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Joli Cooper-Nelson, (Southeastern Region)
25th  National President of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

National History

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.

Since that meeting in 1938, chapters have been organized across the entire United States. Today, Jack and Jill boast 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 create a medium of contact for children to stimulate their growth and development.

The objectives of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. are:

  • To create a medium of contact for children this will stimulate growth and development.
  • To provide for children a constructive educational, cultural, civic, recreational, and social program.

The aims are:

  •  To aid mothers in learning more about their children by careful study
  • To seek for all children the same advantages which we desire for our own
  • To support all National legislation aimed at bettering the conditions of all children

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