The Metropolitan Chapter, located in Manhattan and founded in 1939, is one of Jack & Jill’s largest and oldest chapters. Our members are primarily professional African-American women. They work in the fields of law, medicine, business, finance, fashion, entertainment, marketing, education, government, journalism, nonprofits, and the arts. They also care deeply about their communities and serve on boards of a wide variety of philanthropic organizations, particularly those involving the arts, education, health care and children.
We celebrated our 75th anniversary with a gala in 2014. A special recognition was given to Mrs. Vivian D. Hewitt, one of the Metropolitan Chapter's first presidents and special honors went to former NBA player, and Jack and Jill graduate, Alan Houston and Misty Copeland, the first African American principal dancer of the American Ballet Theater.
Leadership development for our children and community service through hands on support and financial are an important part of Metropolitan Chapter's mission. The Metropolitan Chapter was awarded 1st place in the Eastern Region in 2007 and 2009 for making the largest donation from the Eastern Region to the Jack and Jill of America Foundation. Organizations supported by the Chapter have included STEP, the science and technology entry program at Columbia University, NAACP’s ACTSO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics), Harlem Children’s Health Project, Harlem Head Start, Harlem Little League, the Children’s Aid Society, Brotherhood Sister/Sol, and the Riverside Church basketball team, the Riverside Hawks, to name a few.
The chapter has traditionally taken a leadership position in the Region. We hosted a successful Eastern Region Cluster in November, 2007 which was attended by over 500 mothers and teens. For over 30 years, the Metropolitan Chapter has sponsored the “Copa”, a fabulous holiday dance that attracts over 1,000 teens from the Eastern Region and beyond. The teens donate proceeds from this dance to charities. Past recipients have included UNCF, Harlem Live, Harlem Hospital, Healium, a program to help victims of childhood sexual abuse, and Lost Boys of Sudan.
Metropolitan also has a long history of sponsoring an annual educational conference which features panels, seminars and full day workshops with admissions directors from private and specialized schools in the greater New York area. The participants number over 200. In recent years, we have expanded to include seminars for teens and parents who are preparing for college. For the past three years, we have hosted a unique Black History program in Harlem. Each year we’ve hosted more than 200 attendees. The children participated in Black History trivia among other events The Metropolitan Chapter is regarded as one of the leading chapters in the country. It's rich history and historic contributions to charity and community, along with its dynamic members, makes it a valuable resource to not just its members but to the community it serves. We are proud that our chapter can claim three and four generations of families among our members.