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2012 Jack and Jill Annual Teen Conference Arrives in the I.E.

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Jack and Jill of America’s Inland Empire Chapter is set to host this year’s annual teen conference of future leaders.

Jack and Jill is an organization for African American families that promotes the cohesiveness between mothers and their children. Jack and Jill of America Incorporated, is an organization of mothers, who have children from ages 2 to 19, dedicated to nurturing future leaders. They do this by supporting their children through leadership development, volunteer service, giving and civic duty. The organization was founded in 1938. Today, Jack and Jill of America have over 220 chapters nationwide, representing over 30,000 members and their families. This year’s 56th Annual Teen Conference will be held at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA from June 28 to July 1. Over 350 teens will be attending from the following states: California, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, and Alaska. The teen conference is for incoming freshmen to graduating seniors. “Teen conference is a great learning experience where you get to make new friends,” stated past attendee Brianna Watson.

The goal of the conference includes the reinforcement of all areas of leadership. The members will take part in hands-on workshops that train future leaders in personal, career, business, citizenship, and social responsibility. “Our goal is to foster excitement in the students and parents creating lifelong learners,” said conference chair, Leslie Hughes.

During the conference, the teens will be giving back to the community by volunteering at over 10 projects including: Habitat for Humanity, Sunrise Assisted Living, Ability First in Claremont, and the Boys & Girls Club of Pomona. Outside of the goals of the conference, teens will network and come together to have an enjoyable time. At the end of teen conference is the senior’s graduation from Jack and Jill. Students will be awarded for all their hard work and celebrated publicly among their peers.

“I think teen conference will be fun and I hope to be surprised and learn things I can take with me in life,” said Cierra Tillman first time attendee and sophomore at Cajon High School. If you have any questions on how to join the Jack and Jill family experience you can contact Ange Saunders at Ange’Saunders@inlandempirejackandjill.com or go to the Inland Empire Chapter website: www.inlandempirejackandjill.org.

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