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22nd Jul, 2013

Funeral details Margaret Meechan-Allen
by Sofie Sandell on July 22, 2013 21:32

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JCI London has lost Margaret Meechan-Allen, past member and senator. She battled cancer for many year and leaves her husband John Allen and 7 year old twins.

Margaret Meechan-Allen - JCI Career

Margaret first joined JCI (then BJC) in 1993, in Leeds, but later that year moved down to London and transferred to City of London Jaycees. Margaret immediately threw herself into Chamber life, attending the Mansion House Annual Luncheon. Shortly thereafter, she attended the BJC National Council meeting in Cambridge where she agreed to become Project Manager for London for The Outstanding Young Person’s project.

She did a fantastic job, with many of her nominations progressing to Regional level and two to National level. This project was probably the one of which she was most proud, nominating astronaut Helen Sharman, Formula 1 driver Damon Hill and swimmer Karen Pickering, amongst others. Both Helen and Damon went on to receive awards as Outstanding Young Persons at National level. She received public acknowledgement from the National Project Manager and a personal thank you from Alan Jones, MD of TNT Express, the project sponsors, for her achievements. 

Margaret went on to attend numerous local, regional, national and international events that year. She acted as treasurer and social programme director for the European Capitals Meeting being held that year in London, using her professional expertise to negotiate an advantageous VAT status with HMRC.  

Perhaps not surprisingly, she was recognised with a Certificate of Merit for Most Outstanding New Member in BJC at the Liverpool National Awards ceremony.

She continued her involvement in 1995, acting as London’s VP for Chamber Management. During that year, she successfully investigated and solved an issue surrounding the high cost of member mailings, saving the chamber several hundred pounds. In October 1996, keen to give back something to the organisation, she became BJC Foundation Member number 38. In subsequent years, Margaret maintained her active participation, attending national events, twinning meetings and European and World Conferences.

In 1996 she attended the Africa Area Conference in Durban, South Africa, and in 2000 the Americas Area Conference in Curitiba, Brazil. She was She served as BJC National Treasurer in 2000. She was recognised for her service to Junior Chamber in October 2001, when she was presented with her Senatorship, number 61682, at the SERG Awards Dinner in London. It was to be a doubly momentous evening, for it was at that event that she met John Allen, whom she went on to marry.

Sadly, she was diagnosed with cancer in April 2004, which together with having children, resulted in her being unable to attend as many BJC and Senate events as she would have liked. However, she and John did manage to attend a Drumming Out in Canterbury, World Congress in Vienna and ECM in Berlin.  

She lost her long and brave battle with cancer on 14th July 2014, aged just 48. Margaret will be remembered as a person who showed complete dedication and professionalism in all that she did, and as a true and loyal friend. She leaves husband John and twins James and Sophie, aged 6.

Story written by Karen Pheasant friend of Margaret, JCI London President 1988-89 and JCI UK National President 1998. 

Funeral details

Margaret's funeral will take place at Noon on Friday the 2nd August at the Church of St Mary Magdelene, Bolney, West Sussex.

The wake will be at The Bolney Stage, London Road, Bolney, RH17 5RL.
Parking at: Bolney Garden Nursery, Cowfold Road, Bolney, RH17 5QR. The nursery is on the A272 as you come off the A23, on the right. You can then access the church up the lane to the left [from the road] of the nursery which also has a signpost marked 'Church and village school'. For anyone with mobility issues, there is limited parking at the very top of the lane at the sports ground.

There are to be no flowers but a collection for Cancer Research UK. Please send any donations to P & S Gallagher Funeral Directors, Fraser House, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 4HW.

Please can you advise John if you are going to be coming along as he needs to have an idea of the numbers for catering purposes for the venue, you can contact him at: johnac.allen@btinternet.com.

Photos and stories about Margaret  

Please send any photos or anecdotes of our times with Margaret to John as he would like to include some photos in the order of service and anecdotes in his eulogy. 

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14th Apr, 2013

JCI London Buddies
by Eleanor Handslip on April 14, 2013 13:43

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The membership team have been working on some ways to improve your membership experience using the results of the recent questionnaire and forum. Most people join JCI London for personal development opportunities and to meet new people. We want to make it easier for you to get involved, become active and meet more members. To achieve this we will be allocating a member of this year's committee to act as a contact point and buddy for each member. Before we do this you will receive a telephone call from either Dexter, Anniina or me so we can find out about your skills and JCI interests. If you have any questions about this just drop me an email.

 

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6th Apr, 2013

JCI Pathways to Active Citizenship
by Eleanor Handslip on April 6, 2013 14:33

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JCI UK has launched the JCI Pathways to Active Citizenship. There are 3 levels of achievement: active membership, active pathways and active citizenship. It is designed to guide you through the varied opportunities offered as part of your JCI membership and help really make the most out of your membership. 

Keep an eye out for the next JCI London Newsletter that will have more details. The membership team will also be sending out further details shortly.

 

http://www.jcilondon.org.uk/get-involved/JCI%20Pathways/

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22nd Feb, 2013

Looking to test your public speaking skills?
by Eleanor Handslip on February 22, 2013 13:44

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We are looking for some members to come along to the Introduction to JCI London event on 5th March to tell potential new members about their experiences as a JCI member. If you are looking to practice your public speaking skills here is your opportunity! Just let me know if you are interested.

 

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11th Feb, 2013

JCI London Membership Questionnaire
by Eleanor Handslip on February 11, 2013 17:21

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Hopefully you received my e-mail about the JCI London Membership Questionnaire, please take a few mins to fill it in. We want the Chamber to be the best it can be so please give us your views. Here's the link:

https://www.spidergap.com/assessments/7123?invitationKey=fZR6tDz9yIP2fMbM6J1LtxxgHgHZU9n9

 

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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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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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22nd Jun, 2012

Monday 18th June 2012 - 40th Anniversary of The Staines Air Disaster
by Simon James Bucknall on June 22, 2012 14:53

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By Simon Bucknall, JCI London President

Staines air crash 1972On 18th June 1972, British European Airways flight 'Papa India' crashed shortly after take-off from London's Heathrow airport. All 118 passengers on-board were killed - including seven members of the JCI Belgium National Board. They were returning to Brussels from JCI European Conference that year, which was held in Edinburgh.

A special relationship has existed between JCI London and JCI Belgium ever since.

This year, a delegation of more than twenty-five Belgian JCI members and family made the journey to London to commemorate the 40th Anniversary. As President, it was my privilege to welcome the delegation at an informal reception held on the Sunday at Brown's Brasserie on the South Bank.

 

I was immediately struck by the extraordinary generosity of spirit and strength of those directly affected by the crash. Despite the sadness of the event, I did also sense tremendous strength and optimism on the part of those attending.

Staines memorial

On the Monday, we met at Waterloo station for the 8.37am train to Staines. Admittedly, due to one or two latecomers, a handful of us (ahem!) were obliged to take a later train. But we arrived in good time for prayers to be said at the official Memorial in the Moormead Sports Ground, followed by an 11am service at nearby St Mary's Church.

Olivier de Block is a JCI Member and aviation enthusiast. Put simply, you'll be hard pressed to find someone with a more in-depth knowledge of aviation disasters. At lunch, he talked us through the details of previsely how the plane came to crash - stalling at 1,500 feet before dropping like a stone over Staines Moor. The impact of the tragedy on aviation practice was profound - and remains with us today. The black box which records cockpit communications was introduced directly as a result of what happened that day.

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In the afternoon, we were privileged to be invited on a private tour of the British Airways Training Centre, complete with state-of-the-art flight simulators, crew member 'dummy aircraft cabins' plus the opportunity to experience just how heavy an emergency exit door from an aircraft really is!

Extraordinary fact: emergency doors on aircraft are easy to remove at ground level; in the air, they are kept in place by the pressure of the air inside the cabin only.

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All in all, an extraordinarily moving day - particularly for the family members, visiting the site and the UK memorial for the very first time. As for me, the opportunity to spend time with such a wonderfully spirited group of new friends from Belgium was one I shall remember for a very long time.

Tradition has it that in September each year, the President of JCI London attends JCI Belgium National Conference - to give a brief speech and to present the Staines Award, the most prestigious award a member of JCI Belgium can ever receive. I look forward to attending this year's conference, to be held in Flanders from 21st-23rd September. If you would like to accompany me (and potentially my wife and young daughter!) on the Eurostar, you'd be most welcome!

Just drop me an email - simon.bucknall@jcilondon.org.uk

In Remembrance...

Staines memorial

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21st Jun, 2012

JCI London recognising inspiring young active people
by Sofie Sandell on June 21, 2012 12:19

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 JCI (Junior Chamber International) London proudly presents the winners of the "2012 JCI London Ten Outstanding Young People Award" (TOYP). This award is a prestigious local and international awards to recognise outstanding young professionals who excel and create positive change in their chosen fields.

Please join us at the award ceremony Wednesday 11th July, 6.45pm at the London Chamber of Commerce, 33 Queen Street, EC4R 1AP, you will have the chance to meet the winners and listen to their stories. The event is open to both JCI members and guests. Sign up to the event here

JCI London honours eight outstanding young people this year, and they may have the opportunity to represent JCI UK in the world TOYP final in Taipei, Taiwan in November. These winners exemplify the spirit of the JCI mission and provide extraordinary service to the Greater London community.  

"JCI's mission is to create positive change and I am delighted that JCI London is awarding eight truly outstanding people," says Solveig Malvik, JCI UK National President. "I believe that being active in your local community and provide service to humanity is the best work of life, and all JCI London TOYP winners have done this in different ways. They are great examples of active citizens and I hope you feel inspired by their achievements".  

The winners come from a variety of backgrounds and they are between 18 to 40 years old. They have all been nominated in one of the ten categories: business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment; political, legal, and/or governmental affairs; culture achievements; academic leadership; moral and/or environmental leadership; human rights and/or voluntary leadership; moral and/or environmental leadership; scientific and/or technological development; personal improvement and/or accomplishment and medical innovation. 

"All winners are outstanding individuals who have accomplishes amazing things" says Sofie Sandell, JCI London TOYP project manager. "JCI London TOYP is a great way to showcase outstanding young professionals in London and we wish them all best in the world TOYP final later this year." 

The JCI London TOYP winners are

Andre Campbell, Business, Economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment
Inspiring to inspire: For his passion to provide practical steps for young people to achieve their goals, regardless of their economic background
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Bobby Kensah, Political, legal, and/or governmental affairs
A law unto himself: For increasing the engagement of young people in volunteering and setting a strong example that despite challenges, with dedication and perseverance, anything is possible
Read more about Bobby

Chris Busch, Academic leadership and/or accomplishment 
Academia in action: For driving forward young entrepreneurs to build their self-confidence, widen their impact and ignite innovation
Read more about Chris 

Jessica Elliott, Culture achievements
Dancing the dream: For her tireless dedication to empowering young people to feel confident and grow through dance
Read more about Jessica

Karen Pearson, Culture achievements
The radio star: For pioneering communication, expression and engagement through the radio and inspiring a young generation in the media industry
Read more about Karen

Katherine Sparkes, Moral and/or environmental leadership 
The global citizen: For her dedication and servitude to humanity, creating projects not just fit for purpose, but leaving a lasting legacy in the communities they touch
Read more about Katherine  

Noam Kostucki, Business, Economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment
Leading by example: For his service to humanity in proving that altruism and dreams can and should be an integral part of enterprise
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Rabia Bhatti, Political, Legal, and/or governmental affairs 
Triumph through adversity: For her passion and endless enthusiasm for creating positive change in her community and outstanding contribution as a leader in UK politics
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Watch the slideshow from the event

 

For more information and contact 

JCI London TOYP project manager: Sofie Sandell, sofie.sandell@jciuk.org.uk
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About the global JCI TOYP Award

Since 1983, JCI has honored over 200 individuals from 47 nations. JCI honours 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 in their communities. Banners » JCI TOYP logo 2010 - for website.jpg

These ten young active citizens will be honoured at the 2012 JCI TOYP Ceremony and reception in November at the JCI World Congress in Tapei, Taiwan.

Past TOYP winners are John. F. Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Anthony Robbins, Jackie Chan, Elvis Presley. And from the UK Sabirul Islam, Emily Cummins and Amar Latif.

Young men and women may be nominated in one of ten categories. The honourees will be selected by a panel of distinguished judges.

About JCI

We are a membership-based nonprofit organisation of 200,000 young professionals between 18-40. Through projects in more than 5,000 communities across more than 100 countries, members seek targeted solutions to local problems, creating a global impact.

Each JCI member shares the belief that in order to create lasting positive change, we must improve ourselves and the world around us.

We seek targeted solutions to the unique problems in our communities to build a better world, creating global impact.

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