Jamaican Advantage thru Sports for Youth (JASY)
JASY was formed in October 2006 as a charitable Mission Outreach and Youth Ministry program by the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford, NY and St. Patrick's Foundation in Kingston, Jamaica for the benefit of underprivileged children in Kingston, Jamaica.
Youth Ministry volunteers from First Presbyterian Church and St. John Fisher College in Rochester plan and coordinate annual JASY Sports Training Camp activities under the guidance of professionally trained and certified volunteer Sports Program Directors. Each day is themed (Joy, Gratitude, Faith, Teamwork, Finish Line), with each venue placing an emphasis on the theme of the day. Campers hear a biblical message related to the theme each day in Olympic Village. JASY campers also learn teamwork and community in Caribbean Games (team-themed gym games) and in the football (soccer) venues. Swim lessons help to teach the campers to have faith in themselves and others.
JASY Camp participation has also become an integral part of the youth ministry at First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford. Many senior high and college aged youth have participated multiple times. Here is what some of them had to say about the experience.
In 2009 JASY received recognition and endorsement from the Office of the Prime Minister as a key program supporting the efforts of the Jamaica National Transformation Programme.
JASY is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Charitable Organization. JASY is a registered Charitable Organization with the Office of NY Attorney General. Registration #40-66-09.