Central America-Caribbean Celebrates International Day of Peace

September 23, 2015

Guadalupe, Costa Rica—UPF celebrated the International Day of Peace with events in four countries in Central America and the Caribbean: Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica.


Day of Families Observed in Jamaica

May 19, 2013

Kingston, Jamaica - UPF-Jamaica hosted a program at the UPF Lecture Hall in Kingston on May 19 in keeping with the United Nations Declaration of May 15 as the International Day of Families. The theme was "Advancing Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity."


Religious Youth Service Gives Jamaica School a Facelift

August 16, 2012

Portland Parish, Jamaica - Youth from six nations assembled on Aug. 3, 2012 for a 13-day Religious Youth Service project on Jamaica's northeast coast, where they cleaned classrooms, repaired a fence and did landscaping at an elementary school.


Day of Families Observed in Kingston

May 13, 2012

Kingston, Jamaica - On Mothers’ Day, May 13, UPF-Jamaica hosted a program at the UPF Lecture Hall in keeping with the United Nations Declaration of May 15 as the International Day of Families. The theme was "Balancing Spirituality and Practical Affairs in the Family."


Religious Youth Service Project to Aid Jamaica Schools

April 9, 2012

Portland Parish, Jamaica - Religious Youth Service-Jamaica is inviting applicants for a service-learning experience from August 3 to 16 to help make improvements at three schools on Jamaica's northeast coast and experience the vibrant culture of this Caribbean island nation celebrating its 50th anniversary of independence under the motto "Out of Many, One People."


Ambassadors for Peace from UPF-Richmond, Virginia Visit Jamaica

July 8, 2011

UPF-Richmond, Virginia, USA - Four Ambassadors for Peace from Richmond and Washington, D.C. flew to Kingston, Jamaica for a UPF conference with more than 80 Ambassadors for Peace, family, friends, and new contacts at the Stella Maris Catholic Church Hall in Kingston. 


Religious Youth Service Gives Jamaican Schools a Facelift

November 22, 2010

Kingston & Portland, Jamaica - Members of the Jamaican Religious Youth Service club joined youth from the US Nov. 1-22, 2010, in Kingston and Portland to give schools a facelift, take part in a campaign to prevent dengue, visit places of worship and participate in interfaith dialogue.


Building Fences and Making Friends at a Religious Youth Service Project in Jamaica

March 8, 2010

Portland and Kingston, Jamaica - Eleven young people from the US traveled to Jamaica for a Religious Youth Service project Feb. 22-March 7, 2010, that included building fence in Portland, painting fences and walls in Kingston, making home visits, participating in a forum and making trips to historic sites.


Summer Camps Serve Jamaican Children

August 14, 2009

Jamaica - Two summer camps for children in depressed areas of Jamaica featured life skills training, sports, and character education. The first camp was at the Half Way Tree Primary School and the second at the Braeton Primary and Junior High School.


Day of Families Celebrated in Kingston

May 15, 2009

Kingston, Jamaica - To celebrate the International Day of Families, UPF-Jamaica partnered with the leaders of a character development center founded by the inspiration of a former Governor General of Jamaica. The 60 participants included people from various religions and NGOs.


RYS Youth Help Refurbish Church in Portland, Jamaica

May 1, 2009

Portland, Jamaica – In Portland, Jamaica on May 1, 2009, RYS youth joined Father Francis in refurbishing his church, the St. Agnes Catholic Church. Young people from the community washed the outside of the church in preparation for future painting. Inside work continued with scrapping old wall covering, filling holes and rolling and brushing on a new coat of paint. The work materials were donated by the Archdiocese of Kingston and the members of St. Agnes Catholic Church.


Day of Peace in Jamaica

September 21, 2008

Kingston, Jamaica - A UNICEF-trained lecturer spoke about conflict resolution.


Working with the Thursday Group in Jamaica

July 30, 2008

On my last full day in Jamaica, I was chatting with a lady on the bus. She asked how we were enjoying our stay and was curious to know if we’d gotten to Negril and Montego Bay to enjoy the beaches. When I explained that we really were in Jamaica to teach character education, she said, “Welcome, welcome, welcome to Jamaica!”


RYS Joins Jamaican Community in Creating Plant Nursery

May 23, 2008

Portland, Jamaica - RYS joined hundreds of students and community members in Jamaica to celebrate the National Labor Day Project, May 23. The group worked tirelessly to plant over 500 vegetable 12 seedlings and 70 fruit trees, as well as to erect a greenhouse shed at the Buff Bay High School in Portland.


RYS Participants Repair Community Buildings in Waterford

August 15, 2006

Waterford, Jamaica – Thirty-two young people labored enthusiastically cleaning, repairing and painting the Waterford High School, the Waterford Primary School, and the Waterford Community Center.


RYS Organizes a Leadership Seminar in Jamaica

July 30, 2006

Kingston, Jamaica – Religious Youth Service (RYS) organized a Leadership Seminar to educate its next generation of leaders or second wave of leadership, to help expand its worldwide work.