Established in January 2007, A Better Jamaica, Inc. is a tax-exempt nonprofit community service organization that engages in activities designed to strengthen a set of southeast Queens, New York neighborhoods known collectively as Jamaica. A Better Jamaica has sixteen program initiatives: Family Movies in the Park; Jamaica311; Classic Film Fridays; Jamaica Reads; Jamaica Solutions; The Jamaica Ball; JAC’s Holiday Music; Jamaica Shoots; The AirTrain Jazz Festival; The Delightful Festival (incorporating Cinema En Español); ABJ’s CASA; The Carver Scholars Program; The Jamaica Dance Festival; SU-CASA; the St. Albans Craft Walk; and Art to the People.

About Jamaica

Comprised of Community Boards 12 and 13, Jamaica has a total population of 419,886. Of Jamaica’s residents, 74% are 18 or over and 26% are younger than 18. Though socio-economically diverse, 28% of Jamaica residents receive some form of income support. 64% of Jamaica residents are Black Nonhispanic; 12% are Hispanic; 10% are White Nonhispanic; 7% are Asian; and 7% are Other. 32% of U.S. households with children under 18 are headed by single parents. In Jamaica as a whole, single parents head 43% of households with children under 18. Single parents in the Community Board 12 part of Jamaica head 51% of households with children under 18. Intact families not only provide greater resources for children’s economic, time and social needs, but allow parents to dedicate time to meet community infrastructure needs by serving as coaches, scout leaders, and organizers of other community based activities. Communities in which the incidence of single parent headed households is high, too often exist without some of these infrastructure needs being met. A Better Jamaica endeavors to serve some of these unmet needs.


A Better Jamaica was founded by Jamaica born and raised resident Greg Mays. Mr. Mays is a graduate of Jamaica’s P.S. 15 and I.S. 59. He graduated from Bayside High School before enrolling in Brooklyn’s Medgar Ever College for a year, and graduating from Howard University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in accounting. Mr. Mays also holds a Master of Business of Administration degree from Harvard Business School. After graduating from college, Mr. Mays worked for two years as a certified public accountant with Coopers & Lybrand (now a part of PricewaterhouseCoopers). After graduate school, Mr. Mays was National Advertising Director for Black Enterprise magazine. Other relevant career highlights include two years spent as District Manager of film distribution for Sony Corporation of America’s Columbia Pictures.

Board of Directors

Curtis R. Simmons (Chair)
Roslin V. Spigner (Treasurer)
Samantha A. Inniss (Secretary)
Gail Lewis (Member)
Greg Mays (Founder)

Board Members Emeriti

Isisara Bey
Lloyd W. Brown, II
Charles E. Sims, Jr.

Tax Exempt Status

A Better Jamaica is a New York State not-for-profit corporation and is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Click below for a PDF version of A Better Jamaica’s tax-exempt determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service, its New York State Office of the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau registration statement, or its New York State and local Sales Tax Exempt Purchase Certificate.

ABJ IRS Tax Exempt Determination Letter
ABJ NYS OAG Charities Bureau Registration
ABJ New York State and Local Sales Tax Exempt Purchase Certificate

Contact Us

Greg Mays
Executive Director
A Better Jamaica
114-73 178th Street
Jamaica, New York 11434
(718) 657-2605

Please Donate!

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