Diaspora Conference | Reid backs Diaspora in public-private alliance on early childhood education

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Atlanta Students can learn to Code this summer

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The Elaine Bryan Foundation, a Sandy Springs-based nonprofit dedicated to improving student achievement announces the summer STEAM program which will be held at the Microsoft Corporate Office in Alpharetta, GA.

Atlanta area students have an amazing opportunity to learn how to code, develop games and apps this summer. Students can also win a Laptop, complete Microsoft Certifications and receive Microsoft gifts. It is a great option for current 11th & 12th grade high school students & college freshmen.

Registration is now open for the 2017 Microsoft-GECG STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Summer Mentorship Program at Global Education Consultants Group in Sandy Springs, GA

Students should have a strong interest in the STEAM courses and have a GPA of 3.0 or above.

The cost of the program is $380.

Program Dates:

  • June 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, & 29
  •  July 6, 7, & 10

To register:  Register for STEAM

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Atlanta Non-profit launches Touchdown Project in Jamaica

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An Atlanta based non-profit, Jamaican American Athletic Development Inc (JAMAAD), has launched the Touchdown Project, an initiative which aims to introduce American football to Jamaican high schools in the 2017 / 2018 school year.

Working with the Ministry of Youth, Education, and Information, JAMAAD plans to roll out the project to sixteen (16) schools across the island initially.  The schools will compete in two (2) conferences comprised of eight (8) teams each.

JAMAAD was founded in 2015 by Atlanta-based Jamaica-born attorney, Nicole Hoyen-Birch, who attended St. George’s Girls Primary School in downtown Kingston. Their website – www.jamaadsports.com – states their mission as “helping Jamaica’s at-risk youth gain access to opportunities for advancement through American sports.”

The organization’s all-Jamaican board of directors includes Zachary Harding, CEO, Hyperion Equity; David Panton, chairman and CEO, Panton Capital Partners; Bindley Sangster Jr, regional manager, Panasonic Corps; Soyini Ma’at, founder/executive director, Bright Learning Academy; and Christopher Stewart, branch manager, Prime Mortgage Lending Inc.

According to Nicole, the primary objective of the Touchdown Project is to access scholarship opportunities for students to further their education in the United States, with some hopefully going on to play the game professionally. In 2016 alone, US colleges awarded over US$3 billion in athletic scholarships. The sport that benefited the most was American football, with over 90,000 students receiving scholarships.

Jamaicans are known worldwide for their speed. American football coaches recruit players based on a number of criteria including speed, intelligence, strength, and agility. The idea is for Jamaican teenage boys to be taught the rudiments and disciplines of the game, and develop an appreciation for the sport, paving the way for the recruitment of Jamaican students to American schools to play the game. This would provide a new set of opportunities for academic, social and professional advancement, in turn, having a measurable impact on the local economy.

JAMAAD is staggering the roll-out of its programs. Project Home-Run JA (baseball) and Project Slam Dunk (basketball) will ensue after the Touchdown Project.

 

 

 

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Jamaica can make entrepreneurship factory

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Reprinted from the Do Business Jamaica Blog

Jamaica has a great system for producing world-class athletes like Usain Bolt, he says, but other champions of business are in the pipeline. Track and field training is a part of the national culture and it begins at early childhood. Laman wants to use that case study and show how the island can turn into an entrepreneurship factory.

The University of Management and Technology (UMT) was established in Arlington, Virginia in January 1998.

“For my doctorate,” he notes, “I conducted a qualitative multiple case study to understand the success of 15 Jamaican entrepreneurs from various industries, including finance, food production, and hotel ownership.” The study examined the personal factors underlying each entrepreneur’s success story. The data obtained from interviews was supplemented by conversations with family members, data from media reports, documents and other publications.

The study shows that entrepreneurship takes on two different forms in a country like Jamaica, said Laman. The first is conventional “opportunity” entrepreneurship: an entrepreneur identifies and pursues a business opportunity to exploit. The second is “necessity” entrepreneurship, which is prevalent in Jamaica, where most entrepreneurs set up businesses to survive. “It is through their businesses that many people earn a living to support themselves and their families. The good news is that in Jamaica, most children are exposed to the possibility of setting up their own businesses,” notes Laman.

Laman’s study offers a number of interesting findings, including: 100% of his subjects were raised in environments where their family ran a business; 100% identified insights and encouragement from individuals that set them on the path to building a business (Laman calls this “social capital.”); education achievement was not a big predictor of success: some subjects had university educations, most did not; 100% overcame near-crippling adversity in setting up their businesses.

Given the substantial exposure Jamaican children have to running businesses, Laman believes that with proper encouragement and guidance, “Jamaica can crank out top-rated entrepreneurs, just as they produce world-class athletes. It can happen.”

So… what’s your next move? Entrepreneurship or job hunting?!

S. Johns – Contributor
S. Johns started as a stock analyst at a leading brokerage firm in Kingston, Jamaica before transitioning to manage his own portfolio. He soon realized that although stocks go up and down,the desire for prompt market insight remained unchanging.

The views expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of JAMPRO

 

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Anthony Winkler’s archives presented to National Library of Jamaica

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The family of Award winning Jamaican writer, the late Anthony Winkler, a longtime resident of Atlanta, were in Kingston recently for the presentation of his archives to the National Library.

Winkler’s wife Kathy, son Adam and daughter Becky were on hand for the ceremony at the Institute of Jamaica.

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UMT Professor Studies Entrepreneurial Success in Jamaica

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ROSSLYN, Va., March 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Jamaica has a great system for producing world-class athletes and has become known as the “sprint factory.” Usain Bolt, the fastest human on earth, is one example of what the system has produced, but there are plenty of other champions in the pipeline. Track and field training is a part of the national culture and it begins in early childhood. Can this experience be replicated to turn the island into an “entrepreneurship factory?” UMT professor Dr. Glen Laman says “Yes.”

In his well-received book, Jamaican Entrepreneurship:  A review of the characteristics, traits and ideas of some of the island’s most accomplished entrepreneurs, Laman reveals the secrets behind entrepreneurial success and outlines how a small developing country can leverage them to ignite a struggling economy.

 “For my doctorate,” he notes, “I conducted a qualitative multiple case study to understand the success of 15 Jamaican entrepreneurs from various industries, including finance, food production, and hotel ownership.”  The study examined the personal factors underlying each entrepreneur’s success story. The data obtained from interviews was supplemented by conversations with family members, data from media reports, documents and other publications.
Laman’s study offers a number of interesting findings, including: 100% of his subjects were raised in environments where their family ran a business; 100% identified insights and encouragement from individuals that set them on the path to building a business (Laman calls this “social capital.”); education achievement was not a big predictor of success: some subjects had university educations, most did not; 100% overcame near-crippling adversity in setting up their businesses.

Given the substantial exposure Jamaican kids have to running businesses, Laman believes that with proper encouragement and guidance, “Jamaica can crank out top-rated entrepreneurs, just as they produce world-class athletes. It can happen.”

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How to Obtain an Unconditional Landing Permit for Jamaica

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The Jamaican Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta (JAMCHAM) is encouraging Jamaicans to look into obtaining an unconditional landing permit in order to avoid issues when visiting Jamaica for an extended period of time.

Currently, if you arrive in Jamaica using a foreign passport, you will be admitted for a limited period of time and also may be informed that you are not allowed to work there – even if you were born in Jamaica or your parents are Jamaican.

This will no longer be an issue if you obtain an unconditional landing permit which allows you to live in Jamaica indefinitely while being able to attend school  or work without having a work permit.

Another benefit to having the permit is you will be able to use the Jamaica/CARICOM line instead of the Visitor line when arriving on the island. In Montego Bay, the Visitor line is usually a much longer  line.

You can obtain a permit by presenting your foreign passport and appropriate birth certificates to establish your claim to Jamaican heritage to the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency of Jamaica (PICA) in Kingston or in Montego Bay at the Overton Plaza at 49 Union Street. The fee is J$10,000.

The documentary requirements are listed in detail at documents required.

Who qualifies for an unconditional landing status?

  • Persons born overseas of Jamaican parentage or grandparents
  • Jamaicans who are holders of non-Jamaican passports
  • Holders of a Caribbean Community (free movement of skilled persons) Certificate
  • Persons who have been naturalized or registered as citizens of Jamaica.

For further information you can visit the PICA website:  PICA .

 

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