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31st Aug, 2012

We have some awesome news for JCI London. From the eight local 'Ten Outstanding Young Persons' honorees two made it all the way up to the global top 10. Big congratulations to Katherine Sparkes and Bobby Kensah. 

Bobby Kensah of the United Kingdom selected as one of the 2012 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World

For his extraordinary work with youth volunteerism and community action, Bobby Kensah of London, England was named a 2012 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) recipient in the category of political, legal, and/or governmental affairs.

Coming from humble beginnings, Bobby Kensah turned his hardships and experiences into motivation for future success. He moved to the UK at age 12, and did not even know how to speak English. However, by secondary and high school, he was excelling in all of his classes. He then went on to obtain his law degree, receiving a scholarship to complete his master's degree and began serving as a corporate lawyer for Norton Rose, an international law firm. Succeeding professionally, he has been recognized as Law Society's Lawyer of the Year, BSN Promising Young Lawyer and the Square Mile Young City Lawyer of the Year.

Throughout his professional life, he was determined to take an active role in creating grassroots community change, using his own experiences as inspiration. He took a sabbatical from his law firm and dedicated his time to serving others, addressing youth issues like knife crime, bullying and gang involvement through targeted projects, and takes time to speak about the power of volunteerism at schools across the UK.

Still practicing corporate law, Kensah is also the founder and CEO of the Phase One Network, which provides mentoring services and networking opportunites to young people interested in obtaining a job, but who come from a disadvantaged background. Phase One connects likeminded future leaders from business, law, government and education sectors across the UK. As Campaigns and Policy Officer for the United Nations Youth Council, Kensah has strengthened and inspired student populations at universities, making community action the norm, not the exception. Kensah puts his community above himself and his career, showing young people success can be found by creating a positive impact at the local level.

Katherine Sparkes of the United Kingdom selected as one of the 2012 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World

For her extraordinary work in corporate social responsibility and community action, Katherine Sparkes of Bristol, England was named a 2012 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) recipient in the category of moral and/or environmental leadership.

Destined to become a creative entrepreneur, Katherine Sparkes started her career in journalism and gained early work experience at a variety of public relations and event management firms. She then decided to take her enthusiasm and ideas on a new adventure. She realized the need for an agency that could help highlight service opportunities that companies could use to publicize their value as a corporate citizen. At age 22, she turned her vision into a reality by starting Flamingo, a firm that provides needy charities with corporate clients capable of creating innovative, hands-on, sustainable community projects on a local, national and global basis.

Pairing her business experience and passion to address social issues, Sparkes helps boost the alliance between business and society through powerful projects. Her aim is to help people help themselves and each project is designed to be sustainable and beneficial for each community, while also bringing positive change to the business involved.

When she began her crusade in 2003, many people were not even aware of or understood the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Through her hard work, Flamingo now provides companies access to CSR initiatives and a unique way to give back to the community. Flamingo enables businesses which otherwise would not have the ability, staffing or resources to get involved and be active corporate citizens. Sparkes' story provides a great example of how one young person can take his or her ideas and turn them into concrete positive change. She inspires and empowers others to use their business success to take action to create a better world.

JCI TOYP

JCI (Junior Chamber International) honors ten outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission and provide extraordinary service to their communities. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, these young active citizens create positive impacts on a local and global level.

These ten young active citizens will be honored at the 2012 JCI TOYP Ceremony and reception Tuesday, November 20 at the JCI World Congress in Taipei, Taiwan.

About JCI: JCI is a worldwide membership-based nonprofit organization of young active citizens ages 18 to 40 who are dedicated to creating positive change in their communities. Through projects in more than 5,000 communities across more than 100 countries, members seek targeted solutions to local problems, creating a global impact.

Visit www.jci.cc to learn more.

Contact:
Krissy Durant, Programs Manager, JCI (Junior Chamber International)
programs@jci.cc

JCI London's TOYP project manager Sofie Sandell, sofie.sandell@jciuk.org.uk

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17th Aug, 2012

Written by Trang Tran

“People don’t do business with companies. People do business with people. Here is why―and how—to become a Social Business” (IBM, 2012). It immediate captured my interest as soon as I knew about Social Business event hosted by IBM and JCI London in June 2012. Since IBM is one of the successful global organizations I admire, I really looked forward to the event itself.

 Attending the event, I had a great chance listening and talking to thought leaders at IBM about Social Business, knowing more insights about social business and innovation from a large organization’s perspective.

To start the event, Justin Ablett – Associate Partner explained about IBM Social Business. I was amazed to know that IBM has been moving itself well beyond social media to create an innovative platform of collaboration and lead generation which is known Social Business. In short, a social business isn’t simply just about Facebook, Twitter or YouTube page. “A social business is one that embraces and cultivates a spirit of collaboration and community throughout its organization—both internally and externally” (IBM, 2012)

Then it was explained in detail about the components of social business and how IBM effectively uses this solution to support their clients to achieve the KPIs. Moreover, we also got some valuable advices on how to build a personal eminence on social media via the most popular platforms including LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

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3 interesting facts I had learned about IBM at the event:

1.      According to IBM, three outstanding characteristics of a social business are Engaged, Transparent and Nimble

2.      IBM not only trains its employees to become digital citizens, it has its own personal dashboard to help them to communicate and see the impact of their online interactions.

3.      IBM Solutions provide tennis players, spectators and people worldwide with a richer experience, seeing scores, statistic and analysis of matches via IBM Slam Tracker

You can have a look at the IBM Social Business presentation here:

http://www.slideshare.net/JCILondon/ibm-social-business-13819099

A huge thank you goes to Ricky Kothari, JCI London Business Director, Justin Ablett – IBM Associate Partner, Todd Abramson – IBM Strategy and Transformation Consultant and Alison Foley – IBM Business Strategy Consultant.

 

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7th Aug, 2012

2012 marks the 30th anniversary of the JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) Program. Just like the first set of JCI TOYP Honorees from 1983, this year's ten honorees will be celebrated at the JCI World Congress held in Taipei, Taiwan.

In order to commemorate this momentous occasion, JCI is inviting young people around the world to participate in selecting the 2012 JCI TOYP Honorees. Along with the traditional final judging panel, comprised of representatives of select partner organizations and the JCI President, there is also be a public popular online vote.

Here we present the JCI UK finalists, please vote for them! 

André Campbell 

Andre Campbell
Business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment

JCI United Kingdom
As an introspective teenager, André Campbell always wondered, “Why am I here? What more can I do to help others?” As a young active citizen, André had the vision to turn his queries into action, sparking his youth peers to actively better the world. Campbell started Enfuse Youth, an interactive career development organization led by young people who experience the unique challenges today’s youth face everyday. 

Campbell and his team are dedicated to igniting young people’s desires to succeed in life, their career and in their community. Enfuse Youth runs hands-on learning encounters that focus on equipping youth with the right tools, development opportunites and mentors to support them along the way. Campbell’s vision is for every young person to have the opportunity to obtain the work experience and skills to land their dream job. 

Enfuse Youth also offers a large service component. Campbell believes one of the best experiences, especially for today’s youth, is to do something positive in your community and give back to others that need it most. Enfuse Youth participants have made trips to developing villages in Africa to serve the underprivileged and restore hope for these citizens. Campbell cherishes that participants experience eye-opening adventures that expose different socioeconomic structures and cultures, offering participants a new perspective. Campbell hopes these experiences inspire them to take active responsibility of their own destiny and that of their community. 
 
Jamie Dunn 
Jamie Dunn
Business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment

JCI United Kingdom

Despite growing up in a neighborhood in the United Kingdom with high unemployment rates, Jaime Dunn started his first small business when he was only 12 years old. Many of his family members were unemployed so by age 15, he opened five more small street market booths to give some of them valuable work experience and a small income. 

At the age of 16, Dunn was accepted into the prestigious Peter Jones Academy and moved to London to further develop his entrepreneurial skills. He cultivated the desire to share this knowledge with other youth to encourage them to obtain a job and succeed in their communities. After starting successful mentoring programs as well as speaking to students about their future careers, he created Made By Young People. (MBYP) 

MBYP is a for-profit company that uses its profits to tackle the issue of youth unemployment through entrepreneurial workshops and enterprise classes in schools across Europe. MBYP has educated and motivated over 30,000 young people in more than 10 countries. Now Dunn is chairman of an investment fund providing youth, who would not normally have access to important resources, develop their start-up business ideas. Dunn’s independence, resilience and hard-working attitude shows how one active citizen can take their skills and create positive change by teaching and supporting others.

Bobby Kensah
Bobby Kensah
Political, legal, and/or governmental affairs

JCI United Kingdom
Raised in disadvantaged parts of the world as a result of family financial issues, Bobby Kensah turned his hardships and experiences into motivation for future success. At age 12 he did not even know how to speak English, and by secondary and high school he was excelling in all of his classes. He then went on to university, obtained his law degree, received a scholarship for his masters and became a corporate lawyer at international law firm, Norton Rose. Professionally, his accolades include, amongst others, Law Society's Lawyer of the Year, BSN Promising Young Lawyer and the Square Mile Young City Lawyer of the Year. 

Even through his professional life, he was determined to take an active role in creating grassroots community change. He took a sabbatical from his law firm and dedicated his time to serving others. Projects he has led and participated in, spanning over a decade to present, include addressing teenage youth issues such as knife crime, bullying and gang involvement, as well as speaking at schools across the UK sharing with students the power of volunteerism. 

Kensah is founder and CEO of the Phase One Network, which provides a mentoring program and networking opportunites for young people with disadvantaged backgrounds interested in obtaining a job. Phase One connects likeminded future leaders from business, law, government and education sectors across the UK. As Campaigns and Policy Officer for the United Nations Youth Council, Kensah has strengthened and inspired young people and student populations at universities across the world and thus making community action the norm, not the exception. Kensah puts his community above himself and his career, showing young people success can be found by creating a positive impact at the local level.

 


Katherine Sparkes 
Katherine Sparkes
Moral and/or environmental leadership

JCI United Kingdom
 
From building schools to helping women start their own businesses in developing counties, Katherine Sparkes made her dream a reality but starting up her own Corporate Social Responsibility consultancy, Flamingo, aged just 22. Now ten years on, the business bridges the gap between corporates and charities, with imaginative, hands on, sustainable projects.

With the vision and passion to carve out a completely new market sector, Katherine took on the challenge of creating something that at the time did not exist, but would serve charities and communities while also benefiting corporate clients.

Flamingo enables businesses which otherwise would not have the ability, staffing or resources to get involved and be active corporate citizens.

Katherine excels at engaging companies with the people they help, creating unique bonds that last. Captivating projects and integrated volunteering opportunities allow everyone to ‘give something back' and make them a part of the world they are trying to improve.

Katherine has an incredible ability to empower people and give them the drive to help themselves and others. She is absolutely tireless in her commitment to improving lives, both through her professional and personal lives.

Known for championing entrepreneurship and young trustees, Katherine works closely with schools and universities. She sits on the board for a children's charity, helping young people who have been bereaved and recently set up the Flamingo Foundation, helping empower communities through long-term decisive action.

Sparkes' story provides a great example of how one young active citizen can take ideas and turn them into concrete positive change. She inspires and empowers others to create a better world.

Rabia Bhatti 
Rabia Bhatti
Political, legal, and/or governmental affairs

JCI United Kingdom

Coming from humble beginnings and facing scrutiny for her ethnicity and religion, Rabia Bhatti become the first ever and youngest Muslim female councilor in the United Kingdom at the age of 20. She also held the position of the first president of Aylesbury College, which has an integrated learning campus focused on professional and practical job skills training. Her interest in politics stems from her leadership background and desire to ignite positive change on a local level. 

Being a young adult, Bhatti focuses on providing young people a voice in the political decisions of their local and national governments. Her passion for public speaking is a great tool she uses to inspire and motivate others to take action against local challenges. She has also had the opportunity to give a voice to the youth of today through her participation in the Community Leaders Conference, where she collaborated with other thought leaders regarding current political issues inside the UK, USA, and the Middle East. 

Bhatti plays a strong role in empowering woman to seize their rights to be educated, powerful members of government and society despite social stigmas and obstacles. She believes everyone has the right to be heard regardless of age, gender, religion, class or experience. She values the power of service because it can fight prejudices and unite a diverse group of people for a common, good cause. 

 

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