Jack and Jill Foundation Awards $278,000 in Support of Youth

Jack and Jill of America Foundation President Erik Cliette reports that the Foundation will continue to support youth and children. “This year, over 60 programs throughout the United States have been awarded grants and scholarships to ensure that we are investing in our future leaders,” says Cliette. Many organizations throughout the country apply for grants in the following categories: Independent Grants, Violet Greer grants, Jacqueline Robinson grants, Lucille Allen Hadley grants (Teen Service Projects), and our UNCF administered scholarships. Each year the Foundation insures that all grantees embody the Five- Point Strategy for Building Tomorrow’s Leaders: Seek to foster the building of character within children; Aim to instill cultural consciousness and intellectual, moral, practical and emotional responsibility in children; Cultivate and promote projects that provide children with opportunities to learn about leadership; Target Foundation resources toward proposals that emphasize learning, thinking and problem solving Design, implement and support programs that provide leadership training for children.

This year’s Independent Grantees are empowering African American males to know that anything is attainable; mentoring at-risk youth in Colorado through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado; teaching healthy living eating habits in California; supporting a Teen Moms’ House in Minneapolis; and inspiring African-American boys in Austin just to name a few. Our 2011 student scholars are: Kandyce Anderson attending Indiana University from Indianapolis, IN; Demarttice Tunstall attending Columbia University from Mobile, AL; Ashton Green attending Howard University from Raleigh, NC; Kiara Heath attending Tulane University from Alameda, CA; Shoniste Dennard attending George Mason University from Keller, TX; Tempestt Burel attending the University of Illinois at Chicago from St. Louis, MO; Britney Davis attending Villanova University from Philadelphia, PA.

Jack and Jill Foundation believes that students should be supported to college and thru college. Each student is awarded $2,500 in the first year, must maintain a 3.0 GPA, and receives $2,500 each year up to four years.

The Jack and Jill of America Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. which consists of over 200 chapters throughout the United States.

Since the Foundation’s inception in 1968, chapters have been instrumental in supporting community based organizations that help children and families. The Foundation, which is based in Washington, D.C., has distributed millions of dollars to non-profit organizations all across America, and continues to deepen its vision with Jack and Jill of America, Inc. as the needs of families and children become more complex in the 21st century.

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