In 1968, a group of women who believed in the importance of philanthropy and the power of voicing how contributions were allocated, founded the Jack and Jill Foundation. The foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of Jack and Jill America, Inc., which, today, is a network of over 245 local chapters of African American mothers, across the US.
The foundation’s mission “is to address issues affecting African American children and families, by investing in programs and services that create a strong foundation for children to thrive long-term.” The organization’s chapters, which represent more than 40,000 family members, nationwide, plan various annual programming activities that focus on cultural awareness, educational development, health (education and advocacy), civic (legislative advocacy and service) and social/recreational areas. In recent years, the foundation has partnered with Habitat for Humanity, United Negro College Fund, and HSF.
The Jack and Jill Foundation collaborates with HSF through the Youth Leadership Consortium (YLC). Led by HSF, YLC is a coalition of member organizations—including the Jack and Jill Foundation, American Indian College Fund, APIA Scholars, College Board, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, College Greenlight, and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation—all of whom share the goal of ensuring that the families collectively served by institutions of higher education are representative of the diversity of the US population.
Each year, YLC hosts College Prep Saturday and the Young Leaders Summit. College Prep Saturday is, a free, half-day program designed to help middle and high school students and parents from a diverse cohort of historically underrepresented socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, prepare, plan, and pay for college. The Young Leaders Summit is a four-day, overnight, college empowerment program for a diverse cohort of low-income high school seniors, selected through a competitive application process. It is designed to give these young leaders the practical tools they need to successfully apply to top universities, have full access to scholarship and financial aid opportunities, and set a course for academic and career success.