derrickreckordgracefoodsAn exciting, productive and adventuresome opportunity exists for college students of Jamaican parentage who are studying in the United States, Canada and the UK to be ambassadors for Jamaica through the Grace Kennedy Jamaica Birthright Program. Under the program, students between 18 and 25 years old who have not lived in Jamaica for more than six months and who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies, and who have a B average or higher can apply now through November 30 to participate in the 2017 schedule.

The program was announced in New York recently by Derrick Reckord, senior vice president for marketing with Grace Foods USA during a Diaspora engagement session with Irwine Clare on Irie Jam Radio 93.5 FM.

Selected students will receive a five week all-expense paid trip to Jamaica where they will gain a tremendous amount of knowledge about their Jamaican heritage. Additionally, they will be exposed to a diversified Jamaican experience through cultural activities and professional training at a GraceKennedy operation in Jamaica.

Caroline Mahfood, executive director for the GraceKennedy Foundation said the 2016 Programme was very successful and the interns had a memorable and rewarding experience.

Application forms are available at and questions can be emailed to

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