Highlights of 2016 and getting ready for 2017!
by Rafael Tselikas on December 31, 2016 17:57
Dear JCI Members and Friends,
The year 2016 is getting to an end and we are all preparing to celebrate the arrival of 2017!
I would first like to thank the Council Team 2016 for the great efforts and commitment they put in making this year a success! Thank you also to the National Board and Senators for their continuous support along the way! You all were instrumental in making JCI London living the JCI mission of “Providing development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change”.
The Council Team 2017 is getting ready to bring JCI London to the next level under the leadership of President 2017, David Khanna.
As the year is ending, I would like to share with you some of the 2016 highlights. Those achievements wouldn’t have been possible without the building blocks set by Team 2015 and previous years.
Some of the 2016 key highlights:
· Hosting more than 70 local events covering all areas of opportunity.
· We have send 300 kids’ books to a Kids’ library in Ghana and have fundraised over £1,000 to purchase computers and send them to Ghana in early 2017.
· Initiating a project for the Refugees that included volunteering in Calais for a weekend as well as sending over kid’s books for refugees’ children’s in France.
· JCI London reaching over 4,800 likes on the Facebook fan page and over 3,600 followers to the Twitter account.
· Organising an exciting and well attended series of training events under the theme of ‘Jet Set your Career’
· JCI London being well represented internationally, attending among other the European Conference in Finland, European Academy in Sweden, Global Partnership Summit in New York, Know How Transfer in Brussels, World Congress in Canada.
· Organising an inspiring London Peace Conference, within the context of the JCI Global Peace is Possible initiative.
· Strengthening our existing partnerships and developing a new partnership with the London School of Business and Finance.
· Running an annual Gala Dinner with guests from across the world and a Summerfest with regional guests.
· Having entrants in the JCI UK National Public Speaking, Debating and Extempore competitions.
· Being awarded eight National Awards at JCI UK National Convention and one award at JCI European Convention in Finland.
Do you want to get involved, develop new skills, build your network and make a positive difference in 2017? Join us at the Kick Off on January 17th: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jci-london-kick-off-2017-tickets-26856543645
Happy New Year to All!
JCI London President 2016
JCI London at UN Secretary General event
by Rafael Tselikas on February 15, 2016 20:00
The visit by UNSG was a landmark occasion, to celebrate the appointment of the first Secretary General, 70 years ago at the Central Hall Westminster. 6 JCI London delegates attended together with over 2,000 people according to UNA-UK statistics on 5th Feb 2016.
In his opening remarks, HE Ban Ki-moon expressed his appreciation for the solidarity shown by heads of state the previous day, in pledging monetary contributions to help Syria. He commended the championing efforts of the United Kingdom in that regards. In Preventing extremism and promoting human rights, he said 'the UN was responsible for raising over 10 billion dollars for Syria in one day’! This is the triumph of multilateralism. In JCI language, this is real 'service to humanity' where we can join forces with them in helping to create a safer world with projects that include assisting refugees to integrate into society.
He also highlighted that the Sustainable Development Goals will take us further in the Agenda for interdependency, and encouraged that 'All goals must be interconnected & implemented comprehensively'.
I believe JCI as an organisation, can certainly adopt these strategies towards global positive contribution by continuously aligning our various community projects with the SDG's to make greater global impact.
Amongst other topics discussed, the issue of 'Women empowerment' was at the forefront, with the UNSG proposing that we should be more 'proactive than reactive' when it comes to the rights of women and girls in order to promote social progress & gender equality. Again, a good challenge for us to consider and do our part. In addition to this, an interactive session moderated by UNA-UK's Chairman, Sir Jeremy Greenstock addressed questions raised about what young people can do.
As young people being the hope of a better world, we were advised to raise our voice because we have unlimited capacity without any political restraints and we need to expand our global citizenship. I was pleased to see that JCI is certainly ticking the boxes in making our impact felt and our voices heard. We will continue!
Overall an enriching experience that we were honoured to have been part of & had the opportunity to network with potential JCI partner organisations.
Message from Soraya, JCI London President 2015
by Rafael Tselikas on January 1, 2016 20:40
It's amazing how a year can fly by and we are now finally in 2016!! Whoop Whoop!
The reigns have been officially handed over to Rafael Tselikas and his team.
I know that next year will be an 'extraordinary' one building on what we have achieved in 2015. It has been an honour to serve as President in 2015 and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 'A-Team' (JCI London) council team for great year and memorable 12 months.
A few highlights from 2015:
· Building strategic partnerships with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Philanthropy Club, Funding Network, while continuing to support our long-term sponsor CET
· Maintaining strong international presence. Last year JCI London members attended European Capitals Meeting, European Conference, JCI Norway Leadership Academy, European Academy, European Know-How Transfer and World Congress in Japan.
· We re-invigorated our partnership with our Twin Chapters and hosted our Twinning Weekend.
· We launched our Adventure Race and raised £1,243.75 (incl. gift aid) for Kids Club Kampala, KIIDs Trust Varanasi and The Prince’s Trust!
· Our London to Ghana Project delivered 1,000 kids’ books for JCI ACCRA ROYALE 'Brighten you Corner project. We also won 'Best Long-term Community Development Project' at JCI UK National Convention in Barnsley.
The Team for 2016 has lot's in store and will exceed what has been achieved in 2015!
JCI London IPP 2016
Funeral details Margaret Meechan-Allen
by Sofie Sandell on July 22, 2013 21:32
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.
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: email@example.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.
JCI London Buddies
by Eleanor Handslip on April 14, 2013 13:43
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.
JCI Pathways to Active Citizenship
by Eleanor Handslip on April 6, 2013 14:33
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.
Looking to test your public speaking skills?
by Eleanor Handslip on February 22, 2013 13:44
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.
JCI London Membership Questionnaire
by Eleanor Handslip on February 11, 2013 17:21
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:
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.