Jack and Jill of America Partners with Deconstructing Race Project
Jack and Jill of America, Inc. recently announced its partnership with the Deconstructing Race Project in collaboration with The Calhoun School and Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.” The Deconstructing Race Project aligns with the organization's continued mission to address issues related to children’s rights, leadership development and cultural awareness.
The complexities of race and race relations are ever present in today’s society. As parents, this project is critically important because it addresses the issue of institutionalized racism in our world through a compelling and innovative approach to effectively reach students, as well as teachers, parents, and policymakers. As a result, we hope young people can learn more about themselves and their own racial awareness and beliefs while working to help others. Jack and Jill will continue to forge and cultivate strategic partnerships like the Deconstructing Race Project. Such collaborations help our children, and others, create a truly inclusive and just society for all.
For more information about the Deconstructing Race project or to donate go to: www.calhoun.org
Jack and Jill of America, Inc. History
Marion Stubbs Thomas founded Jack and Jill of America, incorporated on January 24, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Twenty mothers came together to create an organization to provide social, cultural and educational opportunities for youth between the ages of 2 and 19.
The foundation upon which Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was formed still resonates today. Founder Thomas said, “To us as mothers, it has become a means of furthering an inherent and natural desire- the desire to bestow upon our children all the opportunities possible for a normal and graceful approach to a beautiful adulthood. It is intensely satisfying to predict a nationwide group of mothers and children bound together by similar interests and ideals. As we grow in numbers and achievements, may we always keep before us the lofty principles upon which Jack and Jill of America was founded.”
Today, Jack and Jill boasts more than 220 chapters nationwide, representing as many as 30,000 family members. Each chapter plans annual programming activities guided by a national theme. Through service projects, Jack and Jill of America, Inc. creates a medium of contact for children to stimulate their growth and development.