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7th Nov, 2012

The end of an era...
by Sarah Beckwith on November 7, 2012 21:29

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In one week's time, I will perform my last official duty as a member of the JCI London council, as I give my President's Report about JCI London's year in 2011 at the AGM. After six years on the council during which time I have held five roles (Community Director, Membership Director, Deputy President, President and IPP) this will be somewhat the end of an era for me.

As a member of the JCI London council, I have:

  • Council team » Coucnil 2011.jpgDeveloped my project management, public speaking and leadership skills
  • Learned how to think around problems
  • Been presented with some unique opportunities such as speaking in the House of Lords and attending life-changing academies in Sweden and Austria
  • Worked with some amazing and inspiring people
  • Discovered a love of blogging
  • And met some of my best friends

As an experienced member, I now take most pleasure from JCI in seeing new members join the organisation, discover its limitless opportunities and develop themselves through active involvement in chamber activities. The new members I have seen join JCI London in the past few years have been outstanding and as I step down from the council, I know the chamber is in the safe hands of ambitious, talented and creative young active citizens who will take JCI London to a whole new level.


Council team » Council.jpgAnd of course, just because I will no longer be on the council, doesn't mean I won't still be an active member - I look forward to attending events and joining project teams. The beauty of JCI is that there are always opportunities to get involved. 

I can whole-heartedly recommend a role on the JCI London council to every member wishing to get the most out of their membership. Anyone wanting to find out more or come to the AGM, can find details here.

 

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26th Oct, 2012

Travel Bursaries for JCI UK Convention!
by Simon James Bucknall on October 26, 2012 09:09

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Chamber » travel-suitcase.jpgPerhaps the most distinctive benefit of JCI membership is the opportunity to build a national and an international network. Attending events (especially conferences) outside your local chamber is a great way to develop that network. As they say in Lonely Planet travel guides, "all you have to do is go!"

In support of this, we have already awarded a series of travel bursaries in 2012 to support the cost of travel for active members to travel to conventions outside of London. In addition, the winner of the JCI London Public Speaking Competition next week will receive a £150 bursary to support the cost of travelling to Belfast in late November to represent the Chamber.

I am delighted to announce that we can now make a small number of additional bursaries available (for the sum of £100) to support the cost of attending JCI UK National Convention to be held in Belfast on 30th November - 2nd December.

Since we don't know the number of people who will apply, we cannot guarantee that your application will be successful - but we shall do our best! Be assured, convention attendance is already very strong with more than 140 members booked from across the country. The JCI London delegation is also HUGE - don't have the final numbers, but we'll be there in force!

Bursary application criteria:

  • you must be a JCI London member in good standing (i.e. have paid your dues!)
  • you are an active member, contributing to projects and events during the course of 2012
  • you will be attending your first ever JCI UK Convention
  • you are willing to write a short article on your experience afterwards (or give a brief presentation)

For full details (including an application form), please email our Honorary Secretary, Nahas Abdul:

nahas.abdul@jcilondon.org.uk

Good luck and see you in Belfast if not before!

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20th Oct, 2012

Dream Team...the FUNdraising continues...
by Alexandra Illsley on October 20, 2012 21:28

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On 7th October, after lots of training, the Dream Team ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon. 

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Everyone did really well, Sandor overtook me and came in at around 2hrs (Ok, Ok it was 1 hour 48!) Joe and Soraya also did fantastic finishing 13 miles! David and Lina also did brilliantly though they are unfortunately absent from the photo but there in spirit as part of the Dream Team!
Most importantly we raised much needed funds for our partner charity, KIDS. However, it does not end there! You can still sponsor us here
The FUNdraising continues on the 5th November when we will be hosting a fundraising pub quiz and we would love to see you there! Booking details here:
Many thanks for your support! 

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18th Sep, 2012

Why a JCI Conference should be high on your list of “Things to do”

The JCI European Conference is an annual event which sees Jaycees from all over Europe (and the rest of the world) converge on an European destination for several days. 2012 was no different with the Conference being held in Braunschweig, Germany in June. Although I had heard of the legacy of JCI European Conferences from other Jaycees, my experience as a delegate surpassed all expectations. I was fond of JCI before, but after European Conference: I love JCI !

European Conference officially ran from 13th - 17th June 2012. However, it began two days earlier for me as I was a participant in the Official JCI Trainer course. Taking the course with international Jaycees and being trained by two of the best international JCI Trainers you are likely to come by (Marcel and Marju) was a phenomenal experience.

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Although the international element did make the two day course that much more intense, it also made it that much more valuable as I got so much more learning out of it.

For the remainder of the Conference I had registered myself to tour a Jägermeister factory, attend a keynote speech by the CEO of Volkswagen Financial Services, attend separate workshops and seminars on personal branding, groupthink and business success factors, as well as squeeze in some time for sightseeing of Braunschweig via an Old-timer bus.
Quite a schedule but the Conference was not all work as play was definitely present with a phenomenal party each night. Whether it was the party following the Conference opening ceremony, the Alps Night, or the Nothing but Nets Charity Night, Jaycees let loose from the day's activities, mingled and partied up a storm, and then some!

In particular, the opening ceremony held on the evening of the 13th June stands out for me. Held in Volkswagen Halle - an indoor sporting arena whose arena has a capacity of 7,000 people and which is home to the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig basketball team - the opening ceremony can only be described as an extravaganza. For anyone looking to find the UK delegates, they were the lively group decked from head to toe in Union Jacks and animatedly waving a Union Jack!

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In closing this blog post, I must agree with the guarantee stated on the JCI UK website about JCI Conferences: "once you've been to one, you'll want to go again." The 2012 JCI European Conference was fantastically organised, well-executed, packed with brilliant keynote speakers, workshops, seminars and training sessions, and professionally unparalleled to any other networking event I have previously attended. To add to this, I met some truly amazing Jaycees from all over the UK and Europe.

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See you in Monte Carlo for the 2013 JCI European Conference!

Vassili

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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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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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26th Jul, 2012

Public Speaking Club
by Mehnaz Siddiqui on July 26, 2012 14:03

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"There have always been great public speakers and great public speeches in our societies – from the great Greek and Latin philosophers to the modern political activists and visionaries. And despite the fact that ideas and styles may have changed in time, there has always been one common ground – the audience and the need to address the audience in an inspiring, convincing way that can touch them and make them share our ideas in order to make a change for the better around us.

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And how can we actually do that? On Wednesday evening, one of the greatest public speakers in the UK Simon Bucknall shared his ideas in a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere. All presentations, no matter the topic, are in fact conversations between you, the speaker, and your audience, Simon told us. And the more you shift towards your audience looked upon as an interlocutor, the better.

And what exactly does your audience need? Well, they need good rapport, a roadmap to see where you take them and most importantly they need to see a purpose, a goal. Once the public speaker manages to build these three elements, the road to success is almost guaranteed.

However, what I do believe is missing from this triangle is its very centre, which is the honest belief and passion for what you are putting across – and on Wednesday 18th July at the London Chamber of Commerce, I could see passionate speakers talking from their hearts about the things that touched their lives in such meaningful ways

Thank you so much for sharing! Thank you so much for the opportunity, JCI London Training Team!

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25th Jul, 2012

Book Club
by Marlies Kunnen on July 25, 2012 09:28

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Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx

And the best place for discussing books is the JCI London Book Club! We are currently reading The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power by Joel Bakan and our next meeting is on 22nd August. If you are a JCI member and would like to join the book club please contact Marlies

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19th Jul, 2012

Meet one of our new members - Ola Szaran
by Sarah Beckwith on July 19, 2012 21:59

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Why did you join JCI?

Ola Graduating at Marketing AcademyI joined JCI because I believe this is a place to meet active and extraordinary people who are not afraid to take actions to make a difference! It's a place to learn, develop your skills and become a person you want to be

What events have you attended?
My first JCI event was the ‘Marketing Academy' in Sheffield. I was very impressed by the smooth organisation and great training sessions. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in marketing. I've also attended several business events and the event with JCI Secretary General Edson Kodama who talked about JCI history, where it all started and what's the plan for the future.

I even organised one event myself- a meeting with an inspirational business woman and mentor- Karen Darby. I received all the help I needed from the business team members and the event was a great success with almost 40 attendees.

How have you been enjoying your membership so far?
Yes, very much. One of the best things as a member is that you are able to decide how much you want to get involved. I think you can compare it to a beautiful garden. You can sit on a bench and enjoy the surroundings or grab a trowel and plant some flowers. It's really in your hands, as every JCI member has a voice and can shape the future.

What are you most looking forward to about being a JCI member?
I can be very specific - I'm looking forward to the 21st July, to attend the TEDxSquareMile - Team Launch Event. I would love to get involved in this project!

 

Thanks Ola!

 

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13th Jul, 2012

JCI London Ten Outstanding Young People Award 2012
by Sofie Sandell on July 13, 2012 10:42

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JCI London Ten Outstanding Young People Award was a big success with eight outstanding winners. Almost 80 people attended the event during the evening.

If you missed out please check out the photos and the slideshow from the event: 

Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) 2012

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