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Jamaica National Building Society Foundation NEWSLETTER August 2013

Leading with


Earl Jarrett (centre), General Manager of Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) and Chairman of the JNBS Foundation is flanked by winners of the JNBS General Manager’s Award for Best Photo, Orlando Bryan of Clarendon College and Naomi Redway of Westwood high School. They were at the Resolution Project Awards held at the Rex Nettleford Hall, The University of the West Indies on July 16.

Spotlight Shines on Resolution Project Photographers Naomi Redway and Orlando Bryan, have jointly won the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) General Manager’s Awards for Best Photo, in the 2013 Resolution Project high school advocacy through photography competition programme. Redway, of Westwood High School in Trelawny; and Bryan, of Clarendon College; were among more than 100 students from some 35 rural schools across the island who were recognised at the Rex

Nettleford Hall, The University of the West Indies on Tuesday, July 16. Redway also emerged as the Most Outstanding Female Photographer while Mikhail Henry of Glenmuir High School in Clarendon was named Most Outstanding Male Photographer. Glenmuir took home the coveted award for Best School, and another of its students, Carl Simpson earned the award for Emerging Photojournalist, landing him an internship at The Gleaner Company for summer 2014. Participants in the Alpha Boys

Resolution Project held in December 2012 were also recognised at the event. Guest Speaker at the Awards Ceremony was Film Director, Mr. Storm Saulter of ‘Better Mus Come’ fame who gave a riveting presentation on his journey as an artist, which began with photography. TV personality and Youth Advocate Emprezz Golding was Master of Ceremonies for the event. ...continued on page 2

IN THIS ISSUE Resolution Project Awards


Financial Literacy


International Mandela Day 4 Financial Literacy Project


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Ceremony was sponsored by The Gleaner Company, The Gleaner’s Youthlink magazine, Sanaa Studios and Pepsi Jamaica Limited.

Other Outstanding Photographers in the 2012/2013 Competition

“Downtown Beauty” by Orlando Bryan, Clarendon College

An initiative of Earl Jarrett, General Manager of Jamaica National, the Resolution Project, formerly called Youth Zoom, offers a creative avenue through which young people can express and give voice to their concerns. The project challenges students to critically examine the issues affecting their respective communities, and facilitates the use of photography as a tool to commend or advocate for change in situations or the lives of people, which might otherwise have been invisible. “Photography is a powerful tool for advocacy, because photographs can and have changed lives,” Mr.

“Share the Happiness” by Naomi Redway,, Westwood High School

Jarrett told the recipients at the awards ceremony. He said, “The Resolution Project provides an avenue for you to use your creativity to conceptualize and create high quality images.” He reminded students that, “Photographs are our memories, and it is important that what is captured is a record for posterity, whether good or bad.” Alicia Glasgow, Resolution Project Manager said the theme of this year’s cycle “Portraits of a People” challenged students to explore several aspects of Jamaican life: at home, at work and at play. The Resolution Project Awards

Aabuthnott Gallimore High School, St. Ann • Franchester Virgo Clarendon College, Clarendon • Shontol Harris • Francina Francis Dinthill High School, St. Catherine • Sherisse Gordon • Owayne Russell

• Glenmuir High School, Clarendon • Oreva Akpokene • Makeda Bawn • Tehri-Ann Brown • Ashley Stephens Grange Hill High School, Westmoreland • Osheenei Graham • Petrona McDonald Hampton School, St. Elizabeth • Nicole Brumley • Alesha Rowe Knox College, Clarendon • Apryl Taylor Mount Alvernia High School, St. James • Jhanelle Brown Ocho Rios High School, St. Ann • Sarie Whyte Seaforth High School, St. Thomas • Cassandra Minott Savanna-la-Mar Resolution Project • Shante Gooden Spalding High School, Clarendon • Kemar Pryce

Glenmuir High School Student, Carl Simpson (left), accepts the Award for Emerging Photo Journalist from Hope McMillan-Canaan Officer – Online Integration and Niche Products , The Gleaner Company. The Gleaner has extended a 2014 summer internship to Carl as part of its partnership with Resolution Project.

Glenmuir High School Student, Mikhail Henry (centre), who took home the Award for Most Outstanding Photographer in the 2012/2013 Competition is flanked by Resolution Project Awards Master of Ceremonies, Emprezz Golding and Film Director and Guest Speaker, Storm Saulter.

Thompson Town High School • Terry-Ann Green Westwood High School, Trelawny • Nia Green


Celebrating International Nelson Mandela Day! In recognition on Nelson Mandela Day, JNBS Foundation hosted an educational and recreational treat at The Source Savanna-la Mar on Thursday July 18, 2013. The event catered to more than 200 children from four underserved communities: Seaton Crescent, Gully Banks, Grotto and Russia.  Under the theme ‘Take action… Inspire change, the day’s proceedings not only celebrated Nelson Mandela’s life, but also represented a call to action for people to recognize their ability to have a positive effect on others around them. Participants were encouraged to embrace the values that Mandela shared, particularly as it relates to children and the elderly. Check out scenes from the event...

JN Foundation Leads Financial Literacy Project for Remittance Clients The Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) Foundation has embarked on a partnership with the Inter-American Dialogue aimed at increasing financial literacy among

“Research has indicated a significant gap between clients who regularly receive remittances from overseas, and those who convert a portion of those funds into savings.

Mrs. Miller concluded, “A number of our regular remittance clients were missing out on opportunities to reap the larger benefits that JN membership offers. Our mantra ‘we’ll

Jamaica National’s remittance clients. The sixth-month project, which began in June 2013, seeks to educate more than 9,000 JN Money Transfer clients in proper financial planning

We therefore thought it prudent to assist these clients, in understanding the value of saving, and becoming better able to manage their finances in the long-run,” she opined.

help you find a way’ is not only about finding finding products to suit individuals’ current needs, but also forecasting and planning for the future.”

and management, within select regions across Jamaica. This is with a view to building the clients’ capacity to increase and sustain higher levels of economic independence.

Through the project, more than 10 JNBS employees, called ‘Educators’ have been trained to provide financial planning tools including savings and budgeting, in one-on-one

The financial literacy project is being implemented in six JNBS branches and one JN Money Shop with high levels of remittance traffic. The branches are JN Half-Way-

Mrs. Rose Miller, Grants Manager, JNBS Foundation, explained that remittance clients represent a major segment of Jamaica National’s total client base.

sessions with clients. Educators also introduce clients to a myriad of other financial products tailored to meet their specific needs.

Tree,Christiana, Savanna-la-Mar, Montego Bay, Spanish Town, Linstead and the JN Money Shop in Lucea.

Techies Give‘Thumbs Up’ to Local techies are eyeing as a possible lifeline for startups in the local tech industry. The English-speaking Caribbean’s first crowd-funding platform recently launched by JN Small Business Loans and its sister organisation JN Foundation, currently supports charities and community-based organisations seeking funding for projects. It came on-stream with a

donation phase; however, a “lending phase,” to provide access to seedfunding for local micro-entrepreneurs will be in place by September. However, discussions with several prominent local tech entrepreneurs and researchers revealed that they see enormous possibilities for tech startups on this funding platform.

Ingrid Riley, social media strategist and principal of CONNECTiD, a nonprofit tech entrepreneurship organisation, says the industry really needs that type of the platform. “It holds a lot of possibility and opportunities for the tech industry, especially for start ups.” She noted that, “The tech industry wants to see how we can plug in a few projects for which funding could be secured because funding is what they really need, without question. And so, it would be great to test the tech industry and tech groups on the portal,” she declared.

Saffrey Brown, General Manager of JN Foundation, talks to bloggers and techies about the new website during a meeting at the Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston, recently. Some tech entrepreneurs believe the platform could facilitate tech startups locally

The local IT industry has been experiencing increased growth in recent years, as internet access, which now stands at about 55 percent of the population, and continues to grow, according to Internet World Stats; and mobile technology penetration, which is 98.4 percent, has inundated the market, according to the Planning Institute of Jamaica. Dr. Marcia Forbes, who has written widely on social media in Jamaica,

was slightly more cautious and suggests that while the platform does have potential for deepening the base of the micro and small business sector, its target to everyday Jamaicans wanting to start a business may not be as attractive to techies.

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Techies Give‘Thumbs Up’ to from page 5 “They are more highly educated and should try to find a god parent,” she surmises. But young techies, such as Klieon John, share a different perspective. The University of the West Indies graduate, who operates the popular UNICEF Jamaica blog … believes the site has the potential to facilitate the growth of the tech startup industry. “As much as it’s important to support people in traditional small business to do what they are doing, I think Jamaica is undoubtedly leading the Caribbean when it comes to tech entrepreneurship and because of that it needs a lot more support. And, there are many wonderful ideas out there that support other small businesses that aren’t even in tech support. This could be a unique opportunity for partnership,” Klieon opined. Concretising Klieon’s point, Saffrey Brown, General Manager, JN Foundation said beyond funding there are opportunities for persons to make linkages that can spur greater ideas and spawn new and lucrative possibilities.

Oshane Hutchinson (left) and Shaena-lee Peters, ACTION Jamaica volunteers, waving branded flags in Half Way Tree on Sunday, August 11.

“For example, there may be opportunities for people to develop partnerships that take a simple micro idea and transform into a web-based technology that will reach millions, or to explore ways in which technology can be used to support the operations of the business. So there are those possibilities that we are confident that the platform can facilitate,” she said. Philip Bernard, General Manager, JNSBL says while micro business is translated to means occupations, such

as fruit vendors or fishers to many Jamaicans, is meant to be a platform for any kind of startup, including techie projects. “While the portal is indeed targeted to those persons who are at the base of the pyramid, in the first instance, what we are providing is a platform for all Jamaicans to access opportunities to develop their products and services; and, as the platform grows, we do foresee windows to raise funds for startups that may require capital beyond micro funds,”

The ACT behind the ACT!ON... Each month we feature a member of the team or a key partner. This month we bring you a little on our Project Manager, Roger Graham.

In Roger’s words... I have always enjoyed implementing projects that will make a difference in the lives of Jamaican youths. As project manager of the JAA Junior Clubs in Schools Project, the issue of road safety has become a genuine threat to young person's not only in Jamaica but worldwide and as the project manager for this initiative we will be looking to equip the next generation with the tools needed to create the change that we want to see on our Jamaican roads. I fully believe in the potential of our young person's to generate this change through their imagination and ingenuity.

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