JACKSON MADISON COUNTY 

AFRICAN AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The 2017 program for 12-15 year-lds begins June 1 and meets on Thursdays and Fridays in June and July.  The teen workers program for ages 16-18 begn June 7 or job readiness training from 9am to noon on Wednesday in June and job assignments will take place in July.


The Follow Me Into Business Summer Jobs Program combines community leaders, hands on experience, mentoring and community awareness  to create a winning and fun combination of activities for young people in the program.  Young people ages 12-18 living in Madison County are eligible to participate.


While the orientation for ages 12-15 held on March 18th was well attended by parents and applicants, the orientation for ages 16-18 was rained out.  A few hearty souls showed up on April 22nd at the 10am session and even the  1pm session which was seriously affected by April showers.  


For more information, call 731-424-2030 or email Executive Director Florence Howard at fhoward@jmcaacc.org.

​Parent Seminars on June 1 and July 6 will feature speakers from our Follow Me Into Business® Advisory Committee, including Gwendolyn Gavin of Eagles Nest Prevention and Family Center, author Allyson Anyanwu, MD, youth services experts Jimmie Trice Baylor and Lewis Gooch. Mark your calendar for the first Thursday in June and July at 504 N. Highland in Jackson, TN.


Click here to donate to Follow Me Into Business® program.

Follow Me Into Business Activities:

  • Membership meetings
  • Workshops
  • Shadowing
  • Mentoring
  • Internships
  • Guest Speakers
  • Summer Jobs for students, ages 16-18
  • Corporate Tours


Since the program began, the Jackson Madison County African American Chamber has served nearly 600 students.  Currently, the program is only available to students residing in Jackson, TN.  For more information, call 731-424-2030.

Photo above: Madison County Deputy Mayor Tony White welcomes Follow Me participants into the county building here businesses are opened, marriage licenses secured and court judges rule.

Photo above:  Follow Me into Business participants prepare to tour Madison County Court House.

This past summer, the African American Chamber  provided two-hour workshops and training on Thursdays and/or Fridays in June and 1-hour shadowing and mentoring opportunities for ages 12-15 in July.  There was also a 4-week computer class during June.  Transportation was provided by Lane College. Coordinators were Mary Weddle and Margaret Kimmins.


For ages 16-18, The Chamber also provided 12 paid summer jobs,  funded by the City of Jackson, during the month of July.  Job sites included  Family Healthcare of Jackson, Food Rite, It's Printed, Lane College Athletic Department, Nell Huntspon Flower Box, RIFA, The Harris Agency, and Walgreens-South Highland.

BancorpSouth President Doug Roth hosted a luncheon for Follow Me teen workers, parents and leaders of the Jackson Madison County  African American Chamber on July 21, 2015 at the main branch located at 301 E. Main St.  This was the second year the bank has hosted the event.

Members of 2015 Follow Me Into Business Summer Jobs Program toured Jackson Energy Authority (JEA) on July 24, 2015

City Tour

Follow me into business


Twenty participants in the 2016 Follow Me Into Business® Summer Jobs Program for ages 12-18 learning about old and new places in their hometown can be lots of fun.  This year, the City Tour took the youngsters to the County Court House, The NED and to Casey Jones Museum. At the museum, that had a rousing good time learning about the real Casey Jones, his fireman Sid and the man who wrote the famous Legend of Casey Jones followed by a scavenger hunt that gave them the opportunity to collaborate and to learn the more of the information presented. Special thanks to Lane College and a great driver for transportation.