Frequently Asked Questions
JCI is a place to develop your leadership skills, meet inspiring people and make an impact in your local community.
JCI UK Frequently Asked Questions
JCI UK is a personal development and networking organisation for young professionals in their 20s and 30s. We are part of a global organisation called Junior Chamber International (JCI), which has almost 200,000 members in more than 100 countries. JCI is a voluntary organisation, run by its members for its members.
Our membership is very diverse – from start-up entrepreneurs to people working in blue chip companies, non-profit organisations and charities. Members share a common passion to challenge and develop themselves.
We run projects and events that combine our four main areas: business, training, community and international. You can develop your skills in a number of ways, from helping to organise a local charity event to planning a series of business events. And you can meet international JCI members when you travel to events in other countries.
JCI offers a broad training programme. We focus on soft skills such as presenting, debating & public speaking and negotiation skills etc. You can attend local training events and go to the JCI Presenter, JCI Admin, JCI Achieve and JCI Impact official courses. JCI UK also runs a number of national academies each year including Marketing Academy, Public Speaking Academy, Training Academy and our flagship Leadership Academy “LEAP”. These are also worldwide JCI training events: find out more.
Our members develop their leadership skills by taking on a board or project management role. This prepares them to take on future leadership roles.
By meeting new people, you’ll broaden your outlook and understanding. JCI membership will make your CV stand out, because it shows that you are committed to your own personal and professional development. Many of our members have discovered their passion and found new opportunities through their involvement in JCI. This often leads them to a new career. The soft skills you learn in JCI (public speaking, negotiation, project management etc) will stand you in good stead throughout your career. So yes, JCI is great for your career.
Yes, in many professions, though we are not affiliated to any professional body.
Curriculum Vitae (CV) means ‘the course of your life’. With JCI, you can get involved in projects that will broaden your skills and improve your talents. Potential employers will notice you. So yes, JCI is great for both you and your resumé.
Get involved, go to events, arrange an event with your chamber, travel to international conferences and training sessions, attend JCI training and take on a leadership role. We promise that if you are an active member, you’ll meet interesting people, challenge (and surprise) yourself, and have fun!
JCI UK gives you a chance to give back to society by being involved in community projects. You might like the sound of a charity event, a training event led by JCI, or a project with the Prince’s Trust. Membership of JCI is what you make of it. We encourage ‘learning by doing’. Time and again, we find that the more our members put into JCI, the more they get out.
Yes. Every time you improve yourself, your peers, your community or JCI, you create positive change. The world needs leaders who do that more than ever, so your contribution is important.
You can go to many international events around the world. The main events for JCI Europe include the European Conference and the World Conference. We are invited to the United Nations (UN) in New York every year. In autumn, our members visit the European Parliament in Brussels, where you get the chance to shadow a minister for up to three days. There are plenty of opportunities. If you are a new member, remember to apply for a senate bursary of £100.
The year starts with Launchpad. At this, you’ll get to know JCI UK better and get ready to make an impact during the rest of the year. In April, we hold the Presidents’ and Deputies’ Day. At the end of the year, we have our main event, the National Convention.
Don’t worry – we’ll give you all the support you need. Speak to your local board members or your local president. They will help you.
Every year, you have the chance to be in a team or take on the role of project manager. It can be to organise a charity event or to coordinate a trip to a JCI event. There will be many opportunities. Talk to your Local President.
Speak to your Local President or anyone on the board. They will tell you what roles are available and how you can apply. Being on the board gives you hands-on experience about the roles and responsibilities of board members, work-flow and processes.
Each local JCI President leads for one year. It’s the most important leadership role in JCI, and it involves overviewing the chamber activities and events. It’s a great leadership opportunity, and the memory of the experience will stay with you forever. Along with your council, you’ll make a local impact in your community. Local Deputy Presidents go to European Academy in Gothenburg, Sweden in July to prepare for their year.
A role on the National Board is a big commitment. So it’s always best to gain some experience at a local and/or regional level first. If you’re interested in a national role or project, talk to the National President about what positions are available.
If you would like to be involved on a national level, you can be part of the National Board. If you have the passion it takes to become National President, you must first serve one year as Deputy President. During that time, you will attend a 10-day leadership training course in Japan, along with Deputies from all over the world. The National President has the overall responsibilities for JCI UK and represents the UK on an international level.
JCI UK’s National Board is made up of experienced members from across the UK. The purpose of the board is to provide help and support to local chambers and members. The National Board guides and assists chambers that host national events. The National Board liaises between the international part of the organisation and the local chambers.
It’s up to you how much you want to or can contribute. Becoming Local President or National President is of course a much greater commitment than taking part in local projects and in committees. One thing is certain – being involved at any level is truly rewarding. And, as with many things, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. The more involved you are, the more satisfaction, confidence and energy you gain.
In 1915, Henry Giessenberg started what now is JCI in St Louis, USA. In 1944, a formal agreement was made between eight countries, and JCI became what it is today.
British Chamber of Commerce brought JCI (then known as Junior Chamber) to the UK in 1925. Since then, JCI has enjoyed a close relationship with BCC. In many towns and cities, the Chamber of Commerce supports JCI by being a patron. JCI has a formal agreement with the International Chamber of Commerce, which often participates at our UN Leadership summit in New York
JCI is the only NGO permitted to use the UN globe in its logo, after an agreement made in 1954. JCI supports the UN Millennium goals. Our biggest UN project is supporting the Nothing but Nets campaign in the fight again malaria. The campaign raises awareness and much needed funds to provide treated bed nets for sub-Saharan Africa. We aim to donate one million bed nets by 2015.
A JCI senatorship is the highest award for outstanding members given for their exceptional contribution to the JCI. It gives you life membership of JCI. Senators over the age of 40 are not allowed to hold office, but can still be active in JCI. All international events have a Senate programme.
Standard membership is £120 per year. Student membership is £60 per year.
Simply fill out a membership form online.
The best way to find out more is to come along to an event. This way you can experience first-hand what we do, and you can ask members for their own opinions about what they have gained from JCI. Most events are open to non-members – check out the local websites for details of forthcoming events.
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