Member of the Month - Marine Klein (JCI London)
by Sarah Beckwith on October 17, 2016 12:29
Member of the month for September goes to Marine Klein of JCI London, who is the project lead for the London Peace Week project.
Marine has led an enthusiastic team over the course of the year, who have built on the success of this long-term project of the chamber, embracing the international JCI campaign of Peace Is Possible. In March she presented the project to JCI World President Paschal Dike and engaged him to support the project by recording a video asking other members around the world to support the project. Activities throughout the year included a Peace Pub Quiz, social media activities encouraging members around the world to commit to the Peace Is Possible Campaign and a free hugs event on World Peace Day in Trafalgar Square. The Peace Conference held on 20 September featured ten speakers including academics who research peace, a former diplomat and a Nobel Peace Prize nominee. The conference was attended by over 90 people.
Rafael Tselikas, JCI London President and initiator of the London Peace Project in 2013 had this to say:
"Marine, Oli and the peace week team have done an outstanding job this year. They managed to organise an excellent peace conference which was sold out. This was JCI London Peace Conference 4th edition and the best of all 4. We are very proud of them and the work they have done in raising awareness about peace and the SDG 16".
Each member of the month gets £50 off the price of the JCI UK National Convention in November.
JCI Bradford Members speaking on Young Entrepreneurship at the YEN Expo on the 25th October 2016
by James Lambert on October 11, 2016 12:24
Blog by Phil Cockayne, JCI Regional Group Chairman for Yorkshire 2016
Hosted at Bradford College on the 25th October, this event will see everyone from professionals, business owners and students coming together to celebrate what’s great about business in Yorkshire.
The conference will include a number of clinics including a panel discussion of 5 young entrepreneurs (2 of which are JCI Bradford members) talking about their experiences, what some of the barriers are in being a young entrepreneur and what lessons they’d give to others who are considering the same journey.
The session came about due to the glamorisation of entrepreneurial culture, the rise in trends such as the ‘Gig Economy’ or ‘Portfolio Careers’ in which people (particularly millennials) are pursuing other avenues of income rather than just a full-time role. This promotes a learning by doing approach to business, taking the reigns of your own development and eventually moving from finding a nice side-income and, for the ambitious few, moving towards ensuring your own financial sustainability.
JCI globally is passionate about free enterprise and all national organisations promote entrepreneurship to its members. This is in everything from next years Enterprise Academy launch, JCI Sheffield’s Business Academy and JCI Bradford Young Enterprise Society Peer Support Group.
Members had this to say about JCI for young entrepreneurs:
"JCI Bradford has been a great organisation to be a member of for the last few years. I have attended some valuable training sessions which have helped both my personal development and growth of my business", Caroline Towers, member since mid-2014
"The range of training provided to me by JCI Bradford has been of huge benefit to my business, helping me to face challenges in all areas of the business", Carl Marsden, member since late-2015
Please join JCI UK in supporting our members in speaking at this years #YENExpo in Bradford and please do go along if you can make it.
Could you loan £15?
by James Lambert on October 4, 2016 12:47
Would you like to take part in an initiative that involves Community, Business and International for the price of a £15 loan - all from the comfort and safety of your computer?
Well with Lendwithcare you can do just that!
Lendwithcare brings together entrepreneurs in developing countries with people with the power to help them - people like you and other JCI members! Run by one of the world's leading aid and development organisations, Lendwithcare is a revolutionary way for you to help people in the developing world to transform their lives. There is a lot more information about lendwithcare on their website www.lendwithcare.org
I have been loaning money for a couple of years now and in that time my loans have been repaid and then recycled a number of times (although you can withdraw the money once it has been repaid if you would prefer not to reinvest it). To date I have added credit of £130 which has resulted in total loans of £550 and has:
Funded 36 Loans;
Helped 282 Entrepreneurs
Helped 1392 Family Members
and created 25 jobs!!
How to get involved?
Please join me in helping to make a difference to entrepreneurs and their families in developing countries by setting up an account and join the JCI UK lending team (easy to find by searching for JCI)! You can then allocate your loans to JCI and together we can keep track of how many people we have helped by clicking on the team page
JCI Global Partnership Summit 2016
by Sarah Beckwith on October 1, 2016 12:18
I had the privilege of attending this year's Global Partnership Summit in New York from 25th- 28th July, held at the Landmark Waldorf Astoria Hotel, with other sessions conducted at the United Nations Headquarters. The focus was for us to discuss strategies of how we as young active citizens can advance the 17 United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) in Partnership with Government, Business Leaders & Civil society to create sustainable impact. Each of these sectors has their unique set of resources, knowledge, expertise, experience and power, therefore enhanced accomplishments of these goals can be achieved when these sectors unite. JCI is the organisation that consolidates these sectors, and with targeted solutions to the unique problems in our communities, we can to build a better world with greater global impact.
We enjoyed a prestigious opening night gala hosted by the JCI Japan Secretariat & had the pleasure of listening to keynotes from the likes of Aminata Tourè- Former Prime Minister of Senegal, who emphasized the importance of peace building as a foundational element in achieving the goals through breeding a culture of tolerance between nations.
Other speakers included: Pascal Dike- 2016 JCI World President, Laurence Bolotin- 2016 JCI USA National President, Arrey Obensen -2016 JCI Secretary General and Tekeshi Nakamura- 2016 JCI Summit Chairperson. We were motivated to see the problems of this world not as challenges but opportunities to create impact, and move beyond creating awareness by taking action. Following this, we savoured on cocktails & canapés to round off an overall intriguing night.
Summit Day 1 - JCI Leaders and Ambassadors
The following day saw us indulged in a plethora of keynotes & panel discussions from top influencers, exploring avenues of uniting all sectors of society to create sustainable impact & reinforcing ways that businesses could adopt & incorporate the SDG's as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility.
Our own Katherine Sparkes, founder of Flamingo Creatives, (a UK corporate responsibility consultancy that helps businesses function ethically) spoke about how businesses can enhance social inclusion, and afterwards she was honoured with JCI Ambassadorship for her tremendous work in spreading JCI's mission.
Panelists included Senior Advisor on Strategic Partnerships and Deputy Executive Director for UN Women Ravi Karkara, who made recommendations of how to collaborate in executing these goals with strategies that are inclusive, participatory and accountable.
On Wednesday we had the honour of going to the United Nations Headquarters where we had the pleasure of hearing from my good friend and fellow Jaycee John Loughton- Founder and CEO of Dare2Lead, (a global Leadership Training Company), who captivated us with his fine art of storytelling & speech articulation, challenging us to reflect on practical ways to promote peace & providing models for us to emulate. Later, the delegates were encouraged to share their ideas towards the 2016 JCI Global Partnership Resolution focusing on action plans to advance the goals.
At the UN Headquarters
In the afternoon it was time for "The Peace is possible scavenger hunt", which was a fun & exciting way to bring awareness of our worldwide peace campaign to the streets of New York, whilst touring and exploring the city's great landmarks. The Evening was reserved for an exhilarating Hudson River Sunset Cruise, where we enjoyed breath-taking skyline views of the city's landmarks from a different vantage point. There was an open bar with live entertainment & a dance off from the senators & delegates whilst we perfected the fine art of taking selfies.
Raising awareness of the #peaceispossible campaign on the streets of New York
Thursday saw us back at the UNHQ, where JCI Japan presented their Youth Ambassador program and showcased their ideas of advancing the global goals. We also witnessed Social Enterprise contestants presenting their business cases for a funding grant for their projects & sponsorship to the World Congress later this year. The Global Youth Empowerment Fund was also launched, where grants will be issued for youth-led projects in local communities around the world.
We ended a fantastic program line up with the ultimate climax - a keynote address from the UN Secretary General - Ban Ki-Moon, who stated that "we are in an era of opportunity to tackle global challenges. New heights of collaboration and action are required in order to advance the sustainable development goals, and youth are the drivers of change and innovation". He strengthened our resolve as JCI to advance the SDG's & also received our pledge & commitment to keep Agenda 2030 at the forefront of our strategic plan of action.
Ban Ki-Moon on stage
Following the official end of the summit, there was a wind-down of the week with continued with City tours, shopping and meeting local friends before safely returning back to our respective countries.
With this week-long exposure, we were equipped to return to our respective chambers, ready to take local action for national and global impact. I was inspired to take responsibility by taking up the role of JCI UK Community Director 2017 in order to implement the strategies discussed and also strengthen relations with existing and potential collaborative partners to implement these goals.
We will therefore ensure the adaptation of these goals into our community projects, partnering with relevant stakeholders and reinforcing our Corporate Social Responsibility as an organisation. Utilizing the JCI Active Citizen Framework and JCI Project Management system, we will identify and address our communities' greatest needs in relation to the global goals. One of our universal pledges at the partnership summit was to install a National SDG's committee that will be responsible for advancing these goals in various chambers. I will be setting up this committee, ensuring accountability and tracking the progress of all global goals.
It was an overall very productive summit, and I look forward to working with our various chambers within my capacity as 2017 JCI UK Community Director.
By Epi Makiba, JCI UK Community Director 2017
The subtle things I’ve learned as a JCI member
by Sarah Beckwith on September 28, 2016 00:22
In my time as a JCI member, I've learnt a lot. Some of those things are more tangible than others. Public speaking, debating, chairing meetings, facilitating workshops and writing blogs are amongst those skills which I can readily identify and have put into practice in my career in various ways. But there are also many things which are not so obvious.
Self-belief - Confidence in myself is one of those things that I didn't notice happening at first and it did take a while to build up. I never would have thought that I would ever become local president of JCI London, but through encouragement of great friends in my local chamber, I eventually had the confidence to step up to the role (it did take three attempts at people asking me!). A few years on and a huge turning point for me was when I decided to stand for Deputy National President. Yes I'd had encouragement from other members, but it is not a role that I could have taken on unless I believed I was the right person to do it. Through JCI I have changed my mindset from automatically thinking "I can't" to "why not"?
Saying no - I love JCI and have got so much out of it, so always want to be involved and help out other members when I can. I am also pretty organised and reliable, so other people know that if I agree to do something, then I will make it happen. It is easy when you enjoy being involved in something for it to become all consuming. Saying no is hard, but I've learnt to do so. It is also a good skill for your career. Being able to say no in a polite and reasoned way means that you won't be taken advantage of and can focus on those things which are most important for your own role.
The power of asking - I really got involved in JCI because someone asked me to. Firstly to join a project team and then to take on a position in a local council. Looking back on my own experience, I see how hugely powerful it is to ask someone to get involved and help with something - because it boosts their confidence, because it shows vulnerability, and because it builds teams.
Letting go - I am a self-confessed perfectionist. JCI has taught me that most of the time good is good enough. And that in order to achieve a lot, you cannot be perfect in everything. This also relates to delegation. When you involve others in tasks, then it is never going to be done in exactly the way you would do it, but this is an opportunity for both those taking on the task to learn and for you to learn how to do things in a different way.
Taking a different view - JCI gives you the opportunity to work with people of many different backgrounds, professions, cultures and personalities. Through experiences on various teams, I have seen how different people experience the world differently. This has enabled me to appreciate that there is rarely one view point on a subject or one way tackling a problem. Colleagues have asked me how I manage to see solutions that aren't obvious to them and I think that it is because by surrounding yourself with people who think and approach challenges differently, you learn how to do so yourself.
It is simply not possible to "learn" these kind of skills from just participating in a training course. That's why it's the hands-on experience of being part of a project team, running an event or taking a leadership role on a board that you get in JCI that is so incredibly valuable.
JCI gives you the opportunity to develop new and out of the ordinary skills by experiencing:
different cultures...diferent perspectives...
...and different teams
Member of the Month - Sophie Delaporte (JCI Southampton)
by Sarah Beckwith on September 27, 2016 13:34
JCI UK's latest member of the month is Sophie Delaporte from JCI Southampton.
Sohie is the international director for JCI Southampton this year and some of her achievements include:
- The signing of a twinning agreement between JCI Southampton and JCI Kortrijk (Belgium) during the European Conference
- Coordination of a twinning weekend in Belgium
- Arranging meet ups with JCE Rouen (France) in Southampton during the summer
- Initiating a project with the goal of creating a multi-twinning agreement
On top of the activities within her immediate role, she also creates posters for all chamber activities, has been part of the training team for JCI UK academy LEAP and helped the chamber prepare its national convention 2017 bid. She really is a member throwing herself into every aspect of JCI.
Celestine Onomo, local president of JCI Southampton commented: "Within the organisation, Sophie has grown in confidence and skills by attending most JCI Southampton trainings and 3 out of 4 JCI UK Academies. She has recently been involved with LEAP 2016 as a trainer and received very good feeedback about her training skills. As a team member, I can always rely on her, as a Local President I can sit back and relax, not only knowing she's got everything under control but she also delivers things to a great standard. Looking back at everything she has accomplished, I'm extremely proud to see how she's grown as an individual in and outside our organisation".
As a thanks for her outstanding contribution to JCI, Sophie gets £50 off the JCI UK National Convention, taking place in Manchester on 25-27 November.
I Took a Leap and I Liked It!
by James Lambert on August 31, 2016 09:07
I took a Leap and I liked it…
A year ago, I graduated from Leap and immediately emailed the 2016 COC Director to let him know that I wanted to get involved in the next year’s programme. This was an important goal for me in 2016 and I am so pleased to look back and realise that I did it.
Moving from delegate to trainer, I have managed to learn more about myself and others. I was able to reinforce some of the outcomes from the year before and realise some new ones. Last year, I was a Local Director in Southampton and this year I’m the Southampton Local President and over the past year the skills I gained during LEAP 2015 have come in handy during a very busy and challenging year.
Photo credit: Neal Stirk
From receiving advice to giving advice: I realised that I have a lot to offer to others and vice versa. One of the best moments was when I saw our ex Intern Ruthie, who took part in the academy, and realised how much she had gained and learnt by our side.
Taking me out of my comfort zone (again), I delivered two training sessions with advanced trainers (thanks for your patience guys!), led the icebreakers as well as a team exercise. This really was an experience like no other. Why? Because it feels incredibly good to share your knowledge and experience with others and see how different delegates learn from each other.
It is such a positive and empowering experience to be listened to for what you know and to be congratulated for what you’ve achieved, even when you didn’t realise how well you have done!
And finally, to see how our great delegates have changed across the weekend.
Don't be scared to challenge yourself, it feels just good. I have enjoyed every minute of it and I can see my desire for training is also growing. This is definitely an outcome I didn’t see coming as it was not one of my main reasons for joining JCI. But it is definitely one that will make me stay(until I’m too old for the J in JCI ).
Want to know more about LEAP? I guess I will see you next year because what happens on LEAP stays on leap.
Célestine Onomo, a great trainer to be.
3 months to go...JCI UK National Convention 2016
by Sarah Beckwith on August 26, 2016 12:43
Have you got your ticket yet for the highlight of the JCI UK calendar? In three months time, the JCI UK National Convention will be kicking off at Innside, Manchester.
Host chamber, JCI Manchester are doing a supurb job of organising the convention, with exciting keynote speakers David Weir and Quinton Fortune confirmed to speak. There will also be the JCI UK public speaking, debating and extempore competitions, plenty of interactive training, the opportunity to network with members from across the UK and world, plus the gala dinner and awards ceremony. More information about the programme can be found here.
Paralympian David Weir and ex-Manchester United footballer Quinton Fortune will be special guest speakers at the convention
Accommodation is available at the convention venue, Innside, which can be booked via this form or in the Pendulum Hotel, which is around half a mile from Innside and can be booked via 0161 955 8000 quoting GA00559. Alternatively try a hotel search site for deals on one of the many hotels in Manchester city centre.
Remember that cheap train tickets will be released around this time, so get booking for a bargain.
Why should students get involved in Junior Chamber International (JCI)?
by James Lambert on August 24, 2016 12:41
Post by Philip Cockayne, Regional Group Chair of JCI Yorkshire 2016
I remember working on my CV when I was just coming into my third year at university. I'd gone from having no idea what I wanted to do to being interested in finance, technology, marketing, sales all the way down to just any graduate job.
I remember my first CV. It's funny, I've recently seem the LinkedIn phenomenon of #MyFirst7Jobs. I'm not on number 7 yet but my list looked something like this:
- Shop assistant
Pretty bleak! However, like all third year students I was advised to 'sell myself' and link in my experiences, skills, any training, my out of work activities and my volunteering. They asked me to write a snappy one liner at the top of my CV articulating who what skills I had and where I'd got them from. If I remember correctly, the list looked something like:
- Punctual - because I had a paper-round and was always on time (most of the time)
- Team working - because I worked on a presentation in class jointly with other students
- Retail management - because I worked in a shop
- Leadership - because I was captain of the Basketball team
- And so on...
Although I had some impressive stuff that would make my CV 'stand out' (being awarded an all expenses paid trip to Poland in order to study the concentration camps and three weeks as a volunteer agriculturalist in the Pyrennes) I didn't exactly have any real marketable experience.
I remember being told that everyone's in the same boat and that it's all about marginal gains; little things that make your CV stand out.
Four years since graduating, now is the time for reflection. I've definitely come a long way (being the Chairman of a volunteer organisations and the board member of a social enterprise) and I've noticed many students connecting with me and also seeing them at some of the events which we put on with JCI Bradford. I wanted to share an impartial view to you all.
If I can give you all one piece of advice it would be this; get out there and make something of yourself! Being captain of a sports team doesn't make you Churchill, running a promotional campaign for an event doesn't make you Don Draper and having a amateur finance blog doesn't make you Warren Buffet. Sure, it helps, but employers are looking for something a bit more ... impressive ... than that.
JCI (Junior Chamber International) has allowed me to explore myself as a leader by, wait for it, running an organisation in my spare time. Chambers are run by members so they're full of opportunities to demonstrate your capabilities (I often refer to it as a 'proving ground' when I'm explaining it). In my time with JCI I've done the following:
- Successfully turned around a struggling organisation
- Grown an organisation by 400%
- Recruited, lead and developed a team
- Acquired another organisation (believe it or not!)
On top of this I've had experience in both managing and growing a small organisation that needs a strategy, a board, strong finances, needs to market itself, run events, run projects in the community, sell the organisation to others etc. All skills any small businesses would want in a graduate - and something to fit every career ambition.
Along with that comes a network, the prestige (it's still a well recognised brand in the UK - especially when it was the British Junior Chambers of BJC) and finally, confidence! Confidence in yourself, your ideas and your assertions.
If you can join a chamber and prove that your worth your dream job with some solid, qualitative experience - you'll 'wow' any interviewer and even find yourself in the top 1% (whenever I'm doing interviews - I always look for activities outside of work as being a key indicator of strong employee performance. Why? Anyone who's willing to give there free time voluntary to grow themselves is a keeper!)
So, here's the call to action. There are over 150,000 members of JCI around the world in 5,000 chambers in over 100 countries. There are 20 chambers in England at varying stages of growth. I was lucky that I found one that was struggling and made it my mission to turn it around. And I did! And I'm better for the experience.
It doesn't have to be JCI. It can be any type of organisation that provides you with an opportunity to show the world how great you really are. But if this does sound interesting to you, join up: www.jciuk.org.uk/join-us
10 years as a JCI member
by Sarah Beckwith on August 21, 2016 08:46
This month is my ten year anniversary as a JCI member. I joined in August 2006 after hearing about the organisation from a uni friend. I wanted to do some volunteering in London and meet some new people so came along to an open evening and the rest is history as they say.
So why do I stay a member year after year? It's because of the wide variety of opportunities I've experienced as a member. Every year I've found exciting new challenges to push the boundaries of my comfort zone. As long as I continually come away from events totally buzzing from the things I've learnt, people I've met and ways I've helped the organisation and its members, I'll continue to be an active member.
Firm friendships made at COC Academy in Austria in 2010
Here are the highlights of my ten years as a member so far:
2006/07 - Joined, got involved in the Gift of Christmas appeal, was asked to join the council as community director. First discovered just how far JCI can push you when I attended a series of public speaking workshops.
2007/08 - Attended my first national event (Awards weekend in Doncaster) and international event (European Conference in Turku, Finland) and started making friendships not just in my local organisation but around the country and the world.
JCI London Debating Team at European Conference 2009 in Budapest
2008/09 - Started debating and took part in my first national competition (where we were thoroughly torn to pieces by very experienced reigning champions). Entered the competition at European level where the JCI London team and the Yorkshire team made it to the finals and there was a tripartite debate with JCI Ireland.
2009/10 - I stepped up to become JCI London deputy president, something I never thought I'd do, but thanks to the encouragement of fellow members eventually did. Attended my first international Academy, the COC Academy in Austria where I learned nothing is impossible when you put a group of JCI members together and sleep very little.
Union Jackage alert at first World Congress in Osaka, Japan in 2010
2010/11 - Was COC director for the first modern-format three day JCI UK National Convention. Attended my first World Congress in Osaka, Japan. Became president of JCI London, which involved leading a team of 18 people, making a speech in front of nearly 100 people and representing the chamber nationally and internationally.
Inauguration as JCI London President in the House of Lords in 2011
2011/12 - Won most outstanding Local President in JCI UK, which I'm hugely proud of and was a testament to how far outside of my comfort zone I stepped that year. Became National Admin and Membership Director on National Board and was awarded with a senatorship (lifelong membership of the JCI for outstanding contribution to the organisation).
2012/13 - Continued to support the national organisation as Membership officer. Became part of the JCI UK international debating team for 2013, debating at European Conference in Monaco and World Congress in Rio.
2013/14 - Became Personal Development Director on National Board, a role very far outside of my comfort zone. Established the JCI UK Public Speaking Academy with past National President Solveig Malvik. Was an outdoor trainer at the European Academy in Sweden, part of an international team delivering team building to future local presidents from across Europe.
Fun with the international outdoor training team at European Academy 2014
2014/15 - Led the JCI UK leadership academy LEAP. Stood and was elected as Deputy National President. Became a JCI "Global Networker" by graduating from JCI Academy in Japan with delegates from over 60 different countries from around the world.
Graduating from JCI Academy in Japan with fellow Deputy National Presidents in 2015
2015/16 - The year I became National President. An amazing opportunity, privilege and experience, which is adding to the many special memories I have accumulated over the years as a member.
JCI takes you places - on top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, Rio, Brazil with fellow members in 2013