Alexandria – Mount Vernon Chapter Highlights

“Dream It, Achieve It”

“Dream It, Achieve It” was funded by a Jacqueline Robinson Grant from the Jack and Jill of America Foundation. During an eight week period, low income middle school and high school age children from Alexandria city participated in weekly workshops on topics such as overcoming obstacles, healthy nutrition, literacy, career choices. The program exposed the children to a variety of career choices, leadership skills, and goal strategies. It also instilled cultural appreciation in the children. The program culminated in ceremony which celebrated the children’s aspirations.

 

Joint Legislative Summit

Our Joint Legislative Summit won second place Legislative award at National Convention and first place in Eastern Region for Legislative Advocacy. During this event, 72 mothers, fathers, teens and children convened at the Virginia State Capitol for a Joint Legislative Summit to raise awareness of the importance and impact of high-quality early childhood education and childcare for all children in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Jack and Jill families visited with legislators and newly installed Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. The children and teens had a unique opportunity to question legislators. The Alexandria-Mount Vernon Chapter was joined by its sister chapters in Northern Virginia as part of this national legislative initiative.

 

Distinguished Chapter Member Awards/Honors:

The Alexandria – Mt. Vernon Chapter won 1st place for the Best of the Best Programming for Cultural Thrust at the 2016 National Convention for our Teen Book Signing Event. Special thanks to Tiffany Latham and Debra Henry for all of their hard work and to our young teen authors.

The Alexandria – Mt. Vernon Chapter won 1st place at the 2016 National Convenetion for our Book Nook project benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, Alexandria Branch. Special thanks to Suzanne Walker.

Alex ArmourJurnie BrayboyBrianna Latham, and Cameron Lucas each received the prestigious President Volunteer Service Award at the 2016 National Convention.

Mother member, Patricia Davison-Lewis, won our chapter Distinguished Mother award at the 2014 National Convention.

Past Teen President (2014-2015), Malachi Walker, honored as number one in the country for community service hours at the National Jack and Jill Convention.

About Jack and Jill of America

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 252 chapters nationwide, representing more than 40,000 family members.

Each chapter plans annual programming activities guided under our five point programmatic thrust:

Cultural Awareness

We remember the ways of living developed by communities and passed on from generation to generation, including customs, practices, places, objects, artistic expressions and values. Through our cultural heritage we honor and preserve those who are making a difference in our community by teaching our children to cherish their past and be excited about the future.

Educational Development

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. Whether it is through skill enhancement or understanding the concepts of integrity, Jack and Jill has become a national icon in creating effective leaders.

Social/ Recreational

We are social beings with a need for balance to function and maintain healthy lives. We believe it is necessary to engage our children both socially and recreationally, learning to interact with peers and others in a healthy, positive and productive manner. These activities promote processes that help to refresh and reinvigorate both the mind and body.

Health

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. We are committed to providing healthy behaviors and personal empowerment programming and training for families to live healthy lifestyles.

Civic

Since our inception, we have been committed to legislation aimed at bettering the lives of all children. Past and present legislative advocacy focus has been on violence in the media, health and wellness initiatives, voter registration, responsible gun laws, and equal access to quality education.

Membership

We are a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2 to 19, dedicated to nurturing future Leaders by supporting children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. Jack and Jill has 252 local chapters within 7 geographical regions in the United States.

Become a Member

If you are interested in becoming a member of this chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., you must be sponsored by a member(s) of the chapter. You will be invited to attend a meeting where pertinent information, such as the qualifications, cost, selection process, and other information will be discussed

An individual meeting all requirements and qualifications must then be approved by chapter vote to complete the selection process. Each chapter is autonomous and has specific criteria for sponsoring new members.

Legacy Membership

If you are a child or the spouse of a child whose mother graduated from a chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. in good standing and you meet the other criteria for membership, you are eligible for membership as a Legacy Member. Legacy forms can be obtained from our National Office.

    In the Spotlight

    Angela Dorsey2021 Distinguish Mother of the Year
    Christopher Shorter 2021 Distinguish Teen of the Year
    Sandra ClarkDistinguish Associate of the Year

    Leadership

    Our Chapter’s Leadership Board

    Elena Neely

    Chapter President

    Tammie Smiley

    Chapter Vice President

    Angela Dorsey

    Chapter Program Director

    Christina Berger

    Chapter Recording Secretary

    Rashida Shorter

    Chapter Corresponding Secretary

    Crystal Lander

    Chapter Treasurer

    Stephanie Moore

    Chapter Editor

    Community Service

    Local Philanthropies that we have had the honor of partnering with

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