Welcome to the Pittsburgh Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, a membership organization comprised of mothers with children ages 2-to-19-years- old.
Jack and Jill of America was founded on January 24, 1938 in Philadelphia, PA as a result of a meeting of 20 mothers, under the leadership of Marion Stubbs Thomas. Their intent was to bring children together in a social and cultural environment.
From the beginning, Jack and Jill of America focused on instilling the values and leadership skills that would serve each child well into adulthood. The Pittsburgh Chapter, founded in 1944, is the fourth oldest Chapter and continues to lead the regional charge to develop children, particularly in the African American community.
As your President, I look forward to creating and participating in edifying educational, cultural, civic, health, leadership, recreational, and social opportunities for our children; while simultaneously teaching them the importance of philanthropic giving, and volunteerism. We will, as a Chapter, participate in activities that encourage and support youth of the greater Pittsburgh community because as the old African proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child.”
I am proud and enthusiastic about this 2013-2014 programming year. We have embraced our national theme: “Power and Potential: Parents Empowering Youth through Leadership Development, Cultural Heritage and Community Service.” All the youth and family programming scheduled this year encourages and nurtures our youth, while proving opportunities for selfless service. I encourage you to take advantage of all the activities and programs scheduled for your youth and our families.
In 2014, Our chapter will celebrate 70 years of youth development, philanthropic giving, and community service. We will “Commemorate our illustrious history, Celebrate our past leaders and achievements and Cultivate the two as we look to the future” for our 70th Anniversary. The kick-off event for the 70th Anniversary year-long celebration will be the Anniversary Luncheon on January 25,2014 at the Fairmont Hotel, downtown, Pittsburgh. We will also hold a family outdoor gathering this summer and host our signature event, The Presentation Ball in December, 2014 which will culminate our year-long celebration.
In conclusion, I anticipate a fun filled and productive program year which embraces our national theme, celebrates our history, and supports our national partners. As we celebrate the Pittsburgh Chapter’s 70th Anniversary this year, we must always be diligent to adopt the aims of our founders:
- To aid mothers in learning more about their children by careful study.
- To seek for all children the same advantages which we desire for our own.
- To support all national legislation aimed at bettering the conditions of all children.
Carlotta K. Burgess
National Motto: “Let’s work, Let’s play, Let’s live together.”