Council Team Training Report - Preparing To Make 2014 A Great Year For Members
by Sarah Beckwith on February 10, 2014 20:27
So, just how is a JCI local chamber run? When I first became a member of JCI Sheffield, I was pretty ignorant to the (obvious!) fact that, behind the training, the networking and the social events, some little elves had been working hard to make it all happen.
Some months later, I frivolously agreed to take on the role of Marketing and Communications Director 2014 and had no idea what I had let myself in for.
Having a demanding job and various hobbies, my initial and very serious worry was time management. I've read many books on the subject and tried different methods to try to get my derriere in gear, but distraction seems to be my best friend.
However, I've been assured - and have convinced myself - that through accurate planning and good communications, there is time to fulfil a council role and be part of the JCI Sheffield machine.
After an incredible Inspiration Day on Saturday February 1st, hosted by JCI Barnsley, I was back on the M1 early Sunday morning for a helping of Council Team Training to kick start the year and make sure we were all up to speed on what is required of a Council Team and how best to plan our year.
The session was delivered by Sarah Beckwith and Drew Charman, from the JCI UK National Board, with Presidents and Deputies from other chambers in attendance.
It was fabulous to have the entire JCI Sheffield Council Team there (the only city to do so, go Sheffield!) to receive the training and it really helped us as a team to crystallise the formalities of what we need to do, to then allow us to be creative in how we're going to do it.
We were taken through the fundamentals of how to run a chamber and reminded of various documents that, as council members, we should be au fait with (the Constitution, the UK Plan of Action, Pathways etc. - don't worry if these mean nothing, I'm still learning too!)
We also did some personality tests, which were great fun (and a stark look in the mirror!) and highlighted everyone in the room's different methods of doing things - just to emphasise how it takes all kinds of people to create something impactful.
The main focus of the day however, was that JCI is a member's organisation. Period. And as Council Members we are responsible for the smooth running of the chamber, the responsible appropriation of the chamber's finances and making sure that all of our members get the very best out of their membership.
Having the entire Sheffield Council Team present meant that we were all aware first hand of the job we have to do. And it was great to be amongst other Council members from around the UK to really drive home the fact that we're part of a national - no global - organisation and that, by staying on the tracks laid out in the training session, we can really help to create positive change in our cities and communities.
As an individual who joined JCI to develop on my personal skills and nothing else, I've really come to appreciate the genuine difference that this organisation makes. There was an air of honesty and sincerity in the room on February 2nd 2014. An air of wanting to Be Better, to help members in achieving their goals and to inject some positive action in the respective communities.
By Ashleigh Gray, Marketing and Communication Director 2014, JCI Sheffield
First Official Courses of 2014
by Sarah Beckwith on January 30, 2014 21:13
On 25 January JCI London hosted the first two official training courses of the year. Two participants tell us about their experiences of JCI Achieve and JCI Impact:
I first heard about JCI from a close friend of mine who suggested I join. After attending a few events as a newbie, I was advised to participate in the Achieve & Impact workshop which was held on a Saturday morning and how glad am I that I went.
Not only did I get to meet other new JCI members, but also have the chance to find out more about the organisation itself.
Never mind Saturday, the workshop organisers achieved a great success in attendance. We even had someone who flew from Malta especially for the workshop!
During the two part seminar, we were thoroughly guided through the ideology and principles that stem from JCI's history. JCI's mission to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change had been delivered year after year for more than a century. I could see the enthusiasm in our workshop trainers. JCI has given even more: aspiring to teach others of what they learned themselves.
The interactive model of a workshop meant we could all get a taste of what it's like to be a part of a team-effort based project.We had to discuss the most prominent local communitie's problem in groups and find a cause by simply asking "why". That way we were able to peel down the issue to its root cause and come up with a solution to eradicate it. Finally, each group presented their own proposals, which were: culture rejuvenation centre for people to integrate and thus eliminate loneliness and alienation; workshops on how to be happy and make people smile more and support small businesses in order to prevent new betting shops springing into the market.
The workshop truly delivered what it promised and even more. It not only explained how JCI works and what opportunities it holds, it also inspired us to act and become active citizens of the world, be it on a national, international or an individual level.
JCI London has been organising great events and trainings; we have also succeeded in raising thousands of pounds for buying malaria treated mosquito nets which will be delivered to families in Tamale, Ghana later in the year. It's been an awesome experience and it gets more exciting when you think that it's just the beginning of the year. Recently, on 25th January, 2014 we had the JCI Achieve and Impact training sessions at London Bridge. Every JCI event is always unique and special, so I was super excited to attend. It was also nice to see members of JCI Canary Wharf there too.
One of the questions Soraya and Sarah asked the participants at the JCI London 2014 Achieve and Impact session was "what is our greatest value"? That worth, merit, or importance that stands every one of us out from the crowd. My greatest value is my unsatisfiable urge to contribute to social growth and development, I derive fulfilment from knowing I am not only living but contributing to making the world a better place, naturally in JCI, a worldwide network of young individuals dedicated in service to humanity, I find like minds and through this active citizens framework we actualise this dream together.
The room was filled with really nice and friendly faces and in no time Soraya had written down a long list of incredible values which represented the contributions of everyone, wow, the energy was amazing. Attending JCI Achieve helps you learn the values of JCI, that faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life; that the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations; that economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise; that government should be of laws rather than of men; that earth's great treasure lies in human personality and that service to humanity is the best work of life.
The trainers, Soraya Bowen and Sarah Beckwith conducted the training amazingly. Each participant had a great time, role playing on identifying the various challenges in our communities and coming up with great ideas on how to mitigate them was one of the many highlights of the training, as usual networking was great, plus the lunch and opportunity to get together for drinks at the local pub later in the evening was amazing. I made a lot of new amazing friends which I look forward to seeing at other JCI functions and events. It was a brilliant way to spend the Saturday and I had an incredible time. A very special shout-out to the organisers, they did a great job.
The JCI Mission is to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change and our Vision is to be the leading global network of young active citizens. We believe young people have the power to change the world and we take action. If you are in London and will like to learn more about JCI or participate in any events, follow this link to our calendar, here you go; http://www.jcilondon.org.uk/events
What does personal development mean to you?
by Sarah Beckwith on January 6, 2014 20:19
According to that fount of knowledge Wikipedia, "Personal Development includes activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance quality of life and contribute to the realisation of dreams and aspirations".
Having been a member of JCI for over seven years, I can wholeheartedly agree with this: developing potential and realising aspirations is what JCI is all about. When I joined I was terrified of public speaking, little did I know that I'd end up making a speech in front of an audience of 100 at the House of Lords, taking part in international debating competitions and even training others on public speaking. Thanks to JCI, I've also organised a 3 day conference, lead a team of 18 as local president and developed a love of blogging!
And personal development can come in all shapes and sizes and fromunexpected places, not just training courses. This year I've once again been taking part in the JCI UK Pound a Day Challenge, living off a budget of £1 a day for my food and drink. Cooking is not really my thing and last year I relied heavily on my then housemate and past national president, Solveig Malvik, who is a great cook. This year I'm on my own and so decided to have a go and try making soup and a casserole from scratch. They tasted good, don't appear to have given me food poisoning, so have given me the confidence to attempt more new recipes in the future.
This is why I'm so passionate about personal development/training in JCI - the opportunities are endless. I've taken on the role of National Personal Development Director this year as a new challenge for myself. The roles I've done for the past two years have been very much in my comfort zone with lots of spreadsheets, admin and e-mails; all relatively individual and quiet. Training will push me to be more creative, delegate and put myself out there more (but no fear there will of course still be spreadsheets!).
If you want to share what personal development in JCI has done for you, what you want to get out of personal development this year or have any ideas for training in JCI UK, please get in touch: email@example.com
2014 - It All Starts Here...
by Drew Charman on January 2, 2014 16:21
Yes, that's right - the JCI UK year has officially started and I for one can't wait to hit the ground running! 2014 is shaping up to be a fantastic year with many opportunities presenting themselves for our members to network, develop, create positive change via community action and also to visit international destinations and mingle with fellow JCI members and business leaders from across the globe.
Personally, I know my year as Deputy National President is going to be a busy one - those National Presidents do like to keep their DPs on their toes & quite rightly so. They know what it takes to become an effective leader and are there to ensure we do our best to follow in their hallowed footsteps. I'm going to be flitting around the country and indeed the world this year - with trips already booked within the last week to Birmingham, Sheffield, Barnsley & Antibes in the south of France, plus trips to Malta, Japan & Germany to look forward to later this year. I'll be working with Kate Senter (National President), my fellow National Board members and also the incoming Deputy Local Presidents from the JCI UK chambers to ensure that the National organisation is as smooth running as possible, creating benefit to the JCI UK members, whilst also working on collaboration amongst the Deputy community and ensuring we're all ready as we head towards 2015.
Those that know me know I'm not a particularly great blogger - I tried my best whilst I was Local President for 2 years at JCI Southampton but, as ever, you can always do better! One of my New Year's Resolutions this year was to blog more regularly - not only so that I can capture some personal memories of my time as DNP, but also so that I can share with you what it's like in the role.
So, in that vein, you might ask what's happening in January at a National level?
Well, as you may have seen we're already running our first project of the year - the '£1 a Day Challenge' initiative, headed up by Katie Ogley, JCI UK Community Director. Officially kicking off on Monday 6th January, it's a great way to shed those excess Christmas indulgences whilst raising valuable money for charity. It's not easy (especially if you love your food like me), but it's certainly worthwhile.
Next weekend I'll be travelling to Birmingham to join my fellow National Board members for our first meeting of the year - we'll be getting our heads together to go over the JCI UK 'Play Your Part' strategy and our plans for the coming months.
On 18th January I'll be whizzing up to Sheffield to join the British Senate as they bid fond farewell to 2013 Senate Chair Liz Walmsley during her Drumming Out weekend, before ushering in Nigel Bradley as he steps up to be this year's Senate Chair.
On 25th January quite a few JCI UK members will be heading to Bonnie Scotland to help our friends across the border celebrate Burns Night in Edinburgh. I'm still looking into whether I can make this due to potential clashing commitments but I know it will be a great night of festivities for those attending!
As you can see it's already a busy month with the weekends filled & that's only at a National level - I've got events at a Local level too including the JCI Southampton AGM on 15th January where I'll be helping to facilitate the 2014 Council elections whilst also acting as a Scrutineer. I'm really looking forward to this as it will be my first event in 7 consecutive years where I won't be attending as a Director on the Council team (yes, I'm that old!). I think only a tiny handful of JCI members over the years have surpassed that particular record...
Finally, don't forget that the JCI UK TOYP (Ten Outstanding Young Persons) award nominations close on 31st January. This is each chamber's chance to nominate outstanding young people from their area who have excelled in their chosen fields or who have created positive change by significantly contributing to their local communities (or even on a national or global scale). More information on the awards can be found at the dedicated JCI UK TOYP website.
At this point I'll love you and leave you. I could let you know about JCI UK's Inspiration Day in Barnsley on 1st February - our first National event of the year - but you all know about that already, right?
If you don't, please check out the JCI UK website diary entry for the event where you can find details about the day & also instructions on how to book. Early Bird tickets are available until 17th January!
See you soon.....
2014 Deputy National President - JCI UK National Board
Get Ready for the JCI UK £1-a-day Challenge 2014
by Guest Blogger on December 30, 2013 23:13
by Katie Ogley, JCI UK Community Director 2014
So, this time next week the Pound a Day Challenge will be in full swing!
Whether you're taking part for the first time or need a refresher from last year, below are the rules for the Pound a Day Challenge!
- Your £7 weekly budget has to include both food and drink.
- You can use basic seasoning's of salt and pepper from your cupboard. However, you cannot use additonal spices such as chilli and garlic unless you buy them from your budget.
- You can use oil for cooking purposes, but only in small qualities. It cannot be used in large amounts for things such as salad dressings unless you purchase it specifically for such dishes.
- You cannot use sauces or condiments such as mayonnaise or ketchup unless you purchase them from youe £7 budget.
- You can buy items that come in large quantities, such as tea bags, split it and exclude the percentage of money for the amount taken out. However, you must declare this before the event and make sure you are not tempted to cheat and dip into the part that is from outside your budget!
Registering for the Challenge
Register by making your donation (cost of your normal weekly shop minus £7) to the Just Giving page http://www.justgiving.com/JCIUKPaD2014
Let us know what you're doing
We are big fans of active social networking so, whether funny or serious, get posting!
We want to see your shopping list, recipe ideas and meal photos. We also want to know how you're doing throughout the event; is it easy? Are you struggling? Utilise the facebook group or tweet using #jciukpoundaday to share ideas and keep each other motivated.
Don't suffer in silence!
Participants are taking on a mighty challenge by doing this event and personally making valuable contributions to charity. So spread the word about what you're doing. Share the Just Giving link and get friends, family and colleagues to give up something small and donate the money in support of what you're doing. If they don't want to give something up then they can just make a donation as sponsorship. Good luck, I can't wait to hear how you get on!
If you have any questions about the event please contact Katie Ogley, JCI UK Community Director 2014 on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07506400751.
Canary Wharf to Bulgaria
by Guest Blogger on December 19, 2013 23:38
by Temelko Dechev, JCI Canary Wharf
"To provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change". The slogan of JCI does match 100% the following short article which tells a bit more of the slogans' roots and essence. My name is Temelko Dechev and I became JCI member in 2011. It all started after I came back home from a business trips to Romania and France where I met for first time the enthusiasm and the energy of JCI members in those two countries. All that led to me starting a local "JCI Varna" chamber in Bulgaria. So far I have volunteered with JCI for over a 3 years. While I have held a number of director positions, at the local (JCI Varna) and national (JCI Bulgaria) levels, I am still an active member who contributes to and participates in grass-roots projects and events.
Following several other business trips to London in 2012 I had meetings with the President and the International Relations Director of JCI London. We exchanged know-how about project strategies and development, business and social initiatives, educational trainings and international projects. All that proved to be extremely vital to the overall development of JCI Bulgaria through the year of 2012. Now JCI Bulgaria has a total of 18 projects, strong international and national partners and constantly growing number of members!
In 2013 I attended the introduction session of JCI Canary Wharf. An inspirational event that triggered the JCI's enthusiasm across the Square Mile. The event was organized my Michela Pascucci and attended by senior members of JCI London. The first event of JCI Canary Wharf proved to be an absolute success! Not only because it triggered the potential of a number of professionals working and living at the financial hub of London but also because in a few months' time we got a clear plan for the strategic development we will have in 2014, rapidly growing number of members and numerous meetings planning business, social and community related project.
The regular JCI Canary Wharf sessions took place in the head office of Barclays. In November 2013 after successful planning, loads of enthusiasm and effective project management one of the most notable events organized so far - "Support Debate Camp Rwanda 2013" - proved to be a major success for us. A impactful project about the future of the Rwandan Economy! Great discussion was formed by the audience and the speakers invited at the JCI Canary Wharf, JCI Rwanda and Morgan Stanley co-hosted event.
As a JCI Canary Wharf associate member I have proposed the development of a project related to the International relations development. Our goal is to enter a dialogue with London embassies of countries with developed and developing economies and proceed with organizing a series of one-off sessions which will promote, develop and encourage trade, investment and business opportunities for UK citizens in countries located in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia. We want to stimulate business activities, know-how transfer, networking potential and cultural exchange. Build information architecture and available resources for the individuals or enterprises interested in the above mentioned. The idea was warmly welcomed by other JCI Canary Wharf members and a team which will be working on it was formed. Project' outlines are already set-up and implementation will start in 2014.
Meanwhile during the 2013 National Convention held in Sofia three months ago I was elected as a National President 2014 of JCI Bulgaria. Granted with great responsibilities and following my desire that we all need to successfully develop new projects, keep the impact of the current ones and follow the common goal to provide development opportunities that create positive change I got inspired to organize a JCI Twining Event between JCI Sofia and JCI Canary Wharf. This project will strengthen the international relations between those two chambers, will bring opportunities for exchanging business, entrepreneurial, social, cultural, trade, educational and project development know-how. I am glad to confirm that both chambers will start work on the project in 2014.
Despite my busy schedule I will have during the following year I look forward to keep supporting the JCI Canary Wharf's great, enthusiastic and motivated team on its way to further development! If you got inspired by the various projects, endless ideas, significant scale and great impact we make - do not hesitate but join JCI to shape the world you want to live in!
Project Rwanda by JCI Canary Wharf Member
by Guest Blogger on November 17, 2013 22:31
My name is Tony Koutsoumbos and I am proud to be one of the first members of JCI Canary Wharf. Three weeks from now I, and three of my fellow debate trainers, will fly out to Rwanda to spend 10 days with 200 school children in Gashora Girls' Academy, just outside the capital of Kigali. Each child will be travelling far and wide from across the country to be with us and they will be coming for one reason - to learn how debating will change their lives.
One of the reasons I joined the JCI this year was my first-hand experience of its life-changing power. Right now, my other half, Alexandra Spencer, is volunteering in Brazil and preparing to embark on a new career upon her return, none of which would have happened without the JCI. Now, I would like to explain what my team and I are doing to give the same opportunity to 200 children in Rwanda, and how you can help.
It starts with the Central London Debating Society (CLDS), a voluntary organisation I founded four years ago, which now has over 1000 members and provides a platform for anyone who wants to speak their mind on issues they care about in a supportive environment. Last year, I decided I wanted to do more, so I quit my job and founded CLDS Debate Training and have since run training courses for charities, businesses, and schools, and staged public debates in the House of Commons.
Three months ago, I met Sam Baker, project manager of Idebate Rwanda, a charity that uses debating to improve the lives of young Rwandans. Sam explained that he had been following CLDS online for years and was so inspired he set up a network of debate clubs in over 30 schools across Rwanda. He asked me if I could put together a team to fly to Rwanda in December to deliver a national debate training programme that he and his colleagues were planning.
I didn't need to be asked twice.
A developing nation still emerging from the shadow of the 1994 genocide, Rwanda has progressed at a startling rate, this year becoming the first country in the world where women outnumber men in Parliament. Now, it aspires to become a medium wealth economy by 2020 as well. Sam and Idebate Rwanda see debating as the key to achieving this goal by teaching the leaders of tomorrow how to solve the most pressing problems in their communities today through critical thinking and open discourse.
The legacy of the programme will be managed by the local charity IDebate Rwanda, who will assist the students attending the camp to set up and run competitive debating clubs in their schools and universities. Planning for the camp is well under way: the Rwandan Ministry of Education has already granted us use of Gashora Girls Academy, and accommodation and living expenses for students attending the camp will be funded by the Goethe-Institut/Liaison Office Kigali.
How you can get involved
The one obstacle standing in our way is that Idebate Rwanda has not yet raised enough money to cover their costs and avoid charging students attending the camp. This is why we need your help: if we can raise £2500 by December, then attendance will be free, broadening the range of students who can attend.
We would therefore be extremely grateful if you can spread the word about the camp, contribute to the project via our crowd-funding page, or attend our fundraising events throughout November. To raise awareness and funds for the camp we are partnering with the Rwandan Embassy in London, Morgan Stanley, Parliament Week, City of London School, and Regent's College to host four events in nine days from Tuesday 19th November to Thursday 28th November, details of which can be found here.
I would also be very grateful to sit down with any JCI members with experience of working in Africa and in particular, experience of marketing fundraisers, as this is very new territory to us and we need to make sure our events are a success. Finally, we are also interested in hearing from people with photography and video production skills who can advise us on how best to record our experience on a shoestring budget.
Help us keep Debate Camp Rwanda free so the youths of today can take their first bold step to being the leaders of tomorrow.
JCI members meet Her Majesty the Queen
by Guest Blogger on November 10, 2013 22:26
Blog written by Danielle Nanton
JCI Canary Wharf Member
On the 18th October 2013, JCI members Hiwot Wolde-Senbet and I were invited to attend a reception at Buckingham Palace on Youth, the Commonwealth and Education. This once in a life-time opportunity was made possible through the coordination and hard work of individuals volunteering with JCI and Hiwot and I are truly thankful for this amazing experience.
Once inside the gates and passed the inner courtyard of Buckingham Palace, we entered the doors and were greeted by the porters who showed us to the cloak room. All electronic and recording devises as well as bags and jackets were left in the cloak room and then we made our way into the reception area. Fascinating people from all around the Commonwealth were met, including many Commonwealth Scholarship Recipients and Commonwealth University Leaders. We did not forget our JCI-taught networking skills and connections were made with some very interesting people.
After a preliminary champagne reception as well as mingling and meeting other delegates, we all joined a cue and were ushered to meet the Queen. We presented our announcement cards and a formally dressed gentleman introduced us delegate-by-delegate; where we were given the opportunity to curtsy and shake the Queen's, and the Duke of Edinburgh's hand. For me, as an individual brought up in Canada, a part of the Commonwealth, who had taken part in Youth Parliaments and studied Political Science at University, the political significance of this moment was mind-blowing.
After our formal introduction to the Queen we were taken to a larger theater and classical music and children's choir entertained the delegates and royals for about an hour. We were then ushered back into the reception area where we dined on freshly made duck h'ordeurves, quail's eggs and celery salt, green pea pannacotta bites, quiches, and chocolates all made by the palace chefs. We were also able to speak directly with the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of Gloucestershire as well as one of the Lady's in Waiting. All were incredibly personable and interested in JCI.
This day was a day to remember, and without being involved in JCI neither of us would have had this amazing opportunity. We would really like to thank JCI for allowing us this chance and encourage that others get involved in JCI.
Sheffield members share their LEAP experiences
by Sarah Beckwith on September 29, 2013 23:26
Thank you to JCI Sheffield for this great blog!
For the second year running, JCI Sheffield hosted the JCI UK LEAP "Leadership Exellence in Action Programme". Over 25 delegates attended the course and we were please to have 3 JCI Sheffield members as delegates this year, Gareth, Helen and Hannah. This is what they said about it.
Gareth Carson - Gsters Beauty
What an amazing weekend. I have learnt so much about myself and how I interact with other people. So where did this journey start? it was a warm Friday afternoon and I arrived at the Holiday Inn feeling a little nervous. We started the day with an ice breaker and before you knew it I had made some super friends. The weekend continued with much work and some fun. After a morning of group exercisers and bonding as a group we were working until late that night on our group presentation which was so successful we won best presentation! I have learnt loads more about JCI and about continuing my active citizenship. I would recommended this to everyone wanting self development and to learn more about the JCI mission.
Helen Green - Razzamataz Theatre Group
The LEAP training weekend was really beneficial to me and my business. I not only learnt about a lot about myself and how I work within a team but also how other people work and the best way to communicate with certain personality traits. This has made me revaluate how I communicate with members of my team and if I can support them more effectively with their work to get the best from them.
It was also a great opportunity to meet other UK and worldwide JCI members and learn more about the organisation. All in all a fantastic experience and amazing value for money! A really great weekend.
Hannah Bailey - Wise Choice Nutrition
Leap was a fantastic experience for cementing my knowledge on JCI and learning a lot about myself. I also learnt a lot about working with people in a team and how to communicate effectively with them to ensure you reach the goal. I enjoyed being pushed out of my comfort zone and meeting lots of JCI members from around the world.
I learnt so many new skills in terms of communication and leadership. I feel I would be a better leader now having done the training and look forward to putting thr skills in to practise with the chamber
Mark Smith - SAFE@LAST
After being a delegate on the first LEAP training weekend last year, it was a great opportunity to join the training team this year and to be on other side as a facilitator. Adopting this role helped to consolidate my learning and develop my training experience. I got to lead on an active ice breaker exercise which was fun to see how the delegates approached it and how people worked in teams. I also got the chance to deliver a couple of workshops and to give feedback after the group work. I was proud to be involved with this award winning national project and look forward to taking an even more active role next year.
60 second interview: Meet Lina Derkeshli from JCI London
by Sofie Sandell on September 28, 2013 17:19
Can you tell me about your background and your profession?
I am a global citizen, I lived and worked in three continents, Asia, Europe and America. I started my career in Marketing and Advertising then moved to banking after few years. I worked for prominent organization such as JPMorgan and Citi, while I studied for my MBA at Argosy University. Later I took few contracts in EMEA working in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Norway, before I moved to the UK.
When you lived in Syria and were involved in JCI, what did you do there?
I am originally from Damascus Syria; in 2006 I returned to work in the Levant region and that is when I got introduced to JCI. I was fascinated by this young organization that has a lot to offer covering 4 development opportunities, business, individual, community and international. Each one of these area was useful and much needed in a beautiful developing country like Syria to empower it youth and educate it communities about NGO. I participated in many local projects with JCI Damascus. In 2008, I led and implemented a national programme to certify 50 new trainers by inviting international CNT and CLT trainers to facilitate JCI Presenter and JCI Trainer. I also severed that year on the national board as Financial Director. In 2009 I served as the National VP for Individual and Membership Development and established the National Academy for training and personal development.
How has JCI Syria been progressing over the last couple of years?
Due to the current in situation in Syria there are lots of limitations in terms planning and executing projects. However and regardless of all the obstacles, JCI Syria is still an active organization with national and local boards.
Which is your best JCI experience?
Every JCI experience is very special and my best experience is my first international participation travelling to Norway to attend the Viking weekend. I learned that JCI is not only amazing as a local leadership incubator but also an amazing international opportunity to meet people and learn about cultures. It was eight of us and they are all still my best friends.
If you could travel to any country in the world where would you go? (no budget restriction)
I would like to visit China. I am very curious about west Asia and would love to learn more about this country in person.
What do you like about living in London?
It is a great melting pot where you meet people from all over the globe. I love all the variety of cultural experience you can get whether restaurants, theater, and museums. I like that London is an international hub and many of my friends and family
What is a good weekend for you?
Coffee in a nearby local coffee shop with my family and friends. I like also attending a musical or theater.
Who is the person who influenced you the most, and how? How would you describe her?
My younger sister Alia. Alia is an inspiring leader, intelligent and great speaker. I admire her resiliency and determination that got her very far. She is very kind with exceptional EQ and communication skills.
What can JCI do for you? Do you need help with anything such as connections, developing ideas?
JCI is a great way to give back, learn and grow in a safe environment, and friends for life from across the globe. I would like to take more advantage of JCI networking events.