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“To us as mothers, Jack and Jill has become a means of furthering an inherent and natural desire . . . to bestow upon our children all the opportunities possible for a normal and graceful approach to a beautiful adulthood.”
Marion Stubbs Thomas, Founder


President’s Message

Welcome to the Suffolk County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Website. On behalf of the mothers, fathers and children of the Suffolk County Chapter I would like to thank you for visiting our website. In 1938, Jack and Jill of America, Inc., was founded in Philadelphia to address the cultural, educational, social and civic concerns of African American children and teens. In 1962, sixteen dynamic mothers established the Suffolk County, New York Chapter of Jack and Jill of America. From its inception, the thrust of the Suffolk County Chapter has been to assist in the development of well-educated children who are conscious of their civic duties and enthusiastic about sharing their talents with their community and the world.


Chapter Highlights

Dr. Allison McLarty – “Trailblazing Long Island black woman doctor”

Suffolk County chapter Mother Allison McLarty, featured in Newsday as a "trailblazing" black woman doctor on Long Island. Dr. Allison McLarty knew as a 10-year-old she wanted to become a physician and confirmed that decision after a childhood accident landed her in a...

Suffolk County Mothers Honored by National Coalition of 100 Black Women

On Saturday, January 6th, 2018, 3rd Chapter President Bernice Burnett and Mother Vanessa Braxton were both honored by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Long Island Chapter, Inc at their 2018 Black and White Candlelight Ball. The biennial gala honors...

Suffolk County Mother Named to County Executive-elect Transition Team

Suffolk County mother, Dr. Tochi Iroku-Malize has been named a member of Nassau County Executive-elect, Laura Curran’s transition team. Working alongside other notable bipartisan Long Islanders, Tochi will join the Health & Human Services Working Group, and will...

Aaron Miller Wins 1st Place at Cluster Oratorical Contest

                      Suffolk County Chapter continues it's tradition of winning!! Our very own Aaron Miller won first place in the Oratorical Competition at the Metropolitan Cluster for the 13-15 age category.  Aaron now advances to compete in the Oratorical at the...

Suffolk County Mother AveMaria Thompson New President-Elect of Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association

We congratulate Mother AveMaria Thompson on her new position as President-Elect of Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association.

Suffolk County Teen, Hannah Spencer, Sets Long Island Swim Record

By Janee Law jlaw@longislandergroup.com In her first time competing at nationals, 16-year-old Hannah Spencer, of Centerport, set the freestyle record for Huntington YMCA swim team at the 2017 YMCA Short Course Nationals, which were held in April. Spencer competed...

Shanequa Levin To Receive Community Advocate Award by Long Island Head Start

Every year Long Island Head Start honors individuals and organizations that have made a difference in the lives of the children and families it serves. Honorees are advocates for early childhood education and have supported the agency through partnerships. Join us for...

Yaneris Rosa Selected for Global Emerging Leaders Summit in Paris

Suffolk County mother, Yaneris M. Rosa, Assistant General Counsel of Honeywell Security and Fire, was nominated and selected to attend an invitation-only Global Emerging Leaders Summit hosted by Give1Project in Paris, France during March 2017. The vision of the Global...

Dr. Lynn O’Connor featured on NBC New York’s Positively Black segment

Dr. Lynn O'Connor sat down with Tracie Strahan to discuss the high rate of African-Americans who get colon cancer and what can be done to prevent it.     Watch the full segment here: Positively Black: Dr. Lynn O'Connor For more healthy living tips for cancer...

Suffolk County Jack & Jill Mother Addresses Heart Health at the Long Island American Heart Association “Go Red For Women” Luncheon

Suffolk County mother, Dr Marie Desvarieux, cardiologist and partner of Premiere Cardiology, this year’s community honoree. at the American Heart Association’s 16th Annual Long Island Go Red For Women Luncheon. Dr. Desvarieux addressed heart health and gave a talk titled “Prevent Aging of Your Heart.”