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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Young Diaspora Group Returns on Yearly Trip to Improve the Conditions of Jamaican Schools

Jamaica Impact, Inc. (JAMPACT) Annual Service Trip to Jamaica

KINGSTON, JAMAICA – On May 2, 2010, members of Jamaica Impact, Inc. (JAMPACT), a New York-based non-profit organization consisting of young professionals, will arrive in Jamaica on their annual membership trip. JAMPACT’s ‘Annual Service Trip’ is conducted as a part of their charitable initiatives centered on educational institutions in Jamaica and offers an opportunity for the organization’s members and supporters to connect with the community they serve and submit their resources to helping four basic schools located in inner city Kingston.

The JAMPACT Service Trip activities, which last from May 2-6, will kick off with an opening reception entitled, “Saluting Our Teachers and Students” to be held at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 2, 2010 at the Liquanea Club, Knutsford Boulevard. The reception will give the opportunity for the organization to share its overall vision for the development of its programs in the coming years and its plans for making a sustainable impact during its service trip.

With an abundance of successful contributions under its belt, JAMPACT has been acting under the radar and serving schools in inner city communities for many years. Since adopting its first basic school in 1998, JAMPACT has committed to four basic schools in underserved areas (Cole’s, Crescent Road, St. Steven’s and Maxfield Park Children’s Home Basics Schools) and has been running its service trips to Jamaica for over five years.

“This firsthand experience is vital to us understanding the needs of the children in our four adopted schools, and for us to directly learn ways we can more strongly impact the quality of the educational institutions.” – explain JAMPACT Board Members with regard to their Annual Service Trip.

In keeping with its focus on education, its first set of activities for the 2010 Service Trip will incorporate a reading session with the kids of Maxfield Park Children’s Home in recognition of Read Across Jamaica Day. Service activities for volunteers will span a multi-day period involving renovation and beautification of the basic schools, including ground cleanup and repainting building structures. In a grand gesture at enhancing the surroundings at a few of its adopted schools, JAMPACT, in collaboration with five students from the University of Technology, has taken on a mural painting project that will begin with St. Steven’s Basic School and extend to two other schools over a four week period.

In addition to its beautification initiatives, JAMPACT plans to contribute much needed structural improvements to school buildings. Work on the range of schools involve supplying and installing brand new fixtures such as ceiling fans, lighting instruments, smoke detectors and other safety mechanisms. Major renovation projects include repaving the playground at Crescent Road Basic School and establishing office facilities at Cole’s Basic School.

The jam-packed week will culminate with a networking mixer at the ultra-chic lounge, Christopher’s in New Kingston on Thursday, May 6th at 6:00 p.m.  All are invited.

Activity Schedule:
Sunday, May 2nd – Opening Reception at the Liguanea Club, 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 4th – Visit St. Steven's and Maxfield Park Children’s Home Basic School
Wednesday, May 5th – Visit Crescent Road Basic
Thursday, May 6th – Visit Cole's Basic School
Thursday May 6th - Networking Mixer at Christopher’s, New Kingston, 6:00 p.m.

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About JAMPACT
www.jampact.org
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 whose mission is to use their collective energies, intelligence, and resources to make positive contributions toward the improvement of social and economic conditions in Jamaica.   JAMPACT works towards achieving its mission in two distinct ways, through:  Contribution to the policy debate on economic growth and education and tangible contributions to needy organizations in Jamaica.  Their slogan “PROMISE, POTENTIAL, PROGRESS” reflects their commitment to creating change in Jamaica.


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