GREATER METROPOLITAN ATLANTA CHAPTER

Power & Potential: Parents Empowering Youth through Leadership Development, Cultural Heritage and Community Service

Jack and Jill of America, Inc. (“Jack and Jill”) has established itself as the premier organization bringing African-American children together in a social, cultural, and service environment. The Jack and Jill chapters in the metropolitan area of Atlanta are demographically unique in that over 40% of those residing in the community are African-American; therefore, there continued to be a need to expand access to families desiring to provide the unique opportunity that membership in Jack and Jill offers to their children.

Fall 2010
Creation of Progressive Atlanta Moms Provisional Group
The Progressive Atlanta Moms Provisional Group began with the vision of former Atlanta Chapter President Patrice Greer and former Vice-President Hillary Dunson. In the fall of 2010, Vice-President Dunson petitioned National Vice President Tamara Robinson to help determine ways to focus on the growing need of addressing the high interest level within the Atlanta area of families wishing to embrace the aims and objectives of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. National Vice President Tamara Robinson endorsed the petition as part of her vision for regional growth.
Fall 2010
Spring 2011
Atlanta Chapter Voted to Embrace an Interest Group
In the spring of 2011, under the leadership and with the encouragement of President Rebecca Young and Vice President Marian Roach, the Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill voted favorably to share boundaries and fully and actively embrace the formation of an interest group. Under the direction of National Vice President Robinson, President Young appointed Hillary Dunson, Kyra Harvey, and Felecia Farrar-Perkins as liaisons to guide and provide resources to the group as well as interested mothers Darlene McGhee Whittington and Melody Marie Smalls to organize the group. The interest group received letters of support and affirmation to proceed from National Vice President Tamara Robinson, Southeastern Regional Director Joli Cooper, and President Rebecca Young.
Spring 2011
Thursday, August 28, 2018
The Atlanta Chapter Holds an Informational Meeting
An informational meeting was held on June 21, 2011, at Maggiano’s Restaurant in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Georgia. There were over 100 mothers in attendance to discuss the next steps needed to form a new Jack and Jill chapter in the Atlanta area. The first meeting at Maggiano’s began the journey for the Metropolitan Atlanta Area Interest Group (as they were called at that time) towards potentially becoming the 40th chapter in the Southeastern Region of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
Thursday, August 28, 2018
July 19, 2011
Provisional Group Mothers' Meeting Held
The first official mother’s meeting for the Provisional Group was held on July 19, 2011, at Morehouse School of Medicine. Officer elections for the provisional group occurred on August 11, 2011, at Ben Hill United Methodist Church and the official provisional group name of Progressive Atlanta Moms (PAMs) was chosen. Our leadership team was formed with the elections of Darlene Whittington as President, Melody Smalls as Vice-President, and Chiquita Dent as Program Director. The group was honored and thrilled that newly elected Southeastern Regional Director Marjorie Mitchell made herself available at the meeting and the group adopted her as a mentor.
July 19, 2011
August 27, 2011
Provisional Group Mother's Retreat Held
The first Mother’s Retreat for the provisional group was organized by Mother Shearun Britton- Parris with liaison Kyra Harvey and facilitated by Regional Director Marjorie Mitchell at the Westminster School on August 27, 2011. During the retreat, the mother’s discussed a range of topics and focused on what would be important during the provisional year. The programming calendar was finalized during the retreat to include a programming year covering: Social, Cultural, Civic, Service, Recreational, Educational, Health, Leadership Development and Legislative focused activities.
August 27, 2011
September 10, 2011
Jack and Jill Day with The Atlanta Chapter
On September 10, 2011, Progressive Atlanta Moms took part in the first official programming year activity in conjunction with the Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill. This Jack and Jill Day activity was held at the High Museum of Art and featured the works of Radcliffe Bailey. The group event provided an opportunity to meet Atlanta Chapter families and bond with families within the provisional group.
September 10, 2011
October 2011
Southeastern Mother's Workday
During October 2011, 12 mothers travelled to Orlando, Florida for the Southeastern Mother’s Workday to “Reflect, Connect, and Engage”. Other chapters were present from the Sweet Sweet Southeastern Region and this provided the Progressive Atlanta Moms with the opportunity to learn more about how chapters discover their identity and create engaging programming while balancing the responsibilities of motherhood. Ideas were shared and some long lasting friendships had begun during the insightful conference.
October 2011
November 12, 2011
Progressive Atlanta Moms Committed to Community Service
Progressive Atlanta Moms is committed to supporting our community. We dedicated a reading nook to the Andrew and Walter Young YMCA on November 12, 2011. Mother Yolanda Wimberly championed this effort and we donated over 300 books. The Andrew and Walter Young YMCA also had an initiative to read 1,000 books in one month and we returned to donate additional books and also read to the after-school children.
November 12, 2011
January 21, 2012
Progressive Atlanta Moms Second Mother's Retreat
The second Mother’s Retreat for the provisional group was organized by Mother Sheraun Britton-Parris with liaison Kyra Harvey and facilitated by Regional Director Marjorie Mitchell at the Westminster School on January 21, 2012. During the retreat, the mother’s discussed a range of topics that included preparing for the Jack and Jill National Convention. After the retreat adjourned, Mother Nathalie Robinson coordinated “Ladies Who Lunch” as our first luncheon that was held at South City Kitchen in Atlanta, Georgia.
January 21, 2012
Progressive Atlanta Moms Hosts Private Screening of the Movie "Red Tails".
We held an historic event as a provisional group on February 11, 2012. One of our mothers – Wendy Eley informed us that her father Leroy Eley was an original Tuskegee Airmen. Wendy, along with her father was able to coordinate a private screening with his fellow airmen. We sponsored a private screening of the movie “Red Tails”. This was an interactive event with Tuskegee Airmen signing autographs, participating in a ‘Q&A’ session, and being photographed with everyone in attendance. We invited the Jack and Jill Chapters of the Southeast region and it was a huge success.
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