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Welcome

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Greetings Members and Guests!

Welcome to our Chapter site!

Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated has served families and children across america for over 75 years by providing opportunities for leadership development, financial literacy, community service, educational, social, civic and recreational activities. This premiere family organization remains relevant and responsive to the rapidly changing needs of our families by embracing technology, building relationships with partner agencies and institutions and most importantly keeping children at the heart of everything we do.

The Jacksonville Chapter has a legacy of service to the children and families of Jacksonville through our commitment to the objects and aims of Jack and Jill  of America, Inc.  Since 1968 we have focused our attention on the Jacksonville Community through our Biannual Les Beautillion Militaire, and contributing our collective time, talents and treasure to Jacksonville organizations  serving children and families.

It is our desire to continue in the footsteps of our founding mothers and Jacksonville Charter Members.  By serving our community and investing in tomorrow’s leaders we will achieve excellence.

Patricia Sams
President

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Shannon McCants Scholarship Application

The Shannon Smith McCants Memorial Scholarship, was established by the Jacksonville Chapter of Jack & Jill of America Inc. through the Jack and Jill Foundation, to assist deserving local Jacksonville graduating seniors who are pursuing […]

The Shannon Smith McCants Memorial Scholarship, was established by the Jacksonville Chapter of Jack & Jill of America Inc. through the Jack and Jill Foundation, to assist deserving local Jacksonville graduating seniors who are pursuing a degree in pharmacy at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University.  A mother to two children (Derrick II and Sandra), wife to Derrick, and pharmacy manager, Shannon joined the Jacksonville Chapter of Jack & Jill of America as a Legacy member of the Mobile, Alabama chapter on March 14, 2004 and served as an active and committed leader of the organization.

Shannon Smith McCants graduated from Florida A & M with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy in 1991.  She was a devoted wife, loving mother and servant leader who died making a difference in her community and in her beloved profession of pharmacy.  Shannon was the Chief Pharmacist of the Ambulatory Pharmacy at Shands Jacksonville Hospital, when she was shot and killed on November 20, 2006 by a patient while she assisted them at the pharmacy.

 

Application submission is due April 10, 2017

Shannon McCants Scholarship Flyer

 

SMS Scholarship Application

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L.E.A.D. STEM Scholarship

What began nearly seventy-eight years ago as a small group of African-American mothers in Philadelphia who brought their own children together for social and cultural activities, Jack & Jill of […]

What began nearly seventy-eight years ago as a small group of African-American mothers in Philadelphia who brought their own children together for social and cultural activities, Jack & Jill of America Inc., has grown into a vibrant national organization positively impacting the lives of youth in more than 200 communities across the nation.  The members of the Jacksonville Chapter of Jack & Jill, formed in 1968 and currently composed of sixty families, have taken their legacy of service seriously, awarding over $30,000 in scholarships to deserving local high school and college students seeking to major in pharmacy or STEM fields of study.

“Nurturing the development of our children into tomorrow’s leaders continues to be a key mission of Jack & Jill and is the impetus behind all that we do,” according to Patricia Sams, a human resource professional and President of Jack & Jill’s Jacksonville Chapter.  “Several years ago we asked ourselves how we could make our programming more relevant and impactful to today’s youth.  Fortunately, our membership is comprised of professional mothers who are, not only aware of the ever changing dynamics and needs in the business world, but also keenly attuned to the needs of children.”

The 21st century demand for skilled workers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), as well as the arts (STEAM), has become closely linked to global competiveness and influenced the academic focus of students.   Kimberly Brooks Hall, an engineer, former legacy member and former chair of the Jacksonville Chapter’s Scholarship Committee expresses concern that “not enough young people are being inspired about interest in STEM.  Therefore, it is not surprising that statistics clearly support a lack of gender and ethnic diversity of students entering STEM educational programs; a development which consequently presents challenges later for minority and women college graduates seeking careers in the sciences.”

The Jacksonville Chapter is seeking high school student applicants from NE Florida (in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau or St Johns counties) interested in applying for the L.E.A.D. (Leaders Emerging As Dreamers) Scholarship.  This is for those who seek to major more broadly in a STEM-related field of study.  Scholarships ranging between $1,000-$1,500 will be awarded to students who meet the criteria and aim to positively impact the community.

Interested students may submit scholarship applications to the Jacksonville Chapter from January 23, 2017 to April 10, 2017.  Additional information on the L.E.A.D. Scholarship (STEM) may be obtained by contacting the scholarship committee of the Jacksonville Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. (c/o Mrs. Tonya Pearson, chairperson @ jaxjnjscholarship@gmail.com)

LEAD Scholarship Flyer

Lead Scholarship April 2017

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President Pat Sams Interview with First Coast News

For the second year, Jack and Jill Jacksonville Chapter is able to offer Empowering Boys to Be Men to 50 young men with two workshops on November 14th and December […]

For the second year, Jack and Jill Jacksonville Chapter is able to offer Empowering Boys to Be Men to 50 young men with two workshops on November 14th and December 5th.  This year, however, we are even more pleased to be able to include middle school students in the program offering access to information regarding financial literacy, college and career preparation, and a discussion with local law enforcement officials.

President Pat Sams was able to sit down with Keitha Nelson on First Coast News.

Youth Empowerment Training Program