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SOURCE Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated
Call-to-action asks parents, family, and neighbors to make a personal commitment to help youth reach their potential
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Jack and Jill of America, Inc. will host its first-ever "Power and Potential Day." The day will spark a national movement to nurture today's youth to explore their passions and work towards realizing their goals. More than 30,000 Jack and Jill family members and associates will participate in the day and commit to six "Power and Potential" action steps to inspire the children in their lives. In addition, more than 231 local Jack and Jill chapters will participate in volunteer service activities throughout the month, culminating with "Power and Potential Day."
"The goal of 'Power and Potential Day' is to celebrate the creativity of America's youth and nurture young leaders who will be unafraid of pursuing their passions," said Tamara Turnley-Robinson, National President of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. "We want children across the country to know that they have the power today to create their future and fulfill their dreams. The best way to demonstrate our support for them is to let them know they have our love and support and to help them tap into their potential and explore their interests."
In a study sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), parental involvement was identified as a major influence in helping teens avoid risks and increase educational achievement and expected attainment. As such, as part of "Power and Potential Day," Jack and Jill is calling on parents, teachers and mentors to improve the lives of children and teens by performing the six simple, but impactful actions listed below.
"We hope that these tips inspire adults to take their support of our youth a step further. More importantly, we want parents to join forces with us year-round in engaging children in activities that inspire and interest them – whether it be music, cooking, dance or community service," said Turnley-Robinson.
The new call to action is a culmination of Jack and Jill's 75th anniversary and a natural extension of the organization's activities to support the national theme, "Power & Potential: Parents Empowering Youth Through Leadership Development, Cultural Heritage and Community Service." In 2013, the organization commemorated its ongoing dedication to developing children to be true leaders by focusing more on national legislation aimed at bettering the conditions of our youth. As such, Jack and Jill partnered with the Children's Defense Fund and activated its members around efforts that sought to provide equal advantages to all children, such as the Strong Start for America's Children's Act.
ABOUT JACK AND JILL OF AMERICA, INCORPORATED:
The late Marion Stubbs Thomas founded Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated on January 21, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Twenty mothers came together to discuss creating an organization to provide social, cultural and educational opportunities for youth between the ages of two and nineteen.
Today, Jack and Jill boasts more than 230 chapters nationwide, representing more than 30,000 family members. Each chapter plans annual programming activities guided under a national theme. Through service projects, Jack and Jill of America, Inc. creates a medium of contact for children to stimulate their growth and development.
The organization is committed to legislative advocacy and improving the lives of all children, with a particular focus on education, healthcare, juvenile justice and gun violence prevention. To learn more about Jack and Jill of America, Inc., please visit www.jackandjillinc.org.
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