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Friday, April 2, 2010

Promise.    Potential.    Progress. 
Reserve Your Tickets Now!
Hello Track & Field Fans:

Once again, JAMPACT has been offered the opportunity to sell tickets for the 2010 Penn Relays! And we hope you can join us again this year.

Entrance Ticket details:
Cost: $48.00

Section: NL
Rows: 5-9
Bus Cost: $35.00

Please send your requests to
S P R I N G    M I X E R


Mingle. Network. Unwind

Overwhelming reviews from our last event, the Roots Rockin' Royal Fashion Show, were that our members and friends left in high spirits and did not want the night to end...

We've decided to honor your requests and maintain that momentum with the hosting of our next event: the JAMPACT SPRING MIXER. Here's another chance to network, meet like minded individuals, and kick back with the JAMPACT posse.

JAMPACT will also be launching their BRAND NEW WEBSITE that will be seen for the first time on that day! We are working on better ways for you to keep in touch and share resources...

Special volunteer appreciation activities and raffles will be taking place throughout the night...

JAMPACT join forces with Children of Jamaica Outreach, Inc. (COJO) on its Haiti Benefit Raffle
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                         
Contact: Kimberley Lue Lim
T: 212-459-4390

NEW YORK, NY - The efforts of an entire community working together often make a much larger and longer lasting contribution than a single organization working alone. Jamaica Impact, Inc. (JAMPACT) has partnered with Children of Jamaica Outreach, Inc. (COJO) on their Haiti Benefit Raffle. Supporters of this initiative will be eligible for a chance to win one of three all-inclusive vacation package stay to any Breezes or Sandals Resort in Jamaica including 2 roundtrip airline tickets compliments of JetBlue Airways. Raffle tickets are available for $5 each or 5 for $20. All proceeds raised will benefit the children of Haiti. The goal is to raise $10,000, and this can only be achieved through the collective effort of all members of the community.


Tickets will be available for purchase at JAMPACT's Spring Mixer event to be held on Friday, April 16th at 3TenLounge, 310 Bowery, New York City at 6:30pm. For additional information on how to support the benefit raffle by helping to sell and/or purchase tickets, please contact JAMPACT's Fundraising Chair, Yannique Coleman, at



About Children of Jamaica Outreach
Children of Jamaica Outreach COJO Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in New York and is registered with the New York City Bureau of Charities.  The brainchild of Jamaican-born American Gary M. Williams, COJO's mission is to help improve the health, education and general well being of less fortunate children.   Since inception in 1994, COJO has dedicated its resources, human and financial, to help make a difference in the lives of underserved children in Jamaica as well as the United States of America.  For further information about COJO including sponsorship opportunities, visit 


Paradigm Shift or Revolution: Can Government Policies Create Viable Economic Reform in Jamaica?

JAMPACT's General Body Meeting speaker series, "Quest for Growth: Unlocking the Keys to Jamaica's Economic Growth and Development," continues to produce quality speakers with informative dialogue.  The last general body meeting, Tuesday March 23, 2010, hosted businessman and co-founder of the National Minority Business Council Mr. Fritz-Earle McLymont. The topic, Paradigm Shift or Revolution: Can Government Policies Create Viable Economic Reform in Jamaica, and the speaker generated a significant number of attendees with keen interest in the socio-economic development of Jamaica.  Mr. McLymont engaged in an interactive discussion related to his experience doing business in Jamaica, and government policies that influenced the direction of economic and business decisions.  From the dialogue with Mr. McLymont, the following recommendations came forth:
  • Research the current economic and fiscal policies currently being endorsed by the government.  Know the laws and regulations governing business in Jamaica.
  • Explore business financing in and outside of Jamaica.
  • Engage in careful planning prior to launching a business concept.
  • Consider non-traditional business ventures or ventures that fill a great need such as green technology, agriculture, health technology, geriatric care, etc.
  • Build business alliances globally.
  • Utilize local human resources as much as possible.
JAMPACT thanks Mr. McLymont for the engaging discussion. Audience members were greatly motivated to pay closer attention to what is happening in Jamaica as it relates to economic development, with some intending to research and possibly undertake potential business opportunities.

JAMPACT looks forward to delivering additional thought-provoking dialogue in our economic development series at our next general body meeting.
I SUPPORT The Caribbean

Organizer: Unified NetWork of Business Professionals (U.N.B.P)

Type: Causes - Fundraiser
Date: Saturday, April 3, 2010
Time: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Negril Village - Nu Caribbean Cuisine
Street: 70 West 3rd Street
City/Town: New York, NY

Email RSVP
Phone RSVP 212-477-2804

The "WE ARE ONE Caribbean" & "WE ARE ONE Jamaica" program will launch a special Caribbean Brunch scheduled for:

This will be a $25/person prix fixe brunch with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to Team Jamaica Bickle. Reservations for the brunch can be made directly with the restaurant by calling (212) 477-2804.

If you would like to add your business or event to the list of participants for this fundraising effort, send an email to  or call 212-851-3611.



Are you interested in a career in the health field?
Are you a High School Senior or a College Freshman/Sophomore?
Are you Hispanic/Latino-American, Black/African-American or American Indian?

If so, apply to Monte-HOP's Summer Program.......

Program Description:  This is a stipend funded program that serves to promote, educate and encourage underserved youth to pursue careers within the health fields. Students will gain valuable knowledge and professional skills through interactive workshops, mentorship by physicians, observation of physician-patient interactions, lecture activities and independent learning.

Specific Program Activities: 
-       Participate in interactive-health related workshops (ie: suturing)
-       Visit health-related organizations throughout New York City (ex: March of Dimes, Morris Heights Birthing Center, NYC Department of Health, etc...)
-       Observe patient-physician interactions and gain knowledge about the medical interview by following health care professionals (ie: Nurses, Physical Therapists, Physician Assistants, Medical Doctors, etc...)  
-       Develop and refine professional skills to pursue a career in a health-related field (ex. resume development, interviewing skills, written health paper, project presentation, etc...)


1. Must be a US citizen or a Permanent Resident
2. Students from the following underrepresented groups will be considered: African-American,
    Hispanic-Latino-American and American Indian/Native American
3. High School Senior or College Freshman/Sophomore
Length of Program: 
Program will run over a 6-week period between July 6th and August 13th, 2010. Students are required to attend activities from 8am - 5pm/6pm, Monday - Friday.  There will be several evenings where students are expected to stay later, latest 7pm.

Application Deadline:  April 23rd 2010.  
Interviews are being scheduled as completed applications are received.  As such, please apply early as slots may be filled on rolling admission basis. 

For further information or an application please contact:
Ms. Carol Whittaker, Program Manager
Department of Family & Social Medicine
3544 Jerome Avenue
Bronx, N.Y. 10467
(718) 920-4678


March 31, 2010

For Immediate Release
Caribbean Cultural Theatre

Caribbean Cultural Tribute in Honor of Cultural Icon
Rex Nettleford on April 18

NEW YORK, NY - March 30, 2010 - The New York cultural community is set to pay homage to the late Rex Nettleford, cultural icon, Founder of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) and vice-chancellor emeritus of the University of the West Indies on Sunday, April 18, 2010 at St. Francis College - Founders Hall, starting at 5:30 pm.

In a special tribute titled, "Celebrating the Life. Preserving the Legacy. A Cultural Tribute to Ralston Milton "Rex" Nettleford", Caribbean Cultural Theatre will bring together members of the artistic fraternity to reflect on the work on this stalwart and celebrate his achievements.  The evening will begin with remembrances from friends, colleges and former students and culminate in a traditional Afro-Caribbean wake celebration.

Among the performers expected to participate are Ancient Vibrations headed by former NDTC drummer Gabu Wedderburn; Braata Folk Singers, a Jamaican folk group; Caribbean American Dance Company, based in Hartford, CT, Directed by NDTC alum Adrian Fletcher; Charles Moore Dance Theater, a US modern dance company; Giggles Productions, a Bronx based performing arts company; Something Positive, a Trinidadian folk dance company; Andrene Bonner, author, Olympic Gardens; folklorist Janice 'Miss Mattie Lou' Hart;  and Guyanese musicians Avis Josephs and Wricford Dalgetty.
According to Artistic Director E. Wayne McDonald, "The Caribbean community has lost a creative genius and cultural stalwart to whom we are truly indebted. The early Sunday afternoon start will afford more families and second generation Caribbean-Americans to learn more about this icon and an opportunity to participate."
Nettleford, who passed away on February 2 in Washington, DC made an indelible mark not only on the Jamaican and regional cultural landscape but globally with the formation of the NDTC in September 1962, one month after the island gained independence from Britain.  A son of the rural parish of Trelawny, he epitomized excellence and has left a deep void as an academic, cultural activist and historian.

Caribbean Cultural Theatre has organized other similar observances in honor of folklorist and poet, Louise Bennett-Coverly in 2006 and in September 2009, to commemorate Jamaican-born playwright and co-screen writer of the film 'The Harder They Come' Trevor Rhone.
This special tribute is being held in collaboration with a number of partners including American Foundation of the University of the West Indies, Brooklyn Caribbean Youth Fest, Guyana Cultural Association, Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music, Past Members & Friends of the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica, St. Francis College - Office of Special Events and TSO Production.

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The Caribbean Cultural Theatre is a theatrical immersion experience presenting the work of Caribbean based and/or influenced writers, performers and other practitioners that both entertain and enlighten.  With an eclectic and ever-evolving blend of artists and cultures, the company, through active collaboration with both Caribbean and non-Caribbean artists of all disciplines, honours a balanced rendering of Caribbean culture and the Caribbean-American experience. 

Celebrating the Life.  Preserving the Legacy.

A Cultural Tribute to Ralston Milton 'Rex' Nettleford

Sunday, April 18, 2010. 5:30PM

St Francis College - Founders Hall

182 Remsen Street (Clinton & Court Streets), Brooklyn, NY 11201
Subway: M, N; R - Court St; 2, 3, 4, 5; Q - Borough Hall. 
A, C; F - Jay St./Borough Hall (3 Blocks)
Bus: B25, B26, B37, B38, B41, B45, B51; B52 - Court St

Caribbean Cultural Theatre: 718-783-8345 

JAMPACT invites you
to participate in its
Annual Membership Trip to Kingston, Jamaica
May 1-8, 2010 

Trip Details:

Sunday May 2: Opening Reception
Monday May 3: Orientation & Outing
Tuesday-Thursday, May 4-6: Service Projects
Thursday May 6: Jamaica Mixer 


For more trip details, email the Membership Team (Chair Leon Hastings) at
Table of Contents

  • JAMPACT Express to Penn Relays, April 24, 2010
  • JAMPACT Mixer, April 15, 2010  
  • JAMPACT Partners with COJO for Haiti Relief Benefit Raffle
  • Recap: General Body Meeting
  • Community Events
Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers needed to work with our Fundraising Team - the same vivacious group who brought you the Roots, Rockin', Royal II Fashion Event!
Opportunities include:
  • Grantwriting
  • Event Planning
  • Donor Management 
Hone you talents and skills by contacting our Fundraising Chair: Yannique Coleman at  
Learn about other opportunities by emailing us

JAMPACT Think Tank Viewpoints along with other Think Tank updates will be posted on JAMPACT's Brand New Think Tank Blog!!!

JAMPACT  Updates will be distributed biweekly. Please send any announcements, invitations, or information for the update to Deadline is Tuesday @ 5pm. 
 Jamaica Impact Inc. ("JAMPACT") is a certified 501(c)3 non-profit organization consisting of a diverse group of young Jamaican professionals, students and friends of Jamaica. Our philosophy is to use our collective energies, intelligence and resources, as an impetus for progress in Jamaica.
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