The Mid-Western Region of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., recently participated in Mid-Western Region Fall Area Workday Clusters at the Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington.
The Illinois Area Fall Area Workday Cluster, hosted by the City of Lakes Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., is the first of two annual fall events hosted across the region. The weekend event brought together more than 250 mother members, and their 86 teenagers representing chapters and provisional groups across Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin, for workshops focused on community service, leadership, diverse programming, and legislative advocacy.
The Mid-Western Region worked with the Minneapolis-based Sanneh Foundation, to provide monetary support for inner city youth athletic camps. The Sanneh Foundation founded in 2003, empowers youth by promoting educational attainment through in-school and after-school support.
Founded in 2012, the City of Lakes Chapter is made of 54 mothers in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. Collectively with the attendees of the Fall Area Workday Cluster, the chapter raised $2,100 to support the Sanneh Foundation.
“We are proud to partner with the Sanneh Foundation this weekend, in supporting and empowering the Minneapolis community. The positive impact on youth is core to the mission of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. - improving the lives of all children” said Vanessa Williams, regional director, Mid-Western Regional, Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
“My mother played a great role in my life and there is nothing greater than the bond between mother and child, so the essence of this organization is powerful,” said Tony Sanneh, former professional soccer player and founder of the Sanneh Foundation. “Being chosen by young people and mothers as a recipient is truly an honor and a gift. And to have that validation makes me feel comforted in knowing that with what I’m doing I’m on the right path.”
In addition to awarding a donation to the Sanneh Foundation, several teens were honored for their works during an oratory competition.