Programming is ‘what we do’ and one of the main goals of Inglewood Chapter is Meaningful and Innovative Children’s Programming.
One of the hallmarks of Jack and Jill is its emphasis on youth development with our youth leadership programs. Jack and Jill has taken ownership in responsibility for developing future leaders who possess the skills to be world leaders through dynamic chapter programming. In keeping with our National Program Thrusts, Inglewood Chapter’s programming platform includes EDUCATION, CULTURAL, CIVIC, SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL, and HEALTHY activities.
There are five children’s groups, divided by grade and it is during a special planning meeting held in the summer preceding the upcoming program year that mothers organize annual events and calendars for each grade group from the beginning of the program year in September through the end of the program year in June. Members and children gather monthly, whether as a group or as a chapter and oftentimes meet at other times to maintain group contact and just ‘have fun’. The five children’s groups include:
Volunteer Service: Inglewood Chapter teens, organize to complete hundreds of hours of volunteer service on an annual basis including assembling hundreds of toiletry baskets for the Midnight Mission of Inglewood, beautification projects at the Mission’s Family Housing Project, serving as volunteers at Ciclavia Los Angeles, participating in March for Babies and youth mentoring for college preparation. Individual teens also qualified for the U.S. President Volunteer Service Award.
Financial Literacy: Teens groups learn fiscal responsibility through Jack and Jill’s financial literacy module through exciting program activities: mock stock market simulations; and basic financial training in learning the principles of responsible money management firsthand – “putting some aside”.
Legislative Advocacy: Past and present legislative advocacy focus has been on violence in the media, health and wellness initiatives, voter registration, safe internet access, responsible gun laws, and equal access to quality education. Biennially, Jack and Jill Teens and Mothers participate in the On the Hill Summit in Washington, D.C., creating awareness among Congressional leaders about our mission and issues that affect American children and their families.
Teens also participate in an annual Teen Conference of leadership seminars, oratorical contests addressing issues of social justice, seminars on African American Heritage, and college preparation. During regional teen conference, teens throughout the Far West Region convene for a four day period on campuses of colleges and universities in the Far West Region.