MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PA CHAPTER

Jack and Jill of America

We are dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. Let’s Work. Let’s Play. Let’s Live Together.

Our Location

Jack and Jill of America Montgomery County, PA chapter is in the Eastern Region of our National Organization. The theme of the Eastern Region “Focus on the Family” has always been supported by our organization. Promoting the development of our children is central to our purpose and to that end, we have continually developed activities that focused on four major areas: civic responsibility, cultural development, educational awareness, social responsibility and acceptability.

Location: Montgomery County, PA

President: Dr. Kelly Bethea

Our History

The Par-0-Monts organization was formed in September of 1982. Nineteen mothers attended the initial meeting, which formed the interest group of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. In February of 1983, the Par-O-Monts were notified that the National Office recognized the organization as a viable interest group. On May 19, 1984, a delegation of 12 members of the Par-0-Monts attended the workshop for Provisional Groups to prepare for the day our organization would become an installed group in the National Organization of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

Since our installation as the Montgomery County, PA Chapter, we have continued to uphold the values established in 1984. We have made significant financial contributions to Foundation and have served the National Organization.

Mission

Our Mission & Vision

Jack and Jill of America, Inc., is a membership organization of mothers with children ages two to nineteen, dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. The Montgomery County Chapter is one of more than 245 chapters nationwide. Each chapter plans annual programming activities guided under a national theme. 

A Word

From Our President

“Greetings from the Magnificent Montgomery County Pennsylvania Chapter! As the elected President for programming years 2018-2020, I wanted to take the time to introduce you to our wonderful family. Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is over 85 years old with greater than 230 chapters across the United States. Our magnificent chapter was established May 19, 1984 by 19 mothers and presently has 67 dynamic mothers who are dedicated to the more than 100 children of our chapter.  Read More.

– Dr. Kelly Bethea

Our Chapter

POWER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE: WE CAN DO MORE!

The 2018-2020 National Program theme is the POWER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE: WE CAN DO MORE! Our chapter has certainly risen to the call! Our teens were recognized for their philanthropic endeavors as well as their tremendous leadership skills placing in all competitions as the Eastern Regional Teen Conference. Our teens supported and ran a successful campaign as we were able to congratulate Pierce Hodges as Eastern Regional Teen Treasurer.

Our mother members continue to not only support the chapter; they also contribute greatly to the community around us. I am proud to call our mothers – friend and family- for wherever I look they are in the news, serving on panels and inspiring other mothers and children to excel and achieve. This is evident in our teens becoming engaged and winning awards at teen conference thanks to our mother teen advisors. Our children leading in our annual ecumenical service during our Love and Happiness Ski weekend as our mothers lead “His Crew” ministry. We remain an award-winning chapter, as we have consistently been nationally recognized for our Programming Handbook.

Our Groups

Copper Pennies: 2-4 years old
Silver Spoons: K-2nd Grade
Golden Nuggets: 3rd-5th Grade
Precious Jewels: 6th-8th Grade
Crown Jewels: 9th-12th grade.

Copper Pennies
We have developed activities that will foster relationships for a lifetime. By planting seeds centered on the National Program Thrusts under EDUCATION, CULTURAL, CIVIC, SOCIAL, and HEALTH. We believe that our little Copper Pennies have the “The Power to make a Difference”.
Silver Spoons
The Silver Spoons grade group is comprised of bright youth in Kindergarten through 2nd grade who are learning about a variety of topics including government, the arts, STEM and health & wellness. Their 2019-20 program year will include trips to the National Constitution Center, Elmwood Zoo and the March for Babies March of Dimes Walk. Additionally, our children will learn the impact they can make on the lives of others through a service project on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in January.
Golden Nuggets
The Golden Nuggets will play, serve, and go on a historical journey. From being of service at a home for seniors to zip lining at Urban Air to a journey through a hideaway on the Underground Railroad, our Elementary aged children experience it all during the 2019-2020 program year.
Precious Jewels
The 2019/2020 program year will be an exciting time for our Precious Jewels Middle Schoolers. Our program highlights will be a mix of field trips such as the black violin, community service projects and educational activities that enhance our political knowledge and social skills. We are focusing on building community, relationships and activism.
Crown Jewels

The Montgomery County, PA Chapter includes a TEEN group of vibrant 9th-12th graders, who are self-motivated and committed to the mission of our national organization.

Teens interact in a self-governing environment strategically aligned with the mothers’ program, aimed to develop and nurture leadership skills. Additionally, teens are encouraged to hold elected offices, chair committees and further develop their understanding of the value of community service.

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