland, Chicago Miles Curry, Chicago Dominique Diop, Chicago Carmani Edwards, Chicago Kyle Fleming, Chicago Elliott Fourte, Chicago Evan Gayles, Chicago Will Gee, III, Chicago Howard Griffith, II, Chicago Corey Joseph Hebert, Chicago Ashley Mahome, Chicago Noelle McCullom, Chicago Janelle McGregory, Chicago Maia McGregory, Chicago Uriah McKinney, Chicago Natalie Mendenhall, Chicago Lauren Merriweather, Chicago Tayla Moore, Chicago Wade Pryor, Chicago Justin Reaves, Chicago Drew Richardson, Chicago Maxwell Richardson, Chicago Ryan Stratton, Chicago Jarrett Thomas, Chicago Jordan Thomas, Chicago Alexandria Thompson, Chicago Jared Vick, Chicago Cydney Walls, Chicago Delia West, Chicago Stephen Williams, Chicago Nelson Akintunde, Cincinnati Camille Allen, Cincinnati Lauren Allen, Cincinnati Kamal Apatira, Cincinnati Suliah Apatira, Cincinnati Tiara Atwater, Cincinnati Tre’ Atwater, Cincinnati Trey Avery, Cincinnati Nia Blasingame, Cincinnati Camille Borders, Cincinnati Candace Borders, Cincinnati Justin Chess, Cincinnati Alex Core, Cincinnati Isabella Gibson, Cincinnati Marcus Goodwin, Cincinnati Laila Grayson, Cincinnati Maya Hall, Cincinnati Hadiya Harrigan, Cincinnati Hasani Harrigan, Cincinnati Warren Hill, Cincinnati Theo Holmes, Cincinnati Dante Jones, Cincinnati Jordon Duvall Jones, Cincinnati Kaleb Kemp, Cincinnati Hunter Lampley, Cincinnati Trey Lampley, Cincinnati Justin Lennon, Cincinnati Kayla Lennon, Cincinnati Austin Lindsay, Cincinnati Grayson Lonnie, II, Cincinnati Loren McCauley, Cincinnati Mikaela McGee, Cincinnati Roderick Mills, Cincinnati Markus Myles, Cincinnati Yomi Nelson, Cincinnati Adrian Oliver, Cincinnati Nia Page, Cincinnati Nathalie Ray, Cincinnati Kellan Robinson, Cincinnati Nialani Robinson, Cincinnati Edwin Sam, Cincinnati Kingston Shorter, Cincinnati
Tamera Shorter, Cincinnati Jamila Sylvester, Cincinnati Malik Sylvester, Cincinnati Nia Sylvester, Cincinnati Sydney Thomas, Cincinnati Donald Thompson, Cincinnati Noelle Thompson, Cincinnati Atwater Titus, Cincinnati David Walker, Cincinnati Mills Warren, Cincinnati Jason Washington, Cincinnati Andrew Whitaker, Cincinnati Arianne Whitaker, Cincinnati Olivia Bell, Columbia SC Houston Bennet, Columbia SC J. Anthony Bennet, Columbia SC Forbes Elam, Columbia SC Jameson Ellis, Columbia SC Ahslynn Gray, Columbia SC Brittany Gray, Columbia SC Lauryn Harriford, Columbia SC Kierra Jackson, Columbia SC Nicholas Martin, Columbia SC Avery Price, Columbia SC Sydney Reed, Columbia SC Imani Wiley-English, Columbia SC Joshua Wiley-English, Columbia SC Avian Baker, Columbus GA Kelsey Brown, Columbus GA Tyler Chambers, Columbus GA Dominic Davis, Columbus GA Mikalya Eldridge, Columbus GA Kennedy Gamble, Columbus GA Brittany Hawkins, Columbus GA Andrew Jackson, Columbus GA Alyssia Mahone, Columbus GA Brandon Mahone, Columbus GA Jelani McGlan, Columbus GA Kayla Miller, Columbus GA David Parham, Columbus GA Brenton Simpson, Columbus GA Bruce Simpson, Columbus GA Sarae Simpson, Columbus GA Lindsey Smith, Columbus GA Marvin Smith, III, Columbus GA Robbie Tillman, Columbus GA Wesley Tillman, Columbus GA Dailey Turner, Columbus GA Dillon Turner, Columbus GA Timothy Turner, Columbus GA Lauren Washington, Columbus GA Jourdan Watson, Columbus GA Joseph Wiley, III, Columbus GA Leslie Williams Blackwell, Contra Costa County Rachel (Imani) Buckner, Contra Costa County Cameron Butler-McDonald, Contra Costa County Angelo Calip, Jr., Contra Costa County Ashley Carter, Contra Costa County Kyle Hogg, Contra Costa County Devyn Holliday, Contra Costa County Spencer Hollie, Contra Costa County Kyra Holt, Contra Costa County Zaire Johnson, Contra Costa County Shawn Muldrow, Contra Costa County Jelani Smith, Contra Costa County Kendall Waters, Contra Costa County Dachira Gerald, Conway Shackira Gerald, Conway Miles Gunn, Conway Maya Jefferson, Conway Macquon Jones, Conway Garrett Williams, Conway George Trey Williams, Conway Christina Wright, Conway Christopher Chandler, Derby City
Harrison Hill, Derby City Sierra Hill, Derby City Tracey Lindsey, Derby City Isiah Stoner, Derby City K’la Brannon, Durham Vanessa Bright, Durham Vivica Clemons, Durham Victoria Cruell, Durham John Fitz-Henley, Durham Chad Hardy, Durham Brandon Harewood, Durham Kmari Jones, Durham Carmen Pierce, Durham Victoria Quiett, Durham Devin Rouse, Durham Malia Rouse, Durham Michael Thomas, Durham Willie Weeks IV, Durham Benjamin Bullock, Eastern North Carolina Timothy Bullock, Eastern North Carolina Kevin Burton, Jr., Eastern North Carolina Meredith Edmonds, Eastern North Carolina Alicia Ford, Eastern North Carolina Maxine Ford, Eastern North Carolina Jay Mebane, Eastern North Carolina Kyra Miles, Eastern North Carolina Matthew Phillips, III, Eastern North Carolina Cyrus Wilkins, Eastern North Carolina Christyna Conway, Fort Lauderdale Ashley Davis, Fort Lauderdale Kalin Houston, Fort Lauderdale Alexandria Irish, Fort Lauderdale Monique O’Ferrall, Fort Lauderdale Cierra Pettiford, Fort Lauderdale Mackenzie White, Fort Lauderdale Cameron Boone, Gary-Northwest Indiana Adams Collins, Gary-Northwest Indiana Michaela Hillman, Gary-Northwest Indiana Justine Izah, Gary-Northwest Indiana Gibson Jelani, Gary-Northwest Indiana Daniel King, Gary-Northwest Indiana Justin Lee-Johnson, Gary-Northwest Indiana Alaina Patterson, Gary-Northwest Indiana Christion Robinson, Gary-Northwest Indiana Zakiya Walker, Gary-Northwest Indiana Trevor Williams, Gary-Northwest Indiana Lott Gabriella, Gastonia-Piedmont Pippins Jordan, Gastonia-Piedmont Harris Sydney, Gastonia-Piedmont Gibbs Taylor, Gastonia-Piedmont Joiner Trenton, Gastonia-Piedmont Waddell Victoria, Gastonia-Piedmont Salajudin Alozie, Greater Albany Jonathan Caldwell, Greater Albany Aaliyah Dallard, Greater Albany Jahzara El-Amin, Greater Albany Shawn Grant, Greater Albany Cydney Owens, Greater Albany Jonathan Ray, Greater Albany Christopher (CJ) Crawford, Greater Frisco Cameron Miller, Greater Frisco A’Lani Beason, Greater Grand Rapids Ashia Beason, Greater Grand Rapids Heather Jackson, Greater Grand Rapids Erik Lauchie’, Greater Grand Rapids Eron Lauchie’, Greater Grand Rapids Kevann McCurdy, Greater Grand Rapids Myles McCurdy, Greater Grand Rapids Skylar McCurdy, Greater Grand Rapids Andrew Sims, Greater Grand Rapids Kaja Smith, Greater Grand Rapids Brandon Welch, Greater Grand Rapids Brooks Welch, Greater Grand Rapids Amaya Booker, Greater Huntsville Eboni Booker, Greater Huntsville
Emerson Brooks, Greater Huntsville Drew Brunner, Greater Huntsville Sean Brunner, Greater Huntsville Ty Brunner, Greater Huntsville John Mark Debro, Greater Huntsville Kynnedie Edwards, Greater Huntsville Madyson Edwards, Greater Huntsville Ted Maurice Edwards, Greater Huntsville McKinley Erves, Greater Huntsville Amira Hyder, Greater Huntsville Danny Johnson, Greater Huntsville Desmond Johnson, Greater Huntsville DeVon Johnson, Greater Huntsville Collins Robinson, Greater Huntsville Jayson Smith, Greater Huntsville Lance Stanmore, Greater Huntsville Ian Thompson, Greater Huntsville Christelle Beauboeuf, Greater Lansing William “Will” Bishop, Greater Lansing Anaiyah Brewer, Greater Lansing Cameron Dotson, Greater Lansing Carla Jones, Greater Lansing DeJuan Jones, Greater Lansing Brittney Lynn, Greater Lansing Chanel Lynn, Greater Lansing Alexandra (Alex) Oehmke, Greater Lansing Nicholas Patterson, Greater Lansing Brett A. (BJ) Powell, Jr., Greater Lansing Kennedi Scott, Greater Lansing Kori Scott, Greater Lansing Kourtney Scott, Greater Lansing Sophia Simon, Greater Lansing Justin Clark, Greater Metropolitan Atlanta Aaren Evans, Greater Metropolitan Atlanta Asha Evans, Greater Metropolitan Atlanta Demarko Hooper, Greater Metropolitan Atlanta Endure McTier, Greater Metropolitan Atlanta Alexandra Stephens, Greater Metropolitan Atlanta Leah Wright, Greater Metropolitan Atlanta Barge Alexis, Greater North Atlanta Scott Briana, Greater North Atlanta Jackson Danielle, Greater North Atlanta Little James, Greater North Atlanta Little Jarrod, Greater North Atlanta Merlette Jasmine, Greater North Atlanta Bassil Jessika, Greater North Atlanta Drake Kelsey, Greater North Atlanta Morris Miles, Greater North Atlanta Wiltz Valana, Greater North Atlanta Christian Benson, Greater Tampa S.Imani Berrien, Greater Tampa Ronald Cherry, Greater Tampa Eric Davis, Jr., Greater Tampa Tremayne Dupree, Greater Tampa Alec Estrill, Greater Tampa Houston Griffin, Greater Tampa Nahum Hill, Greater Tampa Simeon Hill, Greater Tampa Tyra Johnson, Greater Tampa Alana Nelson, Greater Tampa Anthony Nelson, Greater Tampa Cameron Padgett, Greater Tampa Nolan Padgett, Greater Tampa Brooke Parker, Greater Tampa Gianna Rhodes, Greater Tampa Sarah Rowley, Greater Tampa William Rowley, Greater Tampa Curtis Thomas, Greater Tampa Gabrielle Boyd, Greensboro Elliott Graves, Greensboro Tyus Martin, Greensboro Alphonso McGlen, Greensboro Jordyn McKinney, Greensboro Savannah Pinnix, Greensboro Hope Ugboro, Greensboro
Jessica Walker, Greensboro Joshua Anderson, Indianapolis Robby Cater, Indianapolis Jason Curry, Indianapolis Ariel Hicks, Indianapolis Jasmine Johnson, Indianapolis Matthew Keith, Indianapolis Paris Mason, Indianapolis Allyson Pinner, Indianapolis Asha Smith, Indianapolis Jalyn Warren, Indianapolis Jason Wright, Indianapolis Nicholas Bohannon, Jackson MS Elizabeth Dampier, Jackson MS Kailyn Davis, Jackson MS Kamryn Davis, Jackson MS Yesenia Davis, Jackson MS Courtney Denson, Jackson MS Justis Gibbs, Jackson MS Joel Henley, Jackson MS Nona Johnson, Jackson MS Robert Johnson, Jackson MS Brie Kemp, Jackson MS Alexia Kirkland, Jackson MS Jasmine McNair, Jackson MS Kennedy O’Quinn, Jackson MS Kennedy Owens, Jackson MS Bria Paige, Jackson MS Jaylen Taylor, Jackson MS Johnathan Taylor, Jackson MS Alaysia Ware, Jackson MS Cameron Watson, Jackson MS Kendall Watson, Jackson MS Carly Allen, Jacksonville Adwin Ashman, Jacksonville Austin Cannington, Jacksonville Caila Carter, Jacksonville Christen Carter, Jacksonville Lyndsey Clark, Jacksonville Sydney Clark, Jacksonville Justin Couch, Jacksonville Adia Gomes, Jacksonville Nicole Greene, Jacksonville Ryan Gregory, Jacksonville Clement Hall, III, Jacksonville Brandon Holloway, Jacksonville Brian Holloway, III, Jacksonville Kevin Holzendorf, Jacksonville Autumn Howard, Jacksonville Kathryn Huyghue, Jacksonville Cornetta Jones, Jacksonville Donovan Jordan, Jacksonville Charles Kemp, III, Jacksonville Kendra Nixon, Jacksonville Sydney Pollock, Jacksonville Erena Reese, Jacksonville Ciera Rodgers, Jacksonville Austin Sams, Jacksonville Cameron Scott, Jacksonville Moira Simgleton, Jacksonville Maria Singleton, Jacksonville William Smith, Jacksonville Cameron Spruill, Jacksonville Courtney Spruill, Jacksonville Jaylen Stanford, Jacksonville Malcolm Wilkes, Jacksonville Joy Willis, Jacksonville Taylor Wynter, Jacksonville Kai Casey, James River Kierstin Cooper, James River Julian Durr, James River Keion Greenhow, James River Larry James, James River Marissa Jaques, James River Justin Jefferson, James River
Lauren Jeter, James River Madison Robinson, James River Marc Sakponou, James River Pierre Sakponou, James River Cailynn Terry, James River Albert Thweatt, James River John Washington, James River Noah Washington, James River Noelle Allen, Lake Shore Tiara Bolton, Lake Shore Kourtney Bowens, Lake Shore Lyndsey Crump, Lake Shore Monica Nia Jones, Lake Shore Benjamin President, Lake Shore Joy Whetstone, Lake Shore Lauren Williamson, Lake Shore Matthew Andrews, Lake Spivey Zoe Carson, Lake Spivey Jasmine Clark, Lake Spivey Morgan Clark, Lake Spivey Ciarra Collins, Lake Spivey Kenneth Collins, Lake Spivey Nigel Henry, Lake Spivey Meagan Hodge, Lake Spivey Morgan Hodge, Lake Spivey Rachael Howard, Lake Spivey Kaylen Johnson, Lake Spivey David Kimbro, Jr., Lake Spivey Taryn McDuffiee, Lake Spivey Karlin McGhee, Lake Spivey Meshach Phillips, Lake Spivey Angelle Williams, Lake Spivey Juan Williams, II, Lake Spivey Chase Aldridge, Los Angeles Bryce Bentley, Los Angeles Branford Bland, Los Angeles Alexa Bowers, Los Angeles Logan Branche, Los Angeles Morgan Brown, Los Angeles Kendra Casey, Los Angeles Darren Dixon, Los Angeles Bradley Fountaine, Los Angeles Nia Harbour, Los Angeles Reggie Harbour, Los Angeles Alexis Jones, Los Angeles Olivia Jones, Los Angeles Colette Lathan, Los Angeles Kennedy Long, Los Angeles Ashley Mayo, Los Angeles Jessie Noble, Los Angeles Gabrielle Sumpter, Los Angeles Khalia Taylor, Los Angeles Asha Walker, Los Angeles Faith Williams, Los Angeles Kendall Beache, Louisville Jasmine Browning, Louisville Taylor Browning, Louisville Elanna Carr, Louisville Aleah Cohen, Louisville E. Blake Dawson, Louisville Margot Demus, Louisville Alexis Dow, Louisville Ashton Edwards, Louisville Quinton Edwards, Louisville Blake Harris, Louisville Desmond Hatchett, Louisville Ronald Hatchett, Louisville Sydney Mathis, Louisville Danten Rice, Louisville Raymond Robinson, Louisville Tony Springfield, Louisville Hydia Williams, Louisville Karissa Wright, Louisville Mikaela Wright, Louisville Lindsey Allen, Mercer County
Vaughn Armour, Mercer County Amir Basma, Mercer County Jania Blount, Mercer County Jermaine Blount, Mercer County Raven Brown, Mercer County Sydney Cobb, Mercer County Evan Collins, Mercer County Kyra Douglass, Mercer County Elise Ferguson, Mercer County Jalen Ferguson, Mercer County Christian Forbes, Mercer County Christian Gallon, Mercer County Hailey Hawes, Mercer County Jacques Hughes, Mercer County Molly Lagay, Mercer County Wesley Lucas, Mercer County Malik McKinley, Mercer County Gabrielle Medina, Mercer County Jillian Medina, Mercer County Sydney Medina, Mercer County Alexis Moise, Mercer County Milan Moise, Mercer County Sydney Munn, Mercer County Gabriel Saintil, Mercer County Sarina Swain, Mercer County Jay Swindell, Mercer County Kylan Tatum, Mercer County Tai Tatum, Mercer County Shelby Williams, Mercer County Lauren Woodroffe, Mercer County Nigel Woodroffe, Mercer County Frederick Guess, Missouri City-Sugar Land Morgan Woods, Missouri City-Sugar Land Kaitlyn Allen, Mobile Mikenzie Bowman, Mobile Alexis Carter, Mobile Maura Crook, Mobile Cameron Davis, Mobile Jordan Davis, Mobile Jaylen Hackett, Mobile Aryne Hudson, Mobile Alexis Huntley, Mobile Siobhan Johnson, Mobile Joseph Little, Mobile Walter Little, III, Mobile Joshua McSwain, Mobile Rayna Owes, Mobile Kylen Rodgers, Mobile David Thomas, Mobile Nia Adams, Motor City Thomas Barrow, Motor City Langston Bowens, Motor City Zora Bowens, Motor City Zuri Cheathem, Motor City Andrea DuPerry, Motor City Phallon Foxworth, Motor City Aaran Gilliam, Motor City Nicholas Hairston, Motor City Sydney Hairston, Motor City Vashti Lindsey, Motor City Danny Marshall, Motor City Simone Marshall, Motor City Alexis McCullough, Motor City Brandon Moore, Motor City Aerin Morris, Motor City Tanae Otis, Motor City David Reese, Motor City Malki Sims, Motor City Joseph Smith, Motor City Naomi Smith, Motor City Johari Summerville, Motor City Montana Tomlin, Motor City Imani Turner, Motor City Jeneva Wheeler, Motor City Jeremiah Wheeler, Motor City
Jasmine Williams, Motor City Jenise Williams, Motor City Alex Abernathy, Nashville Kenneth Blackburn, IV, Nashville Sydney Brown, Nashville Brandon Carney, Nashville Jarel Dillard, Nashville Luke Dixon, Nashville Tyler Dixon, Nashville John Edwards, IV, Nashville Elena Ferguson, Nashville Erin Ferguson, Nashville Trey Ferguson, Nashville Piper Fleming, Nashville Ross Fleming, Nashville Ivey Frazier, Nashville Roderick Frazier, Nashville Marques Furr, Nashville Bennie Harris, Nashville Branden Harris, Nashville Bria Harris, Nashville Sydni Hill , Nashville Andrew Horton, Nashville Tierra Horton, Nashville Sophia Howard , Nashville Joseph Johnson, III, Nashville Mackey Long, III, Nashville Shelby Mire, Nashville Chelsea Moore, Nashville Meciah Powell, Nashville Courtney Rabb, Nashville Kaitlyn Rabb, Nashville Mikaela Rabb, Nashville Jamen Rollins, Nashville Darrius Southwell, Nashville Spencer Taylor, Nashville Bryce Vickers, Nashville Cameron Williams, Nashville Sydney Woodle, Nashville Lyndon Woods, Nashville Kayla Young, Nashville Kelton Young, Nashville Ethan Bastien, Newton Jonathan Breitbart, Newton Camille Brown, Newton Chase Cubia, Newton Kiera Daughtry, Newton Cornell Horner, Newton Harrison Horner, Newton Evan Jarrell, Newton Kawaiolala’iku Martin, Newton Danny Meade, Newton Joshua Nichols, Newton Tyler Price, Newton Dallas Rachal, Newton Jaidin Russell, Newton Tyler Russell, Newton Casey Simmons, Newton Alexander Stoddard, Newton Dante Lemons, North County San Diego Jamial Miller, North County San Diego Austin Jones, North Oakland-Macomb Kacey Joseph, North Oakland-Macomb Nicholas Mariner, North Oakland-Macomb Cameron McNeil, North Oakland-Macomb Cayla McNeil, North Oakland-Macomb Nylaw Outlaw, North Oakland-Macomb Derrick Roman, North Oakland-Macomb Austin Tasker, North Oakland-Macomb Carmyn Brown, North Suburban Atlanta Andrew Burns, North Suburban Atlanta Donovan Ellison, North Suburban Atlanta Sydney Fisher, North Suburban Atlanta Jayla Goodloe, North Suburban Atlanta Layne Lightfoot, North Suburban Atlanta
Tyler Mitchell, North Suburban Atlanta Sedrick Sweat, North Suburban Atlanta Justin Taylor, North Suburban Atlanta Jordan Tucker, North Suburban Atlanta Brian Ballard, North Suburban Dallas James Hutton, North Suburban Dallas Kendall Johnson, North Suburban Dallas Dylan Osimetha, North Suburban Dallas Zaria Osimetha, North Suburban Dallas Leah Roane, North Suburban Dallas Lilly Roane, North Suburban Dallas Skylar Anthony, Palm Beach Cori Bond, Palm Beach Kendall Bond, Palm Beach Wesley Bond, Palm Beach Quincy Green, Palm Beach Albert Green, II, Palm Beach Anthony Jackson, Palm Beach Hannah Jackson, Palm Beach Jordan Jackson, Palm Beach Megan Luchey, Palm Beach Sydni Mingo, Palm Beach Simone Abehunrin, Pasadena Michael Allen, Pasadena Alyssa Carter, Pasadena Matt Carter, Pasadena Chadd Cosse, Pasadena Tristen Dossett, Pasadena Aaron Ealy, Pasadena Taylor Johnson, Pasadena Chelsea Larsuel, Pasadena Kyle Leufroy, Pasadena Benjamin Patterson, Pasadena Daniel Patterson, Pasadena Julian Pina, Pasadena David Akintonde, Pensacola Casey Clifton, Pensacola Jarrett Clifton, Pensacola Joshua Fobbs, Pensacola Moriah Fobbs, Pensacola Gabrielle Gill-Brown, Pensacola Kourtney Jones, Pensacola Kristinna Keeton, Pensacola Nyala Leatherwood, Pensacola Thaddeus McMillan, Pensacola DeMarion Miller, Pensacola Kayla Townsend, Pensacola Alijah Aikens, Portsmouth Josiah Aikens, Portsmouth Alandra Copeland, Portsmouth Johnathan Echols, Portsmouth Kanitra Hatton, Portsmouth Taylor Hood, Portsmouth Jada Jones, Portsmouth Tyler King, Portsmouth Gabrielle Whiten, Portsmouth Bria Williams, Portsmouth Ashleigh Wright, Portsmouth Briana Bloodworth, Queen City Morgan Howard, Queen City Kylee Morgan, Queen City Haley Williams, Queen City Juston Armstrong, Rockland County Danielle Baylor, Rockland County Briana Parris, Rockland County Gillian Parris, Rockland County Robert “RJ” Rowe, Rockland County Kayla Singelton, Rockland County Ryane Small, Rockland County Skylar Small, Rockland County Malcolm Solan, Rockland County Nia Turner, Rockland County Alexander Williams, Rockland County Phillip Beckham, San Diego Robin Brown, San Diego
Iman Chatman, San Diego Courtney Enge, San Diego Francesca Gascoigne, San Diego Camille Harris, San Diego Lena Hilliard, San Diego Malaiya Knight, San Diego Brandi Turner, San Diego Matthew Twyman, San Diego Tripp Twyman, San Diego Lucy Williams, San Diego Brandon Alexander, San Jose Michael Ford, San Jose Raelene Parker, San Jose Kelli Aikens, Savannah Hannah Bogans, Savannah Jordan Bogans, Savannah William (Tre) Bogans, III, Savannah Daryl (DJ) Cone, Jr., Savannah Brentton Ford, Savannah Carrie Elizabeth Ford, Savannah Jared Grant, Savannah Sydney Grant, Savannah Kayla Haymon, Savannah Leah Jackson, Savannah Lester Jackson, IV, Savannah Gabrielle James, Savannah Edward (EJ) Jolley, III, Savannah Kianna Maynard, Savannah Kimani Maynard, Savannah Rose Moss, Savannah Jermaya Patterson, Savannah Ashton Reese, Savannah Evan Reese, Savannah Ivan Reese, Savannah Amaya Williams, Savannah Devin Adkins, South Charlotte Reggie Adkins, South Charlotte Lauryn Alexander, South Charlotte Jade Dees, South Charlotte Cameron Deyampert, South Charlotte Asha English, South Charlotte Ardata “Grace” Ferguson, South Charlotte Spencer Ferguson, South Charlotte Aris Fulton, South Charlotte Christian Fulton, South Charlotte Justin Grayson, South Charlotte Lauren Grayson, South Charlotte Madison Hembrick, South Charlotte Aman Hyrams, South Charlotte David Kelcy, South Charlotte Austin Kimbrough, South Charlotte Eva Logan, South Charlotte Keith Miller, South Charlotte Moses Davis, South Miami Ashley Dotson, South Miami Clinton Gulley, III, South Miami Janai Jones, South Miami Aleah King, South Miami Alysha Louis, South Miami DaLauren Nottage, South Miami Miles Pope, South Miami Donald Ravenell, South Miami Jasmine Ravenell, South Miami Deja Smith-Young, South Miami Samuel Tate III, South Miami Naomi Adams, South Suburban Chicago Aisha Dillard, South Suburban Chicago Nathaniel Simpson, South Suburban Chicago Darian Alston, Southwestern Michigan Julian Alston, Southwestern Michigan Ollie Barnes, Southwestern Michigan Arianna Dickason, Southwestern Michigan Jalen Evans, Southwestern Michigan Sariah Metcalfe, Southwestern Michigan Miles Pruitt, Southwestern Michigan
Imani Sytsema, Southwestern Michigan Natalie Boyd, Spartanburg I. Blake Koman, Spartanburg Talia Bennett, St. Louis Joshua Blair, St. Louis Mauryn Buckner-Swain, St. Louis Meridian Buckner-Swain, St. Louis Josia Cazer, St. Louis Nanding Ceesay, St. Louis Grace Colbert, St. Louis Christina Gardner, St. Louis Jayln Henderson, St. Louis Jayme Henderson, St. Louis Asha Hopton, St. Louis Ryan Hunter, St. Louis Ashantie Knighten, St. Louis Veronica Knighten, St. Louis Rahny Longley, St. Louis Rachel Middleton, St. Louis John Miller, St. Louis Kayla Moore, St. Louis Miles Peters, St. Louis Kirk Quigless, St. Louis Miles Quigless, St. Louis Samaj Ramsey, St. Louis Remi Roberts, St. Louis Jabril Saleem, St. Louis Allyson Sanders, St. Louis Ranisha Shelton, St. Louis Ranita Shelton, St. Louis Sydney Smith, St. Louis Clarke Stacker, St. Louis Chloe Stallion, St. Louis Graham Stoddard, St. Louis Matthew Threats, St. Louis Kirk Washington, St. Louis Erika Wilson, St. Louis Kendall Battles, Stamford-Norwalk Alexander Clarke, Stamford-Norwalk Sydney Coffield, Stamford-Norwalk Christopher Griffin, Stamford-Norwalk Jenna Hyman, Stamford-Norwalk Chandler Jean-Jacques, Stamford-Norwalk Jacky Jean-Jacques, Stamford-Norwalk Jordan McDonald, Stamford-Norwalk Nicole Miller, Stamford-Norwalk Mackenzie Morre, Stamford-Norwalk Amber Tapscott, Stamford-Norwalk Emma Thompson, Stamford-Norwalk Logan Woods, Stamford-Norwalk Justin McKinnie, Stone Mountain Lauryn Tillman, Stone Mountain Autumn Williams, Stone Mountain Austin Wyche, Stone Mountain Kayla Bellow, Tri-Valley Lauryn Bellow, Tri-Valley Maya Branco, Tri-Valley Camille Bright, Tri-Valley Ty Coleman, Tri-Valley Brittney Deadwiler, Tri-Valley Sydney Duran, Tri-Valley Austin Fields, Tri-Valley Taylor Fields, Tri-Valley Alexis Gaines, Tri-Valley Brian Hannah, Tri-Valley Scott Hannah, Tri-Valley Sean Hannah, Tri-Valley Niambi Hawkins, Tri-Valley Tatiana Hobson, Tri-Valley Nethaniel Jones, Tri-Valley Nicolas Jones, Tri-Valley Sean Lucas, Tri-Valley Marissa Patrick, Tri-Valley Phillip Patrick, Tri-Valley Kenneth Tompkins, Tri-Valley
Madison Walkes, Tri-Valley Taylor West, Tri-Valley Briana Willhite, Tri-Valley Shelby Wofford, Tri-Valley Nicholas Armoudian, Tulsa Sophia Armoudian, Tulsa Bryce Goines, Tulsa Helaina Hardman, Tulsa Ryan Johnson, Tulsa Taylor Mosby, Tulsa Jillian Owens, Tulsa Victoria Turner, Tulsa Blaise Bell, West Suburban Chicago Kayla Bell, West Suburban Chicago Corbin Chube, West Suburban Chicago Taylor Demming, West Suburban Chicago Christopher Finch, West Suburban Chicago Brandon Hebron, West Suburban Chicago Chandler Kingsley, West Suburban Chicago Lindsey Miller, West Suburban Chicago Peyton Mitchell, West Suburban Chicago Nathaniel Noble, West Suburban Chicago Lauren Ransom, West Suburban Chicago Isis Ruff, West Suburban Chicago Kira Sears, West Suburban Chicago Tyler Thompson, West Suburban Chicago Wesley Vaughn, West Suburban Chicago Peyton Wade, West Suburban Chicago Joya Woodard, West Suburban Chicago Camille Caldwell, Williamson County Area Xavier Howard, Williamson County Area Xon Howard, Williamson County Area Ethan Jackson, Williamson County Area Ian Jackson, Williamson County Area Jhames Lloyd-Nelson, Williamson County Area Pamela McMillan, Williamson County Area Del McSpadden, Williamson County Area Lauryn McSpadden, Williamson County Area Anisa Moore, Williamson County Area Richard Obayagbona, Williamson County Area Andrew Young, Williamson County Area Gabrielle Bennett, Windy City McKenzie Cooper, Windy City Ashlei Eaton, Windy City Bryce Ellen, Windy City Kara Jackson, Windy City Eric Jenkins, Windy City Danielle Murray, Windy City Grant Peebles, Windy City Justin Peebles, Windy City Brent Stevenson, Windy City Taylor Thomas, Windy City Langston Wren, Windy City Tiffany Askew, Ypsilanti Wayne Askew, Ypsilanti Dana Boyd, Ypsilanti Alanna Brown, Ypsilanti Jared Davis, Ypsilanti Ayanna Duffin, Ypsilanti Morgan Dukes, Ypsilanti Arthur Dukes, III, Ypsilanti Jessica Gardiner, Ypsilanti Kamala Glenn, Ypsilanti Kameron Glenn, Ypsilanti Christian Johnson, Ypsilanti Christopher Johnson, Ypsilanti Kenneth Johnson, II, Ypsilanti Andrew Littleton, Ypsilanti Matthew Peoples, Ypsilanti Zoe Talley, Ypsilanti Nicolas Wicker, Ypsilanti
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Tamara Turnley Robinson, National President | Southeastern Region Gladys Henderson, National Program Director | South Central Region Crystal Turner, National Treasurer | Central Region Regina Page, National Editor | Far West Region Kimberley Goode, National Corresponding Secretary | Mid-Western Region Tammy King, National Vice-President | Eastern Region Allison Copeland, National Recording Secretary | Mid-Atlantic Region, Center 156â€ƒ