Programming is at the heart of what we do! Youth are engaged in activities planned by mothers that emphasize cultural, social, educational and civic activities, which set the foundations for successful leaders. Richmond Chapter Mothers host monthly grade group activities. Additionally, there are chapter-wide and cross-chapter (i.e. joint activities with James River, Midlothian, and Greater Fredericksburg Chapters) events included in each program year.
Our Families Matter! The Hate U Give Watch Party (Civic)
The Senior Teens hosted a Watch Party for the critically acclaimed movie “The Hate U Give” based on the book by Angie Thomas. The Senior Jacks and Jills rented out a movie theater at a local Richmond Cinema. They hosted nearly 200 teens and their families from surrounding JJOA Chapters as well as members of the community. Each ticketholder received a hard copy of the book along with a discussion guide. Two Richmond City Police Officers conducted a question and answer session with the audience after the movie. The discussion was informative and enlightening and helped to dispel myths and fears regarding the police and their interaction with members of the African American Community.
Black History Month Event 2018 (Cultural)
The Richmond, James River, and Midlothian Chapters of Jack and Jill of America came together for the finale performance of Songs From The Soul, a play exploring the origins of Black music from Africa to present day at the Virginia Repertory Theater. It was a phenomenal experience for both parents and the children. The children especially enjoyed the question and answer session with the cast. This collaborative event was truly an empowering and educational experience for all ages.
For more information about the play and the Virginia Repertory Theater's Children's Theater at Willow Lawn, please click here.
Get Out the Vote 2017 (Legislative)
Over 40 children, teens, moms, dads, and friends converged at the Abner Clay Park in the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood in Richmond Virginia to prepare to celebrate our beloved Jill Carole Robertson. In her honor, our chapter tasked itself with getting out the vote and getting citizens registered to vote. In preparation, the Richmond Chapter registered with the State Board of Elections, went through the required training, and prepared application packets which included “I Registered to Vote” stickers. During our event, parents and children were trained on how to approach people by going through various scenarios in preparation for the task at hand. The importance of voting was also stressed as it is a Constitutional Right that was hard-fought for by African-Americans. Also during our time at the park, the little ones decorated clipboards while others partook of the playground to limber up their muscles for the walk to and around the 2nd Street Festival--the event where we would get out the vote. Prior to walking to the festival, we convened to commemorate Carole Robertson Day through the Remembrance Ceremony led by our Junior and Senior Teens after which we had a lesson on the significance of the 2nd Street Festival and the rich history of the “Harlem of the South” named Jackson Ward. In teams, our chapter walked to and around the 2nd Street Festival spreading the word about voting and making sure people were registered. To close out the day, families gathered for food, fun, and great music.