Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, (Jack and Jill) boasts 262 chapters nationwide, representing more than 50,000 family members. Each chapter plans annual programming activities guided under a general five-point programmatic thrust: cultural awareness, educational development, health (education and advocacy), civic (legislative advocacy and service) and social/recreational areas. Through service projects, Jack and Jill of America creates a medium of contact for children to stimulate their growth and development. Through lobbying, educational programming, dissemination of education materials, and the organization of community and charitable events, Jack and Jill has promoted the public awareness and interests of children including child development, child growth, child quality of life, child care and the promotion of children’s rights.
We are committed to empowering our children and teens to make a difference in their communities and in the world. One of the hallmarks of Jack and Jill is its emphasis on youth development with our youth leadership programs. Through preeminent programming in educational, cultural, civic, recreational and health related subject matter, we “create a medium of contact for children that stimulates growth and development.” Jack and Jill has become a national model for creating effective programs.
About the South Central Region
The South Central Region is steeped in a rich heritage of service and leadership. The idea of the regional structure was introduced in 1948 at the Third Annual Meeting of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, held in Washington, D.C. While various national committees were debating the suitability of restructuring the organization, the South Central Region was already at work. In 1952, two chapters west of the Mississippi were established. Initially, Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, had no plans to establish chapters west of the Mississippi. Sponsored by the Buffalo, New York Chapter, New Orleans was granted a charter, and on March 27, 1952 was installed, becoming the first chapter in Louisiana. In Houston, Texas, mothers were vigilant in their desire to bring a chapter there. On September 24, 1952, after two years of efforts, the Houston Chapter became the first chapter established in Texas. Thus, these two were the first chapters established in what would become the South Central Region five years later. Today, we proudly serve over 1,768 mothers, 965 associates and life members, 1,138 fathers, 1,570 children and 1,368 teens. Our thirty-two (32) chapters are located in the states of Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas. Growing and sustaining the Region is one of the current operational priorities. Currently, efforts are underway to explore and establish the first chapter in New Mexico and further expansion in Louisiana and Texas.