Chapter News

#jjswims: 2018 Swim Lessons Sponsored by Knoxville Chapter (April 2018)

As a part of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.’s national effort to save children’s lives by promoting swim lessons in our communities, the Knoxville Chapter has partnered with the Haslam Family Boys and Girls Club to sponsor free swim lessons for 10 youth this summer. In addition, children and teens from the chapter will have opportunities to earn volunteer hours by assisting with the program.

Knoxville Chapter Partners with Chick-fil-A to Promote Early Childhood Literacy (January 2018)

For the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, the Knoxville Chapter partnered with Chick-fil-A West Hills to promote early childhood literacy and the joy of reading. The chapter  distributed over 250 donated storybooks from Chick-fil-A to children along the parade route. The Chick-fil-A cow also marched with the chapter and helped create a sense of excitement among the children and their families.

Royal Teens Recognized At 2017 Teen Conference (July 2017)

Several Royal Teens from the Knoxville Chapter recently participated in the 61st Annual Teen Leadership Conference in Orlando hosted by the Southeastern Region of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. The purpose of the conference was to empower teens to make a difference in their communities through educational achievement, leadership development, and community service. Teen President Tyra Thomas served as the delegate, and Teen Secretary Erynn Love served as the alternate for the Knoxville Chapter.   Attendees also included Darryl Craig Bonner, Cameron Malone, and Maya Weaver.  The Knoxville Chapter is proud of the following teens who earned recognition during the conference:

Darryl Bonner, Chair, Teen Communication Board and Merit for Outstanding Teen

Cameron Carter, 2nd place, State Oratorical Winner

Cameron Malone, Excellent Scholastic Achievement

Tyra Thomas, Distinguished Leadership


Knoxville Chapter Program Planning Retreat: Honor the Past and Secure the Future (June 2017)

The mothers of the Knoxville Chapter held their annual program planning retreat to organize a calendar of exciting and enriching programming for the chapter’s three grade groups: Royal Teens, Twixt ‘N Tweens, and Whats ‘N Whys/Primary and Intermediates. Chapter programs adhere to the national program thrust and provide constructive educational, cultural, civic, recreational, and social activities.


2017 Ann Owen Gordon Teen Oratorical Competition (April 2017)

Knoxville Chapter Royal Teen Cameron Alyssa Carter placed second in the 2017 Ann Owen Gordon Teen Oratorical Competition in Jackson, TN.  The theme of this year’s competition was “Because of our Past, Our Heritage will Last.”  Cameron is the daughter of Elder Stan Carter and Dationa Carter-Mitchell, Esq.  Congratulations, Cameron!


Literacy Matters: Jack and Jill of America Foundation Reading Corner Grant (February 2017)

The Knoxville Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. received support from the Jack and Jill of America Foundation to create a reading corner for children in the Knoxville community. Through a partnership with The First Tee of Greater Knoxville, the Knoxville Chapter mothers, teens, and children designed a creative space for reading and thinking that includes an inspirational mural and décor as well as books that feature positive African American characters, authors, or illustrators. The reading corner serves school-aged children, from kindergarten through third grade, and provides literacy enrichment for participants in the First Tee’s afterschool program.


2016 Literary Masterminds Contest (July 2016)

Jack and Jill of America (JJOA), Incorporated, in partnership with Brown Girls Books Publishing Company, encourages the literary talents of our children by selecting outstanding poems and short stories for publication in the first JJOA Anthology: The Super Chronicles, which will be showcased at the 2016 42nd National Convention in Palm Desert, CA.

Below is a winning entry by Knoxville Chapter Whats ‘N Whys member Nia L. Vaughn, daughter of Clarence and Syreeta Vaughn. Congratulations, Nia!


The Power to Make a Difference

By Nia L Vaughn

To make a difference and to be different, are different.
I can make a difference when I help others with Jack & Jill.

I am only in kindergarten. I can’t do what big kids do. But, I raise money to help others.
I volunteer.
I march for freedom in the MLK Parade.
I share in Carole Robertson Day.
I share with my Jack & Jill friends.
I help my sister every day.

That is making a difference.