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Burchell Youth Development Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: Empowering Jamaican students to build better lives through educational and spiritual development, the Mission of our faith-based nonprofit is to work in solidarity with local church partners to deliver programs that will transform lives and support youth development on this Caribbean island.

Results: In 2017 , we have expanded our reach and now work through 9 churches in four civic parishes across western Jamaica (Westmoreland, St. James, Trelawny and St. Ann). 42 scholarships were awarded last year. All 21 of our secondary scholarship awardees have expressed interest in post secondary education. The remaining 21 are currently in post secondary programs. 11 students started their first year of college in 2017. A requirement for award of a scholarship is active participation in church and extracurricular activities at school. All students are adhering to this requirement and having a positive impact.

Target demographics: deserving high school and college students ages 12 -21.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 42 high school and college students attending over 20 schools.

Geographic areas served: Central & Western Jamaica

Programs: educational and spiritual support in the form of scholarships administered in partnership with 9 Baptist and Catholic churches in the civic parishes of Westmoreland, St. James, Trelawny and St. Ann.

Community Stories

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

We continue to support this wonderful and very benevolent scholarship foundation, Burchell Youth Development Foundation.

The dedication and veracity of the officers is exceptionally admirable.

If you truly want to help and make a positive difference in a child’s life please donate to this very worthy foundation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The foundation is a true representation of faith, hope and love. I'm a first hand witness to blessing that the foundation shares with Jamaican families. They enrich the lives of our youths giving them hope for the future, faith that they will achieve and the knowing that they are loved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Burchell Youth Development Foundation holds a special place in my heart as I have not only benefitted from being a part of this foundation but I have seen and continue to see the tremendous impact it has on the lives of students and families in Jamaica. Many students who would have been forced to miss days at school or miss a semester of college because of affordability have been able improve on their studies. The foundation's emphasis on spiritual and educational growth has enforced for the youths how important it is to work hard and share their talents. There are 26 students from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Montego Bay Jamaica who continue to benefit from this foundation. I know that there are many more of other denomination who are currently benefitting as well.

Donor

Rating: 5

Burchell Youth Development Foundation has to be one of the most authentic charities of it’s kind, as practically every dollar you give goes directly to the recipient.

Even when any officer of the Foundation travels for Charity Business the Travel Expenses are paid for by the Officer and not the charity. This Charity is all about providing the recipients the necessary educational opportunities to be successful in the world.

I would encourage all to at least take a moment and learn how worthy this Charity is.

Susan L E.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am very impressed with the work done by the Burchell Youth Development Foundation. The team is comprised of dedicated members from Jamaica and the United States who work tirelessly for the youth of Jamaica. The Burchell Youth Development Foundation wants all of scholarship winners to succeed. Sometimes non academic needs impact success. Everything is done to to encourage and keep students engaged with learning. Burchell Youth Foundation understands success is not instantaneous and has made the commitment to provide long term support for the students and their families.

In six years, the Burchell Youth Development Foundation has provided assistance to a wide variety of people to begin or complete their education. I see how lives can be changed and will continue to support the Burchell Youth Development Foundation mission.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Burchell for the past 6 years. It is a wonderful foundation. We have a talented and dedicated group of partners in Jamaica who help us to deliver needed scholarships to worthy students. Through these scholarships we hope to make a lasting and positive impact on Jamaica. The students are required to maintain a high level of academic performance as well as give back to their communities through their work at the churches and parishes.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What and amazing nonprofit!! They continue to change the lives of others for the better. It's a blessing to know such wonderful people who are doing extraordinary work!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing nonprofit that truly serves the most deserving individuals and family. They do an excellent job at engaging community and keeping donors informed about the happenings of the organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have immensely enjoyed participating in and supporting the Burchell Youth foundation annual 5k. The opportunity to support the youth of Jamaica in their education is beyond rewarding. I may never meet a student who had been blessed by this foundation, but I know by the stories shared and emotions expressed this foundation has paved the way for the future leaders of Jamaica.

Tracy C.4

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so proud of the work and impact of the Burchell Youth Development Foundation! The children in Jamaica, specifically around the Montego Bay area have been helped so profoundly spiritually and financially by the BYDF already and with God's help, so much more can and will be done.

Donor

Rating: 5

The focus , energy and dedication of Ray and the Burchell Board are absolutely incredible. I have been moved by the many stories of need and successful support. It makes me proud to be a supporter. The Foundation is truly "the hands and feet" of the Lord.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Burchell Youth Development Foundation has proven to be a Godsend to many children in Jamaica seeking a better life through education. My family has supported the program for a number of years and we're very proud to be a part of such a wonderful cause. The value of the contribution pays back ten fold!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It is an honor to be a part of such an inspiring foundation as it relieves some financial burden placed on students who are aspiring to achieve higher learning. The Burchell Youth Development Program is truly a blessing to many.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Burchell Youth Development Foundation is not just about assisting persons financially but it recognizes a youth for the great work him or her has done.

I am proud to say it is truly a great opportunity to be apart of this foundation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Burchell Youth Development Foundation has been a real catalyst for change in the region. Their service to the community in aiding young children and adults to a better education will drive real socioeconomic growth for the members of the church and a better future for the parish and country as a whole. Glad to see the organic growth of the foundation great work being done!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a loving legacy which serves to help the children of Jamaica. As an educator, it is important for me to see dynamic results regarding any scholarship foundation.

Burchell Youth Development Foundation does produce positive and rewarding results. This foundation has impacted the lives of many of their scholarship recipients .

I look forward to following many of these bright young students.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been looking for a "Worthy" and "Direct" Educational Nonprofit for over five years and I was very happy to find The Burchell Youth Development Foundation.

What I truly like about this foundation is it's Dedication to the Students they Serve. Even when the founder or other administrative officers travel for foundation related work it is done on their own dime and not the foundations. Virtually all the donations are given directly to these beautiful children so they will have a chance to make a positive difference in their world.

I hope more donors will take note of this genuine and very worthy educational foundation. Learning the history of Jamaica is in itself an eye opening experience.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This foundation has not only help me financially but also help to mold and give my son Orane Hibbert one of first recipient , to continue strive for excellence , Big thank you Mr Ray Matteson and the foundation for the tremendous work you are doing to help the future generation , may God continually be with you all..


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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The Burchell Youth Foundation is doing an amazing job impacting the lives of citizens with commitment, love and faith on a spiritual and a financial level . They have continued to empower our youths and communities as they have now partnered with us in our mission at Hart Street. We are thankful for the opportunities from the foundation and wish them continued blessing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a recipient of this undoubtedly God sent scholarship, i can attest to its beneficial and motivating impact it has left on my life. it enables me to reduce a financial burden that my education has placed on my parents as well as to provide me with an incentive to continue striving for excellence in my academics. this scholarship is truly a blessing and i can only imagine the good it will do for others should it continue to grow.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Burchell Youth Development Foundation has touched the lives of many students and continues to do so even more with its expansion to the catholic church a few years ago. We have helped many students by providing full or partial scholarships to those who otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity to get a wholesome educational experience.
I have been lucky enough to be a part of the wonderful team of volunteers and would not have it no other way. Seeing the huge smiles on the faces of parents and students as we award these scholarships is a feeling comparable to nothing else.
Thanks to the folks at the Helm of the foundation, our blessings can be shared to those in need.