Promise. Potential. Progress...


JAMPACT E-Newsletter
January 20, 2011

in this issue
:: Christmas Treat & Holiday Cards
:: Looking Ahead
:: Membership News
:: Volunteer Opportunities
:: Think Tank Speaker Series

A New Year Message from JAMPACT's President Dale Todd
Today is the first day of the rest of your life.  More than any other point in time, the beginning of a new year inspires that sense of responsibility for the things over which we have influence, if not control.  Hence, the persistent urge to make New Year's Resolutions.  While many deride this mainstay of new year's rituals, I love the idea; because it represents our ability to focus, in the midst of whatever it is we're doing to ring in the new year, on something of critical importance. Continue Reading.


2011 is here and we ring in the New Year with a running start!!


Christmas Treat & Holiday Cards:

2010 ended on an exciting note, as the annual Christmas Treat for the children of our four adopted basic schools was a tremendous success! Kudos to the management and staff at  Maxfield Park Children's Home, who opened their doors for the event venue.  Thanks to our committed team on the ground and allround volunteers, Kimberly Lue Lim and Phyllis Anderson served as photographers; Stefan Wright played the role of Santa; Dr. Rebecca Tortello helped to secure in-kind donations; the principals and teachers from the schools, particularly Principal Claudia Cowan who coordinated the team efforts. All contributed and did a phenomenal job of ensuring that the children had a fun treat. Continue Reading.

Annual Christmas Treat
Top Picture: St. Steven's students with JAMPACT member Kimberley Lue Lim (left), past president Stefan Wright (Santa) & St. Steven's Principal Claudia Cowan.
Bottom Pictures: Students from Coles & Maxfield Park Children's Home Basic School

Looking Ahead: Renovation Project 
JAMPACT's capital improvement project for the 2011 calendar year is to work with Maxfield Park Children's Home Basic School, in order to assist in providing much needed renovation to the basic school. Continue Reading. 



We wish to express our deepest condolences to St Steven's Principal, Ms Claudia Cowan, on the passing of her mother. Our prayers are with you as you mourn your loss.



As we embark on the journey of 2011, we are excited about our new initiatives and renewed commitment to the children of Jamaica. We thank our members and volunteers who continue to labor with love and have carried us thus far. Thank you.

For those looking for a New Year's resolution, there has never been a better time to join JAMPACT!  Continue Reading.



JAMPACT teams up with the Jamaican base Public Servants Committee to offer for sale their 2011 Jamaican Daily Heroes 2011 Calendar. This year's calendar specifically honors our everyday Jamaican Heroes of Firefighters and Police Officers.


General proceeds will support the Firefighters homework program in Jamaica. Part proceeds from calendars sold throughJAMPACT will support the organization's initiatives.


Price: US$9.95


To place your order, contact Fundraising Chair Akelia Lawrence.



Board of Directors Vacancy

JAMPACT is an all volunteer organization (AVO) relying strongly on the donation of quality time and skills of individuals like you. Current vacant Board positions include:

Vice President

Communications Chair & Co-Chair

Fundraising Co-Chair

Think Tank Co-Chair

Constitution & Elections Chair


As always, we are in need of additional volunteers. Please contact President, Dale Toddfor more details.


Policy Research Volunteer Opportunity

The Think Tank Committee is seeking volunteers to conduct policy research for its Accountability Tracker. The Accountability Tracker is designed to track the progress of mandates proposed by the current Prime Minister of Jamaica. Potential volunteers with a strong interest in policy research as it relates to the Jamaican government, should immediately contact the Think Tank Chair, Naima Gregory, for more information.



Social Media Volunteer

Jamaica Impact is currently seeking a Social Media volunteer who will make a direct impact in the organization's online presence. The Social Media volunteer will assist with developing a social media strategy and drive traffic to our social media sites. She/He will engage and attract online audiences with an ongoing dialogue.
This is an exciting opportunity to really make a great impact with your social media skills.
Duties include:
� Post to our Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
� Add, Friend and Follow relevant social media profiles and accounts daily to build our online community

� Generate and maintain clever interactive dialogue with our online community
� Research and keep abreast of industry news and post to our blog
� Generate brand awareness via social media platforms

Candidate requirements include:
� Strong social media and outreach skills and experience
� Excellent, engaging writing style
� Strong oral and written communication skills
� Strong organizational skills and professional demeanor
� Strong interpersonal skills and judgment
� Able to lead and complete a project successfully with little supervision


Contact Membership Chair, Tsahia Hobson, for more details on this position.








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January 26, 2011

6:30 PM: Networking Session

7:00 PM: Meeting

JAMPACT General Body Meeting/

Kick-Off to 2011 Speaker Series

"The Diaspora Gives Back: How International Funding Led to the Restoration & Re-Opening of Liberty Hall; The Legacy of  Marcus Mosiah Garvey"

Ruder Finn

301 East 51st Street (4th Floor)

New York, NY 10022

Click here to RSVP.

February 2011

JAMPACT Quarterly Networking Mixer

Stay tuned for more details.

Visit our online calendar.


"The Diaspora Gives Back: How International Funding Led to the Restoration & Re-Opening of Liberty Hall; The Legacy of  Marcus Mosiah Garvey"

Join us at the January 26 General Body Meeting for the Kick-Off to the 2011 Speaker Series with this spirited and informative discussion on the restoration and re-opening of the Caribbean's first multi-media museum and the only museum in the world dedicated to the life and work of one of Jamaica's National Heroes, Marcus Mosiah Garvey. The discussion will also explore the impact of the museum on the Jamaican society as a whole and downtown Kingston's inner-city youth in particular. The discussion will be led by the Museum's Director/Curator, Donna McFarlane (PhD Candidate, University of Leicester, UK).Click here to view her biography.


Donna McFarlane
Donna McFarlane



Tap into JAMPACT's extensive resources base by advertising with us.


Place Your Ad Here


Advertising opportunities include our newsletter, e-updates, website and social networking sites. Advertising with us also shows your commitment to community development as the revenues raised by JAMPACT will be used for our charitable and community initiatives.


Contact Fundraising Chair, Akelia Lawrence, for more details on your options and our affordable rates.


January 26, 2011

AFUWI Legacy Awards Gala

6:00 PM

The Pierre

61st St (btw Madison & 5th Ave)

New York City

Click here for more details.



January 27, 2011

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Building Your Professional Network with LinkedIn & How To Use It In Your Job Search

Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL)
188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street
New York, NY

Click here for more details. 



Scholarships for Full Day Training Seminars
Foundation Center
Scholarships are now available for representatives of nonprofits to attend Foundation Center training seminars at the New York library/learning center. Click here for eligibility and more details.


If you have a job vacancy or community event that you would like to advertise, please forward details to communications@jampact.org








Deadline for inclusion in the monthly newsletter is the 1st of every month. Please contact the editor Camile Beckford at communications@jampact.org


The mission of JAMPACT is to use our collective energy, intelligence and resources to influence and improve socio-economic conditions which affect Jamaica and the Jamaican Diaspora by (i) developing social welfare programs with a particular focus on educational initiatives targeting youth; (ii) facilitating research, stimulating constructive dialogue, raising public awareness; and (iii) providing opportunities and resources to grow and strengthen the network of young professionals, students and friends of Jamaica.