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Jamaica Impact, Inc. (JAMPACT) had its official launch on September 24, 1998 at the Jamaica Consulate in New York City, and was inspired by the support and encouragement that was received from both the then Consul General Dr. Basil Bryan and the Jamaican community in New York City. Through the commitment of its members and the community’s unrelenting support over the past 11 years, JAMPACT has made a host of contributions to those whom it is committed to serving and the organization’s impact continues to be felt in a number of ways, particularly through its Adopt-A-School and Tuition Assistance Programs, and contributions to various debates on economic growth, education, and other social policy issues.


"As the first president of JAMPACT, I would like to congratulate the organization on this significant milestone of 10 years of growth and contribution to the Jamaican community in the Greater New York area and in Jamaica. It seems like only yesterday that four recent arrivals from Jamaica (Stephan Wright, Cecile Thaxter, Chulley Bogle and Hope Greaves-Johnson) sat down in Uris Hall at Columbia B-School. Our inspiration came from the "Jamaica 2010" think tank recently started in London, England by our friends. In true competitive Jamaican spirit we decided to start a similar group in NYC. JAMPACT was started out of a desire to create a network of Jamaicans abroad to support each other and give back to Jamaica."
- Hope Johnson, Founding President

2008 - 2009 Akelia Lawrence

    • Young Adult Movement Forum with Prime Minister Bruce Golding
    • Reintroduction of JAMPACT's Annual School Supply and Toy Drive
    • 1st Tuition Assistance Program recipient awarded: Principal Claudia Fyffe
    • Youth Forum with Senator Warren Newby
    • "IMAGINE…" 10th Anniversary Fundraiser
    • Engaged in the development of JAMPACT’s 1st Five Year Strategic Plan

2007 - 2008 Kamar Samuels

    • Membership Discussion and Debate: Ethics in Jamaican Politics
    • Hosted True Reflections: Jah Cure Case Panel Discussion
    • Established the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
    • Inaugural JAMPACT Fashion Show*
    • Established 10th Anniversary Committee
    • * Organized by the 2008 administration, and jointly executed by the 2007 – 2008 & 2008 – 2009 Administrations.

2006 - 2007 Carl Heron

    • Membership Discussion and Debate: Ethics in Jamaican Politics
    • Women's History Month Fashion Show
    • Membership Discussion: Are our governments failing our children?
    • Book Launch of "Little Lion At Bat" by author Kellie Magnus

2005 - 2006 Kamar Samuels

    • Continued community engagement with Town Hall featuring Jamaica’s Leader of the Opposition Bruce Golding, and Town Hall Meeting with Congressional Candidates NYC Councilwoman Yvette Clarke, NY State Assemblyman Nick Perry, Councilman Nick Yassky & Chris Owens, Community Activist
    • Official shift of JAMPACT’s primary focus from Grant Award Program to the Adopt-A-School
    • Established Annual Trip to Jamaica with visits to all adopted schools as the central theme. For more details, see Overseas NGO on a Mission to Improve Jamaica’s Inner-City Basic Schools
    • Hosted Caribbean Student Reception with guest speakers Karen Fairclough, Director of Admissions Columbia University; Karen Taylor Bass, CEO TaylorMadeMedia LLC.; and Horace Grant, PhD Candidate Columbia University

2004 - 2005 Camille T. Barrett

    • Hosed Hurricane Ivan Fundraiser and established Hurricane Ivan Relief Fund in partnership with and Chichibud
    • Women's History Month Celebration: Women in the Business of Arts
    • Town Hall Forum with the Leader of the Opposition, Jamaica Labor Party in partnership with the Jamaica College Old Boys' Association
    • Increased Diaspora Movement Leadership:
        • Hosted the "The Way Forward" Focus Group to examine JAMPACT’s mission, the views on Jamaica and how the Diaspora can assist
        • Hosted Jamaican Diaspora, Northeast USA Symposium
        • Hosted Jamaica Diaspora Day Celebrations
        • Organized a Unity-Building an Influential Jamaican Diaspora Community Forum featuring Una Clarke, Gary Foster. Meeting brought together representatives from over 50 community organizations to discuss community problems and search for solutions.
        • Examining Jamaica's Policy Towards Homosexuality
        • Violence in Jamaica: Investigating Root causes and Economic Impact
        • Transforming The Jamaican Education Sector: Making Reform A Reality

2003 - 2004 * Heather Anderson

    • Initiated JAMPACT’S "Tabling" at the Labor Day Parade on Eastern Parkway.
    • Disbursed grants to community-based organizations in Jamaica: Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Jamaica Society for the Blind, S-Corner Clinic and Community Development Organization, Bustamante Hospital for Children, Coore Foundation and the Allen-Shaw Foundation
    • Colin Channer Reception & Book Signing for novel Passing Through: Stories
    • Woman's History Month celebration: Featuring Councilwoman Yvette Clarke, Kellie Magnus author of Little Lion Goes to School & Monique Roberts, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Trial Attorney.
    • * Administrative year ended in August as result of change in the Administrative year to September 1 – August 31.

2002 - 2003 Carole Bell

    • Painting of mural at Crescent Road Basic School
    • Increased Community Engagement and Diaspora Leadership through:
      • Reintroduction of Panel Discussions Series with Panel Discussions “Strategies for Engaging the Diaspora” Panel Discussion featuring Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Investment
      • Partnered with the Government of Jamaica in coordinating and hosting two crucial technical meetings:
        • State of Jamaica Health Service meeting featuring Jamaica’s Minister of Health: John Junor, and Chief Medical officer, Dr. Barry Wint
        • Educating Youths in Jamaica and the Diaspora: Challenges and Prospects: Community Forum featuring Deputy Mayor Walcott & Jamaica’s Minister of Education, Hon. Maxine Henry Wilson.
    • Rebecca Tortello & Earl Heron Book Signing for novel Nancy and Grandy Nanny
    • First JAMPACT trip to the Calabash Literary Festival in Jamaica and touring of JAMPACT grant recipient Allen-Shaw Reading Room in rural Manchester
    • Fifth Anniversary Fundraiser

2001 - 2002 Keisha Phipps

    • Introduction of our newsletter; JAMPACT News
    • Third JAMPACT Conference: Challenges to Nation Building, Values, Environment, Economy: Featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. The Hon. Vin Lawrence
    • Inaugural JAMPACT Essay Competition
    • Landscaping and donation of wall to Crescent Road Basic School
    • New York City Proclamation received for contributions to the Jamaican community in New York City.
    • Colin Channer Book Signing
    • JAMPACT sponsors David Heron’s play "Love and Marriage and New York"
    • Winter Coat Drive for newly recruited Jamaican teachers in New York
    • Established JAMPACT’s Disaster Relief Fund
    • Membership addressed by Jamaica’s Minister of Education, The Hon. Maxine Henry-Wilson

2000 - 2001 Annmarie Thompson

    • Monthly Meeting Established
    • Second JAMPACT Conference – Turning the Tide: Perspectives on Reclaiming Jamaica: Featuring dancehall artist Bounty Killer; Dr. Peter-John Gordon, Planning Institute of Jamaica; Sandra Glasgow, Entrepreneurial Center, UTECH; Dr. David Panton, Jamaica Labour Party; Basil Waite, People's National Party and Reverend Dennis Dillon, Christian Time.
    • Establishment of JAMPACT Scholarship for the Shortwood Teachers College/University of South Florida Masters in Early Childhood Education Program
    • Establishment of formal grant giving program
    • First Annual Ski Trip

1998 - 1999 Stefan Wright

    • 501 (c) 3 status attained
    • First Panel Discussion: Changing Immigration Laws in the US
    • Granted audience with the Honorable Prime Minister.
    • First JAMPACT BBQ & Trip to the Penn Relays
    • Launch of JAMPACT’S website
    • Inaugural JAMPACT Conference: Creating an Economic Renaissance in Jamaica Featuring Keynote Speaker Douglas Orane, Chairman & CEO Grace Kennedy & Co
    • Submitted Green Paper on Education to the Government of Jamaica > Submission adopted in White Paper
    • First JAMPACT Basic School adoption
    • First JAMPACT Christmas Treat at Mount Olive Basic School

1997 - 1998 Hope Johnson

    • JAMPACT Incorporation, July 1998
    • Official launch at the Consulate General of Jamaica in New York, September 24, 1998
    • Increase in membership from 5 founding members to 40
    • Inaugural Fundraiser for the Adopt-A-School Program
    • Inaugural Networking Event
    • Created the Advisory Board
    • Initiated special guest speaker at general body meeting
    • First JAMPACT delegation to the Jamaica Independence Ball (NY)

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