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Programming is the heart and essence of Jack and Jill. It is through local programming efforts that children will be exposed to cultural enrichment and challenged to try new activities, acquire social skills and learn more about their African-American heritage. They can be encouraged to accept different leadership positions and hold office at the local and regional levels as they move through the teen group. Through the local chapter, they will make friends that last a lifetime.

The children’s annual program schedule for each grade group should include at least one activity centered on the national theme and/or the national programmatic thrust for the year. The programming requirements of Jack and Jill of America, including but not limited to: social, recreational, cultural, educational, civic, community service, health issues, legislative, leadership development and financial literacy.

Community Service is a pillar of Jack and Jill of America. We encourage our children to volunteer and we recognize them through the Jack and Jill of America Youth Volunteer Service Program. Each year, Jack and Jill children/teens submit verification that they conducted at least 25 hours
of volunteer service hours in the community. 
We expect our children to be lifelong community servants. It is very important that children and teens bond together to perform community service as a group during the program year.

National Black Family Day came about in May 1987 when William Gray III, Congressman from Pennsylvania, spoke with conviction when he entered a tribute to JJOA into the Congressional Record on May 5, 1987 as the organization embarked upon a Black Family Day of Celebration. Activities were to focus on the needs of children worldwide with special attention to the needs of children in Africa through our partnership with Africare.

Over time we have broadened our scope to focus on aspects of family and the cultural heritage of families for African Americans. Activities are planned around the family. Activities should promote the solidarity of the family by with events such as: family dinners, family worship, family communication, workshops, community service to children without families or support non-traditional families such as foster care homes, workshops on the need for black adoptions etc.

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