JCI has five areas of opportunities: business, training, community, international and social. They all go
together and the mix makes JCI a great organisation for you to develop your skills in.
JCI has five areas of opportunities: business, training, community, international and social. They all go
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JCI members share a passion to challenge and develop themselves. They understand that developing their skills helps improve the world around them. Our mission is to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change and that’s why JCI oers a wealth of training opportunities to its members. Each local chamber organises a varied programme of business seminars and training workshops. You can attend seminars and watch key note speakers at national and international conferences. Wherever in the world you are, you can count on training in JCI being practical, supportive, inexpensive, interactive and fun.
Public speaking is feared by many and loved by those who have conquered their fear. In JCI there are always opportunities for members to develop their public speaking skills, banish those fears and make a huge impact with the power their speeches have to inspire, to motivate, to unite. There are three core speaking opportunities in JCI, each offering a different spin on speaking skills:
The ability to write and deliver effective prepared speeches is a key competency for anyone wishing to excel in a leadership role within and outside of JCI. Debating How do you persuade others of your point of view and react to the arguments of others? Debating is a mixture of preparation, teamwork, quick and clever retorts and good humour Extempore Light-hearted and always entertaining, extempore is impromptu or off-the-cuff speaking. With no preparation, participants are asked to speak on a subject for one to two minutes.
Every year competitions are held in each of these disciplines locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Competing is a fantastic way for members to push the limits of their comfort zone, hone their skills and have fun. Offcial Courses
These are courses designed by JCI and they look the same all over the world. They help members to understand more about the organisation and the opportunities available. There are three core opportunities in JCI, each offering a insight into our core values:
This course helps all members to understand the purpose of JCI, exploring the Vision, Mission and Values and activitiesavailable to JCI members.
Being an active citizen is core to being a JCI member and this course teaches members how to analyse community needs to ensure they create sustainable solutions and lasting positive change
Introduces all prospective leaders to the structure of a local board and the ‘nuts-and-bolts’ of running of a successful chamber.
There are also skills development courses, such as Effective Communication, Leadership and
Meetings, plus recommended courses including Presenter, CSR and Networking. Look out for these courses hosted by local chambers and at international conferences.
Become a Trainer
By taking part in the JCI Training Acadamy, JCI members can become trainers themselves and share their experiences, knowledge and skills with other members. JCI UK has recently introduced a National Training Team to ensure members develop their skills as trainers in a supportive environment. For further information please click here.
Business is a key JCI theme
Each chamber runs a broad range of business activities and events several times a year. As a member, you get the chance to do things that you wouldn’t normally be able to (or which would cost a small fortune!).
Examples include: seminars with high-profile corporate bosses from blue-chip companies, networking, going behind-the-scenes at local companies, running successful enterprise projects and talks by entrepreneurs.
JCI UK’s business events and activities complement our other themes, such as community and personal development and training.
Get new insights and network with other young professionals
Any member can take part in JCI’s business programme. So whether you own a business yourself, want to start up a new company or are a staff member, you will have the chance to:
- get insights into different firms and ventures
- pick up business advice
- see how other businesses work
- pick up new skills
- consolidate your training
- get fresh ideas
- enjoy yourself
Business events include:
- Annual business lectures, which are often a major feature in a community’s business calendar
- Networking events, from informal events and speed networking to structured sessions led by a prominent local business person
- Business visits – members have recently visited Coca-Cola’s huge plant at Wakefield, Drax Power Station near Selby, Doncaster/Sheffield Airport, Bank of England and Canary Wharf Group
- Many chambers also have close links with their local Chambers of Commerce, and members sometimes work in tandem with prominent members of their business communities.
Patrons and Partners
JCI UK’s chambers also feature in the local business scene through patrons and partners.
These are companies and organisations that provide sponsorship and encourage their staff to become involved – sometimes even paying for their employees’ JCI membership.
These relationships offer companies the chance to help their staff develop outside of the office. Patrons can become involved with JCI as a way of contributing to their own corporate social responsibility policies, as well as benefiting from marketing and PR opportunities.
JCI Strategic Alliances
JCI UK also has strategic alliances with groups such as The Prince’s Trust.
As a member, this means that you have the chance to run enterprise projects with the aim of raising funds for good causes. These schemes help you put into practice the skills that you develop through business events (business-plan writing and marketing, for example). They are invariably highly rewarding.
In the past, members have even run a challenging city-wide fundraising event involving staff from several major firms. The JCI members responsible felt a huge sense of achievement.
JCI members come from all walks of life, and from all
around the world. But they are united in one common
aim: to create positive change and have an impact
on their local community.
From its beginning, JCI has strived to create better understanding between people from different backgrounds. As a JCI member, you will often have the opportunity to travel to many conferences and training events, all over the world, including the annual European Conference and World Congress.
As you forge international links and make friends with people from other countries and cultures, you will help create a better understanding about the challenges that face us all today. You’ll learn about topics such as sustainability and local community development around the globe. You can also get involved in community projects with other JCI countries.
With help of social media sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook you’ll be able to keep in touch with the JCI members you meet from all over the world.
JCI offers unique opportunities, for example the JCI Global Partnership Summit with the UN in New York and the Know-How-Transfer in Brussels. Sounds good?
Community work isn’t just about
fundraising. It’s about giving back!
Community work is an important element of JCI.
By combining community work with other themes,
such as business and training, our members learn
new valuable skills.
Examples of local community projects:
Secret Santa Appeal
Many local chambers run this as an annual project. The appeal gathers Christmas gifts for under-privileged local children.
The Enterprise Project
This combines business skills with fundraising. Local chambers compete against each other over a five-month period to make a profit for the JCI UK charity, The Prince’s Trust.
Easter Egg Appeal – Many local chambers run this as an annual project. The appeal gathers Easter Eggs for children in hospital at Easter, or local food banks where families are unable to afford a chocolate treat for their children.
The community spirit in JCI doesn’t stop at a local level; many national and international projects take place each year. JCI is an offcial partner of the United Nations and supports the Sustainable Development Goals.
One chamber created a local civic garden by raising funds and planting trees in a disused area.
JCI London have an ongoing project to support children in Ghana. The project includes elements such as fundraising to purchase bed nets (to minimise the spread of Malaria) and supplying books to a school library to support ongoing literacy gaps
JCI’s Nothing But Nets campaign
As a worldwide organisation, JCI supports the UN’s Nothing But Nets Campaign, fighting malaria in Africa. We have seen a number of fundraising initiatives across chambers in the UK, helping support the global effort.
JCI UK Active Citizen Experience (ACE)
One of the core values of JCI is to make a local impact be ACTIVE CITIZENS and what better way to do this than to volunteer in your local community?
Here in JCI UK we want to reward those members who go that little bit further and get actively involved in their local community. As a result we will be recognising members for their level of community involvement through the community hour’s project.
What do I have to do?
It is very simple – all you have to do is volunteer in your local community and record your hours.
Keep a record of the number of hours you volunteer and log them on our JCI UK Community form, contact Katie,
email@example.com. Keep your local community director or Chamber up to date with your progress.
Send your volunteering stories and photos to the JCI UK National Community Director Katie Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wait to be recognised!
All we need now is for members to get started and get volunteering!
Meet new people and make new friends
Nothing brings people together like a common goal.
Deep and lasting friendships are forged when you
collaborate closely with others on a project.
When you join JCI, you enjoy countless opportunities to learn and work with other like-minded and proactive people. So your social life will become richer – that’ s pretty much inevitable!
And when you’re surrounded by people that want you to succeed, you will succeed.
JCI social events
Though we say it ourselves, JCI’s social events can’t be beaten. At international conferences, you’ll party with thousands of people from around the world. Back at home, your local chamber’s annual dinners are an opportunity to recognise outstanding projects and individuals, creating an unforgettably uplifting atmosphere.
At the end of the year, JCI UK recognises the various achievements of the local chambers.This awards ceremony takes place at our National Convention – a great chance to celebrate your chamber’s achievements.
Expanding your network is all about building relationships. JCI offers you the chance to do this by getting to know people locally, nationally and internationally in a relaxed environment. At every event you attend, you will make new contacts, pick up fresh ideas and come away inspired.