While mothers hold the membership in Jack and Jill of America, Inc., we realize that fathers play a vital role in helping to achieve our mission. We encourage the involvement of fathers at every level of the organization to assist mothers in delivering programming that stimulates the growth and development of our children and all children. As evidence of our belief in the importance of fathers to our organization, the Fathers Auxiliary is one of only three designated standing committees in our organization. The National Fathers Auxiliary Committee consists of one representative from each region, and the committee chair, which rotates among the regions, is appointed by the National President.
One of the primary objectives of the National Fathers Auxiliary is to encourage involvement of fathers at the local, regional and national level. This is done by establishing a line of communication between each region and all chapters who choose to have a Fathers Auxiliary to share information and ideas.
A National Chairperson rotates among the regions every two years and is appointed by the National President of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. This committee is responsible for the following:
The Regional Fathers Auxiliary Chair is appointed by the Regional Director and takes on the following duties:
Chapters are encouraged to have a local Fathers Auxiliary that will be led by a father appointed by the Chapter President to perform the following duties:
Several of the activities that the fathers have supported include:
One important task that fathers help with is ensuring the safety and well-being of our children at activities – , especially when our teens are at evening or overnight activities – , including parties and teen conferences and act as area cluster workday chaperones. The night security provided by our dads ensures our teens are safely where they should be, and they also ensure that outsiders are not engaging with our teens inappropriately.
Dads who take on this duty are part of POPs, which stands for Parents on Patrol, and assist with important tasks such as:
President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative in 2014 to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. Through this initiative, the Administration is joining with cities and towns, businesses and foundations that are taking important steps to connect young people to mentoring, support networks and the skills they need to find a good job or go to college and work their way into the middle class. Jack and Jill Fathers across the nation have the opportunity to organize efforts to align with this initiative.
The goals of the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) are to provide, facilitate and disseminate current research, proven and innovative strategies that will encourage and strengthen fathers and families. Jack and Jill Fathers may visit this website for resources and ideas on how to promote responsible fatherhood in communities across the nation.
If a member’s spouse is interested in forming a local Fathers Auxiliary, he should contact the Chapter President, who will guide the process of how to establish a Fathers Auxiliary group and its operating guidelines.
If a Chapter President, member or father would like support in establishing or strengthening a Fathers Auxiliary group, they may contact the Regional Fathers Auxiliary Chair for assistance.
The Regional Fathers Auxiliary Chairs for 2016-2018 are:
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Eastern Region →
Far West Region →
Mid-Atlantic Region →
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Mid-Western Region →
South Central Region →
Southeastern Region →
Fathers Auxiliary Overview