JCI London has two global 'Ten Outstanding Young People' honorees 2012
by Sofie Sandell on August 31, 2012 18:13
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 (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.
Krissy Durant, Programs Manager, JCI (Junior Chamber International)
JCI London's TOYP project manager Sofie Sandell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vote for JCI UK's finalists in the global Ten Outstanding Young People Award
by Sofie Sandell on August 7, 2012 08:25
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!
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.
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.
JCI United Kingdom
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.
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.
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.
Public Speaking Club
by Mehnaz Siddiqui on July 26, 2012 14:03
"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.
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!
By Roxana Pascariu
by Marlies Kunnen on July 25, 2012 09:28
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
Meet one of our new members - Ola Szaran
by Sarah Beckwith on July 19, 2012 21:59
Why did you join JCI?
I 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!
JCI London Ten Outstanding Young People Award 2012
by Sofie Sandell on July 13, 2012 10:42
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|
Visit to JCI Cambridge
by Simon James Bucknall on July 11, 2012 09:30
I write this post on the morning of our JCI London 'Ten Outstanding Young Persons Awards' Night. Really looking forward to it - and we have more than ninety people booked. Super!
Last night, I paid a visit to our friends at JCI Cambridge - to deliver a workshop 'Talk The Walk' on communication and how to articulate your 'true value' as a professional. Imagine my delight to discover that, on arrival at Cambridge train station, the venue was all of 200 yards away!
As ever, a very warm welcome from chamber President, Patrick McCrae, and VP, James Mitchell. Thanks guys!
Cambridge have a very good relationship with top slaw firm, Eversheds, so we had a terrific space to work in - and a lively group of about 15 people, keen to learn and ready to push beyond the proverbial comfort zone!
If you're reading this and are within easy reach of London, why not come to one of our upcoming events? There's plenty to choose from - though I suspect spaces at tonight's TOYP event may be all but sold out!
Make It Happen!
Suits them! Thousands have better chance of work thanks to YOU
by on July 9, 2012 19:05
The Suit Amnesty’s second annual campaign has come to a close and we are delighted to report that it has been another massive success. Across the country we had a whole host of businesses taking part and people have been as generous as ever with their unwanted workwear. From libraries to theatres and pension companies to banks, all sorts of companies and venues have been championing our cause and acting as drop-off points. And we’ve been graced by a raft of celeb support too – James Cordon, Ruth Langsford and Kate Walsh have been getting in on the act and helping us to spread the word.
All of which means The Suit Amnesty has been bigger and better than last year and shows what a caring, thoughtful bunch us Brits are. More than 3,000 suits have been donated (with more still to come), and our partner charities are over the moon, so THANK YOU!!
Me with the suits collected so far!!
Here are just some of the things those involved in the campaign have been saying:
"Our wonderful suits make a big difference to homeless people's ability to get back into work. When they go to interviews, they really look and feel the part." Amanda Croome, Booth Centre Co-ordinator
“We’re delighted to have been involved for the second year running. The suits are really great quality and invaluable for our ‘Back to Work’ scheme – they give people a real confidence boost ahead of an interview.” Penny Roberts, Connection St Martins – London.
“Self confidence is very personal - a feeling someone has when they know everything, for them, is just right. We can help our clients prepare in lots of ways for employment and being well presented is a really important part of that.” Val Nevin, Assistant Director at the Cyrenians – Newcastle.
Paul from Cyreians in Newcastle getting a new suit
“The Suit Amnesty campaign fits well with our objective to deliver help in the area of employability and we hope to be able to make a real difference to those that need it most.” Mark Menton, assurance director and community affairs leader for PWC North East.
Member of staff from PwC with their stash of suits
"Suit Amnesty created an extra buzz for our business as it got people talking and really seemed to strike a note with everyone who came into contact with us. The quality of the suits donated was impressive and the thought that they are going to such good use has been truly inspiring. Not only that but partaking in the campaign helped raise awareness of The Marketers' Forum as we were featured in the Guardian - re-gifting has been rewarding in more ways than one!" Abby Beckley from drop-off point the Marketers Forum.
My Journey to Becoming a Young Trustee
by on July 5, 2012 18:57
I became a Trustee of Centre 404 several years ago. When I was asked I was already a volunteer at the charity, but I never imagined that I could become a Trustee. I thought being a Trustee was only for much older, mainly retired people. I really enjoyed learning about the organisation, meeting the key people and starting to contribute at a Governance level. One day, along with the Chief Executive and two fellow Trustees, I was lucky enough to go to a national Trustee conference.
Once there I was shocked by how few young people were attending and began to look into things more deeply. I found that, according to Charity Commission research, the average age of a Trustee in England and Wales is 57. I decided to do something about it. Just over a year ago, I set up a group for Young Trustees on LinkedIn. I thought it would be a good way to encourage current and potential future Young Trustees to network and also for those with more experience to provide encouragement and advice. I was struck by how many people were interested and it was obvious that this was an area which was currently lacking support. Through Trustees Week http://trusteesweek.blogspot.co.uk/ awareness of Young Charity Trustee (YCT) built and it gave me the opportunity to reach out to other organisations.
In December 2011 I also put YCT on Twitter and Facebook and in spring this year we got a website, designed for free for us by the brilliant Inspiring Young People http://inspiringyoungpeople.com/. A few months ago I took on my first two volunteers who are already driving things forward. I have now managed to meet with a lot of organisations and charities who are interested in promoting Trusteeship and through their generosity and support, our message is starting to get out. JCI London has been particularly helpful. As well as promoting Trusteeship, I am also keen that YCT generally promotes opportunities for young people and shows them how they can fulfil their potential and JCI provides a great example of that. JCI London member Natalie Jewel recently gave a brilliant explanation of what can be gained by young people becoming Trustees http://www.jcilondon.org.uk/blog/2012/06/why-i-become-a-charity-trustee/ Some of her key points were the pleasure you get from being involved with something that you are passionate about, the opportunity to learn new skills that will take your career
A First Timer at European Conference in Braunschweig
by Alekhya Mukherji on July 1, 2012 18:12
When I started my journey to Braunschweig two weeks ago I was not sure what to expect. I had heard many stories and great experiences from others at JCI but nothing really prepares you for the real thing until you actually take part.
Right from the start I met fabulous people. At the airport I met most of the delegation from Cambridge. It was an early start for all of us but we were all buzzing with energy! From the beginning I was impressed with the immaculate organisation of the conference. Everything was catered for - transport, food, drinks etc. Even if you felt you were lost (especially at the beginning) there was always someone from the Conference Organising Committee (COC) staff on hand to help you.
While going through the agenda before the EC I had decided to attend as many training courses possible, sprinkled with a few company visits to keep me busy; and the parties every night J .However, I would recommend any first timer to take part in the "First Timer" event at the start of any conference. It is a great starting point to understand how the conferences are structured and work and also guide you through the important parts of the agenda. It was also a platform to meet other people who are in the same boat and get introduced to Senators who have done it all and are there to help you get the best experience.
The training seminars available were varied and interesting (however dependent on trainer). Being able to learn and share experiences and best practices across Europe was very useful. You get many "aha" moments where you realize that there are other aspects you had not considered and enable you to think more broadly.
And finally the parties and UK delegation - the parties were fabulous. The locations were quirky, free-flow drinks and socializing with great people. A perfect end to each day! However, the highlight at each party was the UK delegation. We showed up in strength, stood out from the crowd and were the loudest and most cheeredJ Further, not to forget the galas and award ceremonies were very special - with one of our own winning the "Most outstanding new member" award.
Looking back it was a fantastic experience and I am really happy I took the opportunity to attend. You can only understand the international aspect and appeal once you attend an event like this. What stand out for me is the perfect organisation, the sponsorships and branding of JCI (something we should target in the UK) and the extraordinary people!