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

In addition to our intellectual capital that has sparked innovation at JC, for over three decades we have been a steady, consistent and reliable resource for our alma mater. 

Since our founding in 1990, the Jamaica College Old Boys Association of New York contributed over JMD 281 Million Dollars in cash and kind to Jamaica College. In addition, our main benefactor, Dr. Joseph Tait ('53) has made the single largest cash contribution of JMD 97 Million Dollars to support academics at JC. Hence, the total financial impact (and counting) from your New York Chapter is a respectful JMD 378 Million Dollars. 


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, leveraging intellectual capital, through project fundraising and by providing technical assistance.


We spark innovation.


JCOBA-NY  is committed to empowering Jamaica College students through academic and athletic excellence, with a focus on promoting and funding STEM education. We believe in providing innovative learning opportunities and top-tier athletic resources to unlock every student's potential for success. Our tireless efforts aim to create a transformative and enduring impact on the experiences of all students at our alma mater, equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and mindset to thrive in the 21st century and beyond.




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 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Its programs are for students 6 - 18 years.  Projects supported at Jamaica College are used as  models for scaling our STEM Education programs nationally.




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 235 years. Recipients of the Griffin Awards are accomplished individuals who exemplify the aforementioned traits through their personal accomplishments, professional achievements and exemplary societal contributions.

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