JN Foundation: Unleashing the Power of Possibility…
Since its inception in 1990, the Jamaica National Building Society Foundation (JNBSF) has charted a dynamic course of corporate social responsibility, with its “Act!on” programmes and projects, dramatically changing the performance of community-based and other organisations; as well as, promoting the development of—social enterprises, financial literacy, education, the arts, community development, road safety, and youth advocacy.
I am proud of the achievements of the JN Foundation; and the ability of its management and team members to accomplish during the past year some 63 community projects and seven internal programmes, which have changed the lives of more than 45,000 beneficiaries in parishes across Jamaica and countless others overseas.
The range and quality of the projects; as well as, their impact and reach are indeed tangible evidence that the JN Foundation continues to successfully “unleash the powerof possibility…” as it contributes to “a skilled, educated workforce to support the sustainable growth and development of Jamaica.”
Through its alliance with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to fund and implement a novel project, the Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI), the JN Foundation has facilitated improved business skills and technical capacity in ten local enterprises. And, already the leaders have demonstrated better management skills, increased sales and employed additional staff members.
At the same time, administrators, educators and students in five high schools in the parishes of St. Mary, Portland and St. Thomas, who are currently participating in the iLead Programme, are reaping the rewards from quality leadership skills and a better school culture.In addition, more than 2,000 persons, young people and adults participated in some 33 seminars and workshops in financial literacy. And, the Member Advisory Councils (MACs), located in JN Branches across the island, continue to lend their support to numerous worthwhile projects, which enhanced the lives of many people in their respective communities.
And, in the same mode that JNBS has reached out beyond our national borders to serve its members in the Diaspora, the JN Foundation has also carried the messages of cultural heritage and national pride to emerging generations of Jamaicans overseas, via its Resolution Project; and, mobilized Jamaicans at home to volunteer, and gain skills though its “Act!on” projects. The successful implementation of the wide range of activities outlined in this annual report, has in turn, facilitated the Society’s on-going commitment to rural re-generation; empowerment of young people through the arts; influenced entrepreneurship and stimulated growth.
I sincerely commend Miss Saffrey Brown, General Manager, for her ability to innovate, inspire and lead with act!on. Her guidance of a brilliant team of young people, positions the JN Foundation, as part of the solution, in the
implementation of projects, which make a difference in the lives of many people.
Together, as agents of change, they have set the pace for the emergence of qualified, motivated citizens
and a better society.