East Peoria, Ill. – More than 150 teens gathered in East Peoria for Jack and Jill of America’s annual Central Region Teen Leadership conference.
Jack & Jill is an organization of mothers dedicated to raising the next generation of black leaders.
The youth pick a service project to do in the host city of their annual conference. A $3,500 grant coming from the organization allowed teens to build and donate 20 bicycles to kids in the Peoria area, specifically to youth enrolled in the “Common Place” summer program. They will use these bike’s in Peoria’s annual “Riding for a Safer Tomorrow” event.
“Children deserve to have those small things in life,” executive director at Jack & Jill Foundation Pier A.H. Blake said.
“If it’s a bike, and our teens that are so fortunate to have two, three, four bikes in their lifetime, we should be able to have that service to build a bike for another child,” Blake said.
The teens also packed 50 book bags with food to give to students with food insecurities.