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.
Chapter Programming is the “heart” of the organization. It is the way that we “create a medium of contact for children that stimulates growth and development.” The Chapters’ 2018-2020 programming requires that at least one activity (in each grade group) be accomplished centered on the National Program Thrusts under EDUCATION, CULTURAL, CIVIC, SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL, and HEALTH.
Jack and Jill of America, Inc. believes that it is important for youth to learn fiscal responsibility at an early age. The Pomona Area Chapter continues to participate in various activities that provide these learning experiences and lessons that focus on financial literacy. Jack and Jill of America Inc. financial literacy modules offer youth ages 6-19 an opportunity to participate in basic financial training and real-world approaches in learning the principles of responsible money management firsthand. Those lessons include mock stock market simulations and also budgeting, starting from an early age, we share principles for success with our children.
Jack and Jill of America, Inc. encourages exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) from an early age. It is vital to provide opportunities for our children to enhance their future. The Pomona Area Chapter has planned activities that will afford our children hands-on STEAM experiences.
Health: Healthy Living
Jack and Jill of America, Inc. promotes living a healthy lifestyle. Being physically active is a key component to getting and staying healthy. The Pomona Area Chapter has also shown a commitment to health and wellness. Mothers plan activities such as walks, hikes, and marathons. The children are also included in activities that promote healthy lifestyles.
Health: Mental Health
Jack and Jill of America, Inc. understands the importance of mental health balance for our Youth and Teens. In addition to planned activities, mothers and children will participate in other activities that arise in the community around mental health awareness for our families.
Civic: Legislative Advocacy
Since inception of Jack & Jill of America, Inc., we have been committed to legislation aimed at bettering the lives of all children. We have promoted legislative advocacy with focus on violence in the media, health and wellness initiatives, voter registration, responsible gun laws, and equal access to quality education. The Pomona Area Chapter provides our children and Mothers with an opportunity to engage in activities that demonstrate our mission and issues that affect American children and their families.
Civic: Community Service
Jack and Jill of America, Inc. members and their families have logged thousands of hours of volunteer service. Both members and children participate in activities such as annual walks, marathons, beautification projects, youth mentoring and other initiatives focused on making a difference in the communities we serve. The Pomona Area Chapter focuses community service efforts in the following main areas: Women’s Health and Well-Being; Children’s Health and Well-Being and Underprivileged Youth. Our chapter has participated in walks such as the MS Walk, End Epilepsy Walk and Bike Ride, and also contributed both monetary donations and the donation of much needed items to various charitable organizations.
Social/Recreational: Oratorical Masters
For children to operate successfully in society, they must be prepared and develop skills in the art of interacting with others in a healthy, positive and productive manner. The Pomona Area Chapter works to encourage social interaction with each activity.