The Chapter that Shines Bright, Like a Diamond!
South Suburban Chicago Chapter
Message From Our President
Meet our South Suburban
“Power & Potential: Parents Empowering Youth through Leadership Development, Cultural Heritage and Community Service”
Deadra Woods Stokes
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Welcome to the Award Winning South Suburban Chicago Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated’s website. Our chapter was organized in 1976 and has been recognized for our outstanding children programming and providing scholarships to local high school students in the South Suburban Chicago community.
Jack & Jill of America, Incorporated is a National Organization which was organized on January 24, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by the late Marion Stubbs Thomas. Today the organization is comprised of over 230 chapters nationwide with over 40,000 family members.
The mission of our organization is dedicated to nurturing future African-American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. This is achieved through organizing activities and community service initiatives that not only operate to benefit the children of the members of our organization but the children of the very communities where we reside.
Our current National President, Tammy King, has identified the 2014-2016 National Theme as “The Power to Make a Difference”. This theme serves to complement the programming delivered at the chapter level by focusing on initiatives that will equip our members and youth with the power to make a difference in our chapters, communities and in the lives of children around the country.
Since its inception in 1976, the South Suburban Chicago Chapter has continued to excel in the areas of Community Service in the South Suburban Chicago area by supporting our local Community Service partner, Respond Now, and the local Girls & Boys Club of Chicago Heights as a result of the organizations National partnership.
The South Suburban Chicago Chapter was the recent recipient of a National Award for “Best Community Youth Involvement” for our outstanding 2014 Anti-Violence Summit which was comprised of activities for children from Kindergarten to High School. Our goal as a chapter is to continue to remain a positive impact in our community while developing outstanding future leaders in our children.
Aside from the community service initiatives, our chapter is most excited to offer Annual Scholarships to graduating High School Seniors who attend local area high schools. Each year we have been able to provide financial assistance to area High School students from the profits generated from our Annual Fundraisers thanks to our many contributors and sponsors.
While oftentimes the only difference between being recognized as a good leader in the community versus a great leader is through giving back and community service.
Our chapter’s goal is to ALWAYS exemplify OUTSTANDING leadership by continuing to ‘RISE TO THE TOP’ in all that we do for our children and for the community that we serve. South Suburban Chicago recognizes that in order to truly “RISE TO THE TOP” we must collectively strive to not just achieve good results and make positive impact in the community but we must achieve GREAT results and make GREAT impact in our community.
South Suburban Chicago Chapter remains committed to making a difference in the lives of our children and the lives of the children that we touch in our community.
Deadra Woods Stokes
President, South Suburban Chicago Chapter
Jack & Jill of America, Inc.
Approximately 300 guests attended the South Suburban Chicago Chapter's 2015 Masquerade Ball: A Night of Magic and Creativity on Saturday, January 24, 2015. The black-tie event took place at DiNolfo's Banquets of Homer Glen.
The program featured a cocktail reception and silent auction and an extraordinary evening of entertainment, dinner and dancing. The Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre set the tone of the event with a dramatic dance performance to "Masquerade/Why so Silent" from Phantom of the Opera.
The evening also included a performance by award-winning illusionist Walter King Jr. and a special presentation highlighting the Chapter's recent scholarship recipients. Attendees danced the night away to the sounds of Innersoul.
Funds raised in connection with the Masquerade Ball will support the Chapter’s scholarship and community service initiatives and the Jack and Jill of America Foundation.
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