Long Beach Lovelies
A number of the founding teachers still teach at Long Beach Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. – a testament to the warmth and spirit of this learning community.
Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, Long Beach Chapter
Wonder. Learn. Grow.
In 1988 the Long Beach Chapter legacy began when two visionaries who lived in Long Beach recognized the need to have a local Jack and Jill Chapter in the community. Spearheaded by Doris Cooper Robinson and Indira Hale-Tucker, the Long Beach Chapter was established in the Far West Region. The chapter flourished for many years but eventually dissolved when the last graduating senior tenured out.
On May 30, 2006, a group of sixteen dynamic women got together and re-instated the charter of the Long Beach Chapter led by Dana Washington who served as the President from 2006-2010. Since being re-chartered the chapter has contributed to the Long Beach community and neighboring cities by hosting STEM focused events like “think like a scientist”, hosting a student safety symposium which addressed such issues as human trafficking, cyber bullying, teen suicide, substance abuse and violence. The chapter has partnered with various organizations like Leadership Long Beach, Boys and Girls of America and the Mary McLeod Bethune Transitional Center and we are contributing donors to the Michelle Obama Library in Long Beach. Our signature fundraising event where we are proud to be able to give scholarships to deserving children in the South Bay area is our Handbags for Hope. The brainchild of Edith Armstrong and the late Erika Huie-Downs, this highly anticipated annual fundraiser has helped the Long Beach Chapter give out scholarships between $6,000- $10,000. Our goal for 2020 is to beat our best and give out $15,000 in scholarships to deserving students in the Long Beach and neighboring areas!!!