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 South Suburban Chicago Chapter of Jack & Jill, Incorporated’s website. Organized in 1976, our chapter has been recognized over the years for its programming and for being a leader in providing scholarships to local high school graduates. The Organization’s National Theme is:
“Power & Potential: Parents Empowering Youth through Leadership Development, Cultural Heritage and Community Service”.
Jack & Jill is recognized as the premier African-American family organization
due to its four main initiatives which has been identified by our National President,Tamara Robinson, as:
• Embracing the power of our role as mothers and parents in raising world
• Embracing the power of our cultural heritage; and
• Effectively leveraging our power to create positive change in our communities;
• Raising awareness of the organization in the community as parenting experts.
This year will mark the end of the organization’s 75th Diamond Anniversary and the beginning of our chapter’s charge to “Shine Bright, Like a Diamond in all that we set out to do. In remaining consistent with the National Organization’s initiatives and goals, South Suburban Chicago will remain dedicated to “nurturing and strengthening leadership skills in our children between the ages of 2 to 19 by providing them with the necessary tools through programming to become future leaders through leadership development, community service, philanthropic giving, and volunteerism”.
By creating and organizing excellent programs for our youth, we are confident that our children will be armed with the necessary tools to go forward and “Shine Bright, Like a Diamond” and make this world a better place.
South Suburban Chicago also recognize that excellent leadership development for our children must also include excellent community service initiatives. In an effort to show our support for our community service initiatives we have partnered with several community service organizations including, but not limited to, Respond Now, March of Dimes and local churches in the community, While we have come to appreciate that oftentimes the only difference between a good leader and a great leader is through giving and community service. It is our goal to always, “Shine Bright, Like a Diamond” and not just achieve good results and make good impact to the community but rather to achieve GREAT results and make GREAT impact to the 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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