Chapter News

Knoxville Student Spurs Teacher’s Promise Bill

The “Power to Make a Difference” Jack and Jill Nia Vaughn inspires an amendement to a Bill, which would provide each teacher in Tennessee an additional $100 to purchase school supplies.

Souper Bowl of Caring

The Knoxville Chapter of Jack and Jill Children collected $2,001 in two days! This charity fundraiser was for food donations for the Love Kitchen.

Ann Gordon Owen Oratorical Contest Winners

Winners for the 2022 Ann Gordon Owen Oratorical Contest are as follows:

Division 1 Winner: Diondre Jackson

Divsion 2 Winner: Elijah Batiste

Winners for the 2021 Ann Gordon Owen Oratorical Contest are as follows:

Division 1 Winner: Delaney Jackson

Divsion 2 Winner: Ayanna Albright

#jjswims: Swim Lessons Sponsored by Knoxville Chapter 

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.

MLK Symposium 2020 – Austin East Magnet High School

The MLK Commission Youth Symposium team has again partnered with the Knoxville Chapter of Jack & Jill of America to provide a day of youth development and leadership training. We intend to continue to nurture and develop the next generation of leaders who will be inspired to reweave the fabric of our community for future children and youth.

Division I Winner – Delaney Jackson

Division II- Eliza Croom

Knoxville Chapter – MLK Parade  (January 2020)

For the 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, the Knoxville Chapter partnered with Commissioner Larsen Jay. The purpose of the parade is to offer the community a visual and audible display in tribute to the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Knoxville Chapter attends Knox County Commission Meeting  

The Knoxville Chapter Jack and Jill Family attended a commission meeting on January 21, 2020 and was recognized by Commissioner Larsen Jay. After the meeting, the Jack and Jill family had a meet and greet with Knox County Mayor Glen Jacobs.

Royal Teens Recognized At 2019 Teen Conference (June 2019)

Several Royal Teens from the Knoxville Chapter recently participated in the 63rd Annual Teen Leadership Conference in Miami 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 Cameron Carter served as the delegate, and Teen Vice President Treston Thomas as the alternate for the Knoxville Chapter.   Attendees also included:  Cameron Malone, Kahlil Jefferson, Jasmine Jefferson, Maya Weaver, Meera Lowery, Sydney Matlock, Cameron Carter, Marla Lowery and Treston Thomas.

Knoxville Mothers also attended the 63rd Teen Conference in Miami. Attendees:  Nikola Jefferson, Phyllis Weaver, Meshelle Lowery, Camille Matlock, Tiffany Malone and not pictured photographer Venita Thomas

Knoxville Chapter Program Planning Retreat:  (June 2020)

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.Inline imageInline image

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!

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.