• 80th Anniversary Gala - 2019

  • 2018 Jack and Jill Day

Mission Statement

Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2-19, dedicated to nurturing future African-American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.

President's Message

WELCOME to the Metropolitan Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated

On behalf of the Mighty Metropolitan Chapter, I thank you for visiting our website.

The Metropolitan Chapter, located in Manhattan, was formed in 1939 and is the second chapter recognized by Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated.

The chapter was established 80 years ago by women who were motivated and committed to strengthening our community by nurturing leadership and excellence in our children.  Today, we are over 100 mothers dedicated to our mission and passionate about our children.  Our mothers work hard yet remain committed to providing our children with tools for success through dynamic programming, meaningful community service, and strategic philanthropic giving.   Our legacy is strong! 

In my 15 years as a member of Jack and Jill, one of my proudest moments was serving as the co-chair of the Annual teen dance also known as the COPA.   I am proud and humbled to have been chosen to lead this distinguished group of phenomenal women who are the Mighty Metropolitan Chapter.  I am confident that our great legacy will continue!

With Jack and Jill love,

Shewonia R Bowman

President, Metropolitan Chapter

"Let's Work, Let's Play, Let's Live Together"
Community Service


Metropolitan believes that to whom much is given, much is required.  Our mission in Jack and Jill is to nurture future African-American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.

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Metropolitan believes strongly that every child should have the opportunity to learn.  Through both its annual Education Seminar and Boost Scholarship, Metropolitan is committed to providing educational resources to those in need.

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Metropolitan programming is the ♥ of Jack & Jill of America, Inc.  It is the way that we “create a medium of contact for children that stimulates growth and development.”  Metropolitan activities are centered on the National Program Thrusts under EDUCATION, CULTURAL, CIVIC, SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL  and HEALTH.

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Metropolitan welcomes support from the community.  Strong partnerships have allowed Metropolitan to expand the reach of its Boost Scholarship, support of community initiatives and the Jack and Jill Foundation.  Please help us thank our partners.

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Upcoming Events

Check back soon for our Fall 2019 programming

Our Signature events

The Metropolitan Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is proud to support our community through the establishment of the Boost Scholarship Program for talented African-American seniors attending high school in Manhattan. Scholarships are intended to provide support for undergraduate college attendance, beginning in the fall of 2017.

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Metropolitan sponsors a friendly regional basketball competition with coed teens from around the Eastern region.  The tournament, which attracts many is always a spirited experience.  The tournament is typically hosted in November,
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Each year, the Metropolitan Chapter celebrates Black History with a chapter-wide event in February.  In the past, the event has included world renown firelight media filmmaker and producer Stanley Nelson (The Freedom Riders, The Black Panthers, etc), the late Tuskegee Airman Rosco Brown, Retha Powers' "Bartlett's Familiar Black Quotations" and many other engaging African American authors and community leaders.  Noteworthy is Black Trivia Game Show, which has been a favorite for the past four years.  Metropolitan celebrates black history every month. 
The Metropolitan Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. has hosted its Annual Winter Dance for more than 60 years.  2017 will be the 61st teen dance.  Annually, more than 1,000 young ladies and gentlemen have gathered for an amazing evening of fellowship and fun.  The evening's mission is to have fun while raising funds for various charities, including the Jack and Jill Foundation
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