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
Our National Story
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 2 and 19. In 1946, 10 chapters were involved in the national restructuring process. The constitution and bylaws were drawn up, and the organization was incorporated under the laws of the state of Delaware.
Today, Jack and Jill boasts more than 230 chapters nationwide, representing more than 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, [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
Our Chapter Story
On October 30, 2016 Fifty-two mothers proudly chartered the Greater Suburban Maryland Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. The third chapter in Prince George’s County Maryland and the 58th chapter in the Mighty Eastern Region underscores the continued growth of the organization and the desire of mothers to make a difference in their communities while creating priceless opportunities for leadership and cultural development for their own children.
This illustrious journey began in May 2013 when nine (9) mothers organized to form the Greater Suburban Maryland (GSM) Group. Mesheca Bunyon, Tanya DeLeon, Kimberly Hall, Felicia Jones, Tranae Jones, Rebecca Muse, Terri Powell-Brown, Alyssa King Turner, and Brittany Woolfolk. Eight (8) of the original nine moved forward to develop the framework for GSM, establishing interim officers, researching the process to form a chapter of Jack and Jill, and adopting the comparison to the butterfly as a symbolism of the growth and development of our group. Many of these individuals went on to join other Jack and Jill of America, Inc. chapters prior to GSM obtaining provisional group status.
In July of 2013, GSM began meeting as a group and the growth, commitment, and programming were notable to Jack and Jill leadership and the community. As mothers formed and executed a full year of programming and bonding, the spirit and goals of GSM flourished with over 40 Mothers. Inviting friends of like minds, desire, temperament, ability, and style to join the group, the first formal request to Jack and Jill of America, Inc. for consideration as a chapter was submitted.
GSM adopted the butterfly as being symbolic of both growth and development. Butterflies are a symbol of transformation as shown through their impressive process of metamorphosis, which is powerful in its likeness to our own personal growth. The stages, difficulties, and final emergence into a beautiful and colorful butterfly cultivated from what was once an unattractive crawling creature, shows the power of the human spirit and how our children in particular surpass challenges, learn, and eventually soar to greater heights!
The journey continued under the leadership of President and Organizer Alyssa King Turner. On November 27, 2014, the Greater Suburban Maryland Group resubmitted its formal request for consideration to present our group to become a chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. The resolve, commitment, and patience of the 60 mothers of GSM, coupled with continuous programming and thriving as a functioning group, led to receipt of an April 7, 2015 letter from the National Vice President, Joli Cooper-Nelson to communicate congratulations on behalf of the National Executive Board, granting GSM Provisional Group status.
Working passionately, the mothers of GSM executed three full years of programming and community service, creating partnerships with the Salvation Army Angel Tree Project, Prince George’s County Department of Social Services, Fort Washington Forest Community Center, and ABC Dentistry’s Community Day. Enjoying a plethora of children’s age group activities and group-wide family events, GSM families continue to work and play together while developing priceless bonds of friendship.
The educational process included various workshops from Eastern Regional Officers and Sponsoring Chapter, National Harbor Chapter, and webinars from the National Executive Board which prepared the mothers of GSM for the next step in the journey. In July 2016, Twenty-two mothers traveled to the 42nd National Convention in Palm Desert California to present GSM for consideration. On Friday, July 29, 2016 GSM received the honor of becoming a Provisional Chapter.
The 52 phenomenal Charter members of GSM that carried the torch to the finish include, Mothers Adiah Jones-Floyd, Alethia M. Hughes, Althea Simone Brown, Alyssa King Turner, Ayanna Dawn Hampton, Barbara Denise Waits, Camelle Lorraine Carson, Camille Wright, Carleena Graham, Cassandra Garrison Guichard, Cassandra Irby, Chanda D. Adkisson, Courtney A. Bracey, Deidra A. Davis, Francine Hines, Granada Butler, Harriett Y. T. Richmond, Jacquannette Hollie, Jasibi Crews West, Keisha N. King, Kia R. Fitzgerald, Kiesha Powell, Kisha Reaves, LaShaun Martin, Laura Varner-Norman, Michelle Devonne Williams, Monique Brockington Banks, Natasha C. Hill, Nayoka Dennis Irving, Nichelle L. Sandy, Nicoe Kimberly McCoy, Nicole Nelson, Pamela Bulgar Bond, Renee Haynes Leggett, Sadarie Chambliss Holston, Saran Martin, Sherilyn Z. Pruitt, Shimla D. Anderson-Harris, Solange A. Garvey, Sonya N. Williams, Tamara Davis Brown, Tamara Evette Johnson, Tanek Jenkins, Tarnisha Leslie Semedo, Tawanda Spears Maignan, Tawanna Jefferson Cockrell, Tiffani C. Redding, Tina McRae-Phelps, Titra Gainey Hamilton, Toni Ross Harris, Vivian Luke Vanzego, and Vonetta Norman.
Executive Board Members
Alyssa King Turner
Tamara Davis Brown
Solange Garvey Williams