The Jamaica College Old Boys Association of New York is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, incorporated in the State of New York. Since 1990 the association has supported educational, extracurricular and infrastructure programs at Jamaica College.

 

We inspire students at Jamaica College and throughout Jamaica to become science and technology leaders, by enabling STEM & Robotics development. The Jamaica College Old Boys Association of New York also conducts community outreach programs in health, culture and sports in the Northeast USA. Our mission is powered by forging strategic alliances, through project fundraising and by providing technical assistance. We spark innovation. 

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THE GOLDEN GRIFFIN SOCIETY

 

The Golden Griffin Society is a unit of the Jamaica College Old Boys Association of New York Inc. The primary mission of the Society  is to assist in upgrading the Jamaican workforce in  support of the the  Government's Vision 2030 Development plan. This plan is the country's roadmap to developed nation status. The Society focuses on project development, fundraising and execution in STEM fields - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Its programs are for students 6 - 18 years.  Projects supported at Jamaica College are used as  models for scaling our STEM Education programs nationally.

  

THE GRIFFIN AWARDS

 

Prominently featured in the Jamaica College Crest, the Griffin, combines the symbolic qualities of two solar creatures, the lion and the eagle. Qualities emblematic of strength, boldness, courage, leadership, wisdom, selfless service and excellence – the hallmarks of Jamaica College for over 220 years. Recipients of the Griffin Awards are accomplished individuals who exemplify the aforementioned traits through their personal accomplishments, professional achievements and exemplary societal contributions.

KEY PROJECTS

GA$ 

Project:
GRIFFIN AWARDS SCHOLARSHIP
 
Mission:
Through the GRIFFIN AWARDS SCHOLARSHIP (GA$), JCOBA-NY provide and funds innovative and exciting opportunities for Jamaica College students to engage in hands-on science, technology, engineering, math and space exploration activities.  



ROBOTICS

Project:
JAMAICA COLLEGE ROBOTICS CLUB
 
Mission:
Establish and fund the launch of the Jamaica College Robotics Club and transform the school’s STEM Education initiative to 21st Century standard while creating a national model. JCOBANY entered the JC team in the March 2010 FTC competition in NYC. This was the historic and pioneering entry of any school in the entire Caribbean region in the world’s premier robotics competition. To date this record is unbroken.
 
The ultimate intent of its leadership team was always to one day bring the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) home to Jamaica. That 10-year dream came to fruition in spectacular fashion March 8-9 2019 when the inaugural FIRST Tech Challenge - Jamaica National Robotics Championship (RoboJam) was held at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium on the JC campus.

GYMNASIUM

Project:
EQUIPMENT FOR THE NEW FRANK HAL GYMNASIUM
Mission:
Provided state-of-the-art fitness equipment for the  Frank Hall Gymnasium. A full complement of equipment sourced by JCOBA-NY members - shipped and delivered to Jamaica College. 

TRACKSTARS

Project:
TRACKSTARS MAGAZINE
Mission:
Created the widely acclaimed, first and only publication featuring Jamaica Schools at the annual Penn Relays Carnival. Proceeds used to promote Jamaican athletics and to fund the Penn Relays Team and other Jamaica College initiatives.

COMPUTER LAB

Project:
JC COMPUTER LAB
Mission:
Established a fully equipped Computer Lab with 80 computers at Jamaica College during the nascent days of the computer revolution. This was one of the first such ventures for a Jamaican High School. The following year Principal Ruel Taylor was  pleased to report the impact of our effort: "100 percent passes in the GCE A Levels Computer Science examination. Over the years we kept obsolescence at bay, by replenishing the Computer Lab with upgraded equipment. In December 2018, our lastest donation of 150 computers plus printers and peripherals were shipped to JC. 
 
Key partner with a local Old Boy in bringing wireless access to the JC Campus - another first in the nation. 

PENN RELAYS

Project:
PENN RELAYS
 
Mission:
The Jamaica College Old Boys Association funds and coordinate the participation of the JC Track and Field Teams at the annual Penn Relays Carnival, by investing tens of thousands of dollars in cash and kind to cover travel, meals accommodations and ancillary support. Our informal support of Penn Relays started prior to the formal establishment of JCOBA-NY in 1990.