About Us


Who Are We

We are the Class of 1976, proud graduates of Excelsior High School in Jamaica, West Indies, fondly known as XCLR or “Age” (pronounced AGGI), a shortened form of the Latin exhortation, “Age Animo, which means Do it with thy might.

Many of us have excelled in our fields of endeavor and are now lawyers, doctors, engineers, musicians, business owners, and other professionals. We owe our success in no small part to the excellent foundation we received at XCLR. As a way of showing our gratitude and honoring our alma mater, we would like to “pay it forward” by helping students who are without the means to afford an education at XCLR.

Imagine children who feel fortunate about attending school, but who are unable to share with anyone how hungry they are. Teachers who cannot understand when children underperform may discover they are undernourished and cannot maximize their learning skills. Inadequate supplies may also limit the ability of children to take part in school activities during pandemic surges, natural disasters and other emergencies when educational resources and equipment are at a premium.

These are some of the things that our fundraising helps.

Why We Exist

Our own individual and collective experiences have helped to inform our decision to become more actively involved in supporting our alma mater, XLCR. In retrospect, we recognize that as wonderful as many students might have found the high school experience, there were so many others who could have excelled further had it not been for various personal challenges in their living environments, which significantly impacted their academic, and in some instances, their social progress.

In addition to financial difficulties, some students have been dealing with issues such as physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, homelessness, hunger, domestic violence, and substance use by parent and/or child – issues that most people would find uncomfortable to share with anyone. Imagine then, the impact of these traumatic situations on minors who feel powerless to address their individual situations but are expected to cope and excel in school.

In light of these concerns, the 1976 Foundation supports the Excelsior student population via a mentorship program to enhance academic and social growth as needed. In instances in which mentorship might not be the clear or only solution, the foundation will fundraise and work with other reputable resources to address the identified issues.

Our Purpose, Vision and Mission

Our purpose is to enhance academic success and enhance wellness for students. 

Our vision is to (i) provide a model for promoting wellness to serve as a pilot program for other organizartions;  and (ii) create a healthy and balanced community.

Our mission is to provide funding for the following programs:

(i). Professional counseling sessions as needed;

(ii). Academic tutoring outside of regular classrooms;

(iii) Activities aimed at promoting positive self-image.

Our Theme and Message

Our central theme is “Promoting the self-image of humans as created in the image of God.” 

Our message is sponsoring wellness for students through the use of professional counselors, mentors and other resources, since elevating the youth assures a better future for all generations.