It’s that time of year again! Jack and Jill Far West Region Teen Conference 2011 was just as exciting and fulfilling as last summer. This year, the Oakland/Bay Area chapter hosted the event at the University of California Berkeley. Visiting such an historic and academically acclaimed college was very inspiring and provided a candid look into campus life.
Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is the oldest African-American family organization. It started in 1938 in Philadelphia. Today, we have over 225 chapters in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Each year, there are three Teen Conferences (Eastern, Mid West, and Far West Regions) where chapters come together for fellowship.
This year’s theme was “A World Without Black People”. Each chapter explained how they interpreted the theme by creating a t-shirt, a scrapbook, community service board, and a skit; each chapter always tries its best to win each category and claim bragging rights for the next school year. Our long weekend also included a Lake Merritt volunteer day, meetings, recreational outings, dances, and a Senior Banquet.
In modern America, sometimes the media does not recognize the value of each race to its survival. Inventions, concepts, and works all fall under the umbrella of “American”, which sometimes decreases the feeling of cultural identity in children today. While our Teen Conference focused on the contributions African Americans made toward society today, I realized the world would drastically change if any nationality were erased from history.
All of our meetings, discussions, and voting sessions really stress the importance of leadership in the community. I learned my voice has the potential to truly impact the world, giving me a sense of empowerment no one can alter.
New Moon Girls Media is a reflection of the Teen Conference. New Moon is full of different types of girls, and all of the New Moon Girls have opinions that are heard on this site. Many go beyond the web and apply New Moon values to their lives. You girls are role models in your communities and actively seek to encourage girls around you. .
What special qualities and contributions do your backgrounds lend to the world today? Share your heritages on the message board!
What is the importance of children to the world’s future? How do you all involved in your communities?
What’s your side of the moon?
By: Jada Webster