Santa Clarita Valley/Antelope Valley Chapter

Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

Welcome to our website!

I am honored to serve as the 5th president of the Santa Clarita Valley/Antelope Valley chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.  As a charter     member of this amazing chapter, I have had the pleasure to see our chapter grow throughout the years.  I remember our first interest meeting and how the room full of mothers was hopeful and excited about the possibilities. 

Since then, we have planted trees, donated books and personal items to foster children, helped the homeless, walked to support important causes, hosted fundraisers to raise money for Jack and Jill Foundation and local non-profit organizations, written cards for veterans, visited senior citizen centers and hosted a STEM expo for our community.  In fact, several of our youth have earned President Obama’s Volunteer Service Award for community service.  In 2015, we also had the distinct pleasure and honor to host a mothers’ cluster for the southern chapters of the Fabulous Far West Region.  This is just a glimpse of what we have accomplished as a chapter.     

Through various programming for children ages 2-19 every month, our children have learned about financial skills, philanthropy, healthy choices, character building, proper etiquette, career opportunities and the court system among other things.  Our families have also enjoyed a myriad of fun events, including, camping excursions, cultural celebrations and family picnics.     

Our work is not done though!  We have an exciting year planned for our families, and we look forward to continuing to serve our community and building new relationships.  During my administration, we will continue to work together to help our chapter reach new heights.

 When our chapter was chartered in 2008, we became a part of a phenomenal national non-profit organization that has existed since 1938.  Jack and Jill has a rich history and the mission to nurture future African American leaders is clear.  With nearly 80 years of service, Jack and Jill now represents 40,000 family members throughout the nation.  I am proud to be a part of an organization that continues to remain relevant and makes a difference.      

 I appreciate your interest in our chapter.   Thank you for taking the time to learn

 more about Jack and Jill. 

 Continuing the Mission,

 Ebony Macon Johnson

 President, 2016-2018
 Santa Clarita Valley/Antelope Valley Chapter
 Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

The Santa Clarita Valley/Antelope Valley Chapter was charted on September 13, 2008 with a ceremony and celebration, which included Regional organization leaders.  Thirty-four mothers made up the chapter membership. 

Mothers Kim Hudson and Katrina Schauble led an interest group into a provisional chapter, ultimately resulting in the chapter's inception.  The two served as the chapter's first president and vice-president, respectively.
History


 MISSION: Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2-19, dedicated to nurturing future African-American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.


The late Marion Stubbs Thomas founded Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated on January 24, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Twenty mothers came together to discuss creating an organization to provide social, cultural and educational opportunities for youth between the ages of two and nineteen. In 1946, ten chapters were involved in the national restructuring process. Constitution and bylaws were drawn up and the organization was incorporated under the laws of the state of Delaware.

Today, Jack and Jill boasts over 230 chapters nationwide, representing over 40,000 family members. Each chapter plans annual programming activities guided under a national theme. Through service projects, Jack and Jill of America creates a medium of contact for children to stimulate their growth and development.

“To us as mothers, it [Jack and Jill] has become a means of furthering an inherent and natural desire …to bestow upon our children all the opportunities possible for a normal and graceful approach to a beautiful adulthood.”  --Marion Stubbs Thomas

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