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Jamaica Birthright Students Intern with GraceKennedy for Summer

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Four university students from North America and the United Kingdom participating in 2016 GraceKennedy Jamaican Birthright Programme are in Jamaica for the summer. They arrived arrived on Friday  July 1 and will be there until August 7.

 The students are Casey Daley, a Junior at Florida State University; Kimberly Ann Stephenson, who is pursuing post-graduate studies at New York University; Karis Edwards, final year student at Brunel University in London; and Natasha Allen, a Senior at the University of Toronto.

GraceKennedy Jamaica Birthright Students

GraceKennedy Jamaica Birthright Intern 1

Casey Daley
Casey Daley

GraceKennedy Jamaica Birthright Intern 3

GraceKennedy Jamaica Birthright Intern 4
During what promises to be a life-changing experience for the participants, they will benefit from a professional internship at various GraceKennedy operations, giving them practical exposure to their chosen fields on weekdays

After work and on weekends they will get the chance to explore Jamaica’s rich cultural heritage through its people, music, food and attractions.

During their internship, they will participate in the GraceKennedy Education 5K Run/Walk scheduled for July 10; visit the Bob Marley Museum; dance to the beat at Sumfest 2016 and tour Jamaica’s South Coast.

The main aim of the programme is to provide an opportunity for second and third generation Jamaicans to reconnect with their Jamaican heritage. In order to qualify, the applicants must never have lived in Jamaica.

GraceKennedy's CEO Don Wehby
GraceKennedy’s CEO Don Wehby

“Our customers in the Jamaican Diaspora have been faithful to GraceKennedy throughout the years and this programme is one way of saying that we appreciate their contribution and support,” said Don Wehby, Group CEO of GraceKennedy. “Through our Birthright programme, the children and grandchildren of these Jamaicans will get a chance to experience for themselves what they have been hearing about most of their life. What better way to do so than through this programme,” said Mr Wehby.

Applications from persons to participate in the 2017 cohort will be accepted from September 1 to November 30, 2016.  Application forms will be available online at

For further information, please email [email protected].



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