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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

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Courtnie T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I became a receipt of the Burchell Youth Development Foundation scholarship in 2015. Since then, this scholarship has assisted my family and I greatly. I am currently in University pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Medicine and Surgery and this would not have been possible without the help of God and the Burchell Youth Development Foundation who continues to give selflessly to young people trying to enhance their lives through education. I will forever be grateful to the Burchell Youth Development Foundation for their continued support as I strive to fulfill my professional dream.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Receiving this scholarship was a great moment for me and my family as it took some financial stress off my parents. We were able to provide the necessities for school and more which made me realize that with God anything is possible. This in turn pushed me to do my best academically, and even in church, as it was my motivation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Burchell Yotuh development foundation is honestly such a great enabler that aids me in achieving my academic dreams. With the help received from the foundation and the members of the foundation, a section of the overall burden of school is relieved and for that I am truly thankful.

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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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am deeply grateful to the kind hearts behind this initiative. Honestly , much of what I accomplished in the last 4 years would not have possible without the help I have received and the support I still get.

I am blessed. I am inspired. I am empowered to display similar sentiments in whatever way I can.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I know about the nonprofit via Instagram (irun4charity) I found really interesing collaborating doing sport and get a medal, so I accepted the challenge, the covid + lockdown came and didn’t know much about what will happen, but they email changing the date of the event. Really cool participating in the event and colaborating for charity.

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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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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It is always wonderful to see great organizations helping those in need and that is exactly what The Burchell Youth Development Foundation is all about. The Foundation has helped so many children in Jamaica get the opportunity they need, to advance their education for a better future. Ray and they entire Burchell Foundation Team are truly living the gospel throught these wonderful programs. I encourage everyone to look more into this wonderful nonprofit and give of your time, talent and treasure.

1 Timothy 1:5
But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I knew the moment that I stepped foot into the Thomas Burchell Baptist Memorial Church, that it would definitely not be my last.
My father, Ray Matteson, the founder and president of this amazing faith based foundation, was so moved that day by what his 4x great grandfather had done for the community of Montego Bay. You could see the Lord's work in his eyes. You could see and feel that he wanted to continue helping them grow and prosper just like Thomas Burchell. He started right away.
The Burchell Youth Development Foundation started with two scholarships and in this past year we have increased to 40! The way my father talks about this foundation, with such passion, commitment, love, and faith, I'm not surprised how far we have come.
This foundations end in mind is to empower the youth with faith and education, and I believe we are on the right path with help of our board of directors, volunteers, fund raisers, and donors.
We are so thankful and blessed.

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Client Served

Rating: 5


Receiving this scholarship has been a great honor for me as it means that my hard work has really paid off, especially from my family who have supported me from the beginning. It feels great to have been chosen as one of the recipients out of many others.
Receiving this scholarship is not just about receiving money; but it tells me that I am seen as having potential for the future of our society and demonstrates the faith the committee has in the younger generations to carry on the traditions of truth, strength, and service. I will make it one of my responsibilities to represent that society and make sure I give back to the community. This scholarship has empowered me to approach my education with confidence.
Because of it, I can now focus on being a student and think about graduating university without the fear of student debt. This scholarship, for me, is not the end but just the beginning.