Programming is the Heart of Jack and Jill. Through our chapter-wide, age group and Senior Teen activities, our children share unique civic, social, educational and leadership development opportunities. Our goal, through our programming is to help our children grow into civic-minded leaders dedicated to the betterment of their communities. Our programming centers around our national programming thrusts: Cultural, Education, Civic, Health, Social/Recreational—allowing our chapter to promote well-rounded, multi-faceted and highly engaging Jack and Jill experience.
Highlights of our robust and impressive programming activities include:
Leadership and Education: We build leadership skills and enhance education opportunities for our children through Gavel Club where our children learn public speaking skills; our annual “Shark Tank” competition emphasizing financial literacy, business, and entrepreneur skills; and annual completion of The Jacqueline Moore Bowles Leadership Module, comprised of 16 modules providing the necessary skills required to effectively lead in a constantly changing society.
Civic: We are very proud of our wide footprint of community service in our area. We have long-standing relationships with local service the Boys and Girls Club of Gaithersburg, Manna Food Bank, Montgomery County Public Libraries, and the National Center for Children and Families. In addition to those relationships, we regularly support the Stepping Stones Shelter, Gaithersburg Elementary School, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and a Wider Circle.
Cultural: Cultural programming is essential to building a sense of pride. We stress the importance of appreciating African-American culture through our Annual Black History Month program, Gavel Club showcase. We also support cultural events and productions that highlight the African-American experience such as the Hip-Hop Nutcracker, Akeelah and the Bee, “The Hate U Give” and “Black Panther” films, the Reginald Lewis Museum and the National Museum of African-American History and Culture.
Health—We promote and support our children’s holistic healthy development through programs where they learn how to stay physically and mentally healthy. We take advantage of the plentiful trails and pathways in area with regular hiking and exploration activities. Our middle and high schoolers hold “rap” sessions on mindfulness techniques to manage stress and anxiety. Younger age groups participate in yoga, capoeira and other classes to teach different ways to be physically and mentally healthy.
Chapter and Family Activities: With programming as the heart of Jack and Jill, our families are the soul of our chapter. Our families come together to support community service activities at our annual Jack and Jill Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and MLK Day of Service. We hold family-friendly gatherings where we fellowship and share meals throughout our program year. We come together to support our chapter fundraisers to support the Jack and Jill Foundation and local organizations such as the United Negro College Fund and the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. We also gather each year for our annual chapter worship service.