The Jamaican Association of Michigan (JAM) began as a social club in 1995 and served to bring Jamaicans in the Metropolitan Detroit area together to engage in cultural activities indigenous to Jamaica and the Caribbean. It was shortly thereafter recognized that the association could not solely focus on Jamaicans but must also serve the community in which its members reside. Today, JAM is an IRS certified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization.
The purposes for which the association is organized are exclusively charitable and educational within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Specifically,
- To develop, foster, and maintain programs to meet the educational and economical needs of its members and the Metropolitan Detroit Community at large,
- To be an advocate for the rights of Jamaicans and residents of the State of Michigan,
- To bridge the cultural divide through dialogue, workshops, and programs representing the rich heritage of Jamaica,
- To provide educational and financial assistance to improve the lives of those living in Jamaica, and
- To serve as the primary gateway in Michigan for information on resources relevant to Jamaica and Jamaicans.
JAM is constantly being challenged with the needs of the community in which it exists. From immigration issues of Jamaicans residing in Detroit to the education of the youths, the needs of the community is great. It is JAM’s vision to continue to actively participate, support, and sponsor programs that enrich lives, educate youths, and provide cultural awareness.