Twenty-four years since the launch of the Jamaica Broilers Group’s Back-to-School Initiative, the program has transformed the lives of about 7,000 children in the parish of St. Catherine, Jamaica, through bursaries, scholarships and school supplies.
A vision of the former president and current chairman, Robert Levy, the initiative provides much-needed assistance to young people of the various communities in which JBG operates, to be empowered and uplifted through education.
At the inaugural Jamaica Broilers Group’s Back-to-School presentation in 1992, 50 students received school supplies. Recently, 350 children from McCook’s Pen, Bodles, Free Town and Spring Village received supplies such as school bags, exercise books, pens, pencils, dictionaries, rulers, sharpeners, erasers, crayons and pencil cases, valued at $500,000.
In addition, the Robert Levy Scholarships and educational bursaries awards totaling $560,000 were presented to students residing in the Spring Village community – home of the Best Dressed Chicken Processing Plant.
Book vouchers and educational bursaries are awarded based on academic performance.
Each recipient is required to maintain at least a “B” average throughout high school and university. However, students matriculating to high school and university are automatic recipients.