Our founding mother, 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.


Today, Jack and Jill boasts over 230 chapters nationwide in 35 states and the District of Columbia, representing over 30,000 family members. Each chapter plans annual programming activities guided under a national theme.  Through service projects, Jack and Jill of America creates a medium of contact for children to stimulate their growth and development.  “To us as mothers, it [Jack and Jill] has become a means of furthering an inherent and natural desire …to bestow upon our children all the opportunities possible for a normal and graceful approach to a beautiful adulthood.”  Marion Stubbs Thomas


We continue to honor our proud history by remembering our core values and evoling as an organization.  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.  Our national theme for 2012-2014 is “Power and Potential: Parents Empowering Youth through Leadership Development, Cultural Heritage and Community Service."   This theme embraces the tradition of the Founders, and continues to aid in establishing Jack and Jill of America, Inc. as the premier African American family organization by:

  • Embracing the power of our role as mothers and parents in raising world leaders;
  • Embracing the power of our cultural heritage;
  • Effectively leveraging our power to create positive change in our communities; and
  • Raising awareness of the organization in the community as parenting experts.

Where to Find Us:

Greater Grand Rapids Chapter of JJOA
P.O. Box 3744
Grand Rapids, MI 49501


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