Cornerstone Jamaica, Inc.

Highland Park, IL   |  cornerstonejamaica.org

Mission

Cornerstone Jamaica brings people and resources together to create sustainable programs that improve health and education in Jamaican communities.

Ruling year info

2018

Chief Executive Officer

Briana McIntosh

Founder and Chairman

Gary Robinson

Main address

1077 Court Ave

Highland Park, IL 60035 USA

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EIN

82-2631325

NTEE code info

International Educational Development (Q34)

Public Health Program (E70)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

"See Better. Learn Better"

Education is the key to greater opportunity in life and the chance to see your dreams come to fruition. But what if a child can't see well? What if a child cannot see what is written on the board in class or has trouble seeing their school books? Uncorrected refractive error is an educational barrier that need not exist. We have a simple yet profound mission: bring vision screening to every school in Jamaica. To give every child the equal chance to achieve academic success. We do this by partnering with schools and the local community to bring pediatric eye care professionals teams to the kids. Every child in the partner school will receive a quality vision screening and, if a vision issue is discovered, will receive a comprehensive eye exam and custom RX glasses.

"See Better. Learn Better" is Cornerstone Jamaica's flagship program but in 2019, it became its own independent registered charity in Jamaica. Cornerstone Jamaica remains a key partner and continues to support this work.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with vision impairments

CornerstoneConnex is an initiative created to enhance Internet connectivity in schools, provide tablet and laptop devices, and cybersafety awareness to students and communities to advance learning and the education experience for school children in western Jamaica.

Population(s) Served
Students

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Cornerstone Jamaica has a network of 11 partner schools in Western Jamaica. That network has over 3500 students and over 500 teachers. Each school principal participates in quarterly networking meetings and we also have an active WhatApp chat with our network that is used on a weekly basis to 1) share news/events, 2) program updates or decisions, and 3) host discussions around the ever-changing landscape with learning. One of the school principals is on our board of directors and benefactors are welcome to join monthly Cornerstone Jamaica General Body Meetings. Lastly, we also use google form surveys to assess program development and implementation.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Since our main communication comes from school principals, we have to be mindful of their time,

Financials

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Operations

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Cornerstone Jamaica, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/14/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gary Robinson

Marva Davis-Clarke

Broughton Primary School, Westmoreland Jamaica

Anika Robinson

Communications Director and Producer at TVJ

Scott G Glickson

Marjorie Sandlow

Cate Toney

Vice-Chairman

Briana McIntosh

President & CEO

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/13/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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