Youth Leadership Programs
Since Jack and Jill of America, Inc., was founded in 1938, it has evolved into a strong national organization as a result of strong programming. Our founder, Marion Stubbs Thomas, had a simple idea of bringing together children in social and cultural relationships, and this idea avalanched into a strong national organization. Our story of growth is one of amity and felicity. As new members were welcomed and new chapters are formed, the aims and ideals of Jack and Jill have strengthened, always with our children and civic service as the focal points.
Chapter programs are primarily centered around leadership development, awareness of cultural heritage and community service. To these ends, we have established multifaceted initiatives such as STE[A]M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math), the Healthy Living Initiative (centered on lifestyle improvements and healthy development) and various projects with our national and local partners. The philosophy we embrace is one of holistic enrichment of our youth and, by extension, our communities. Our national theme is The Power to Make a Difference.
Children’s programming is the cornerstone of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. The Morris County Chapter is proud to provide programming and activities that deliver on one or more of the following criteria for the organization: they enhance the cultural, educational, civic, social, and recreational horizons of our children.
The Morris County Chapter strives to develop programming that is fresh, innovative, age-appropriate and specifically tailored to the interests of our children. While age groups may vary slightly from one chapter to the next, Morris County Chapter comprises the following grade-specific groups:
“M & M’s” – Group 1 Minimum 2 years old through Pre-K at school
“Tootsie Rolls” – Group 2 Kindergarten through 2nd Grade
“Commanders” – Group 3 3rd Grade through 5th Grade
“Over-Achievers” – Junior Teens 6th Grade through 8th Grade
“Ladies and Gents” – Teens 9th Grade through 12th Grade
As a general matter, the types of activities the Chapter develops and sponsors for all of our groups include nature hikes, museum visits, walking tours of historic neighborhoods, dramatic and performance art and musical shows, arts and crafts activities, apple and pumpkin picking, black history educational shows and celebrations, sports activities, city tours, street fairs and festivals, face painting, etc.
The Morris County Chapter endeavors to instill confidence and provide invaluable experience for our teens, as we are grooming future leaders in all aspects of life. As an example, and with the aid of adult advisors, they elect a slate of officers, develop their own programming, and conduct monthly business meetings using parliamentary procedure.