MEET TWO OUTSTANDING PEOPLE
OUR JCI UK TOYP WINNERS Issue 5 May 2014
an eventful month 6
What is TOYP?
Learn about JCIâ€˜s recognition of young leadership & engage- ment in the world
Meet Alex & Shaun The two UK competition winners from London
14 JCI London tackles Inner Confidence The end of the month was packed with events - here is a roundup
16 Making Millions?
Learn more about the challenge and how you can help the team to reach their goal!
16 Training Event Read about JCI Achieve & Impact
22 Event highlights in June
See what we are up to and have planned for you
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Word from the president Scrap Of Paper Sitting on the tube, I felt like reading but I had left my book at home. I found a half read newspaper and picked it up. Unfortunately or fortunately the article that caught my eye was partly torn so I cant credit the author. Here’s the summary of what it said, Far too often we seek satisfaction with mediocrity from ourselves, and a lot of the time, it creeps in..
We can jump to a mindset that over complicates the solutions to our challenges. We do this when we insist on making a mountain out of a mole hill because a challenge is real.
Lastly, values go AWOL when a lot of money and or status are involved. If we don’t establish why we’re here and who we’re here for at the outset, values vanish when faced with life’s challenges.
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May in pictures
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Inpiration of the month “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” - Steve Jobs
“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” - Charles Swindoll
“Eighty percent of success is showing up.” - Woody Allen
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The JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Program (JCI TOYP) JCI TOYP serves to formally recognize young people who excel in their chosen fields and create positive change. By recognizing these young people, JCI raises the status of socially responsible leaders in this world. The honorees motivate their peers to seek excellence and serve others. Their stories of discovery, determination and ingenuity inspire young people to be better leaders and create better societies. Since 1983, JCI has honored over 200 individuals from 47 nations. Past recipients of national awards include such well-known personalities as John F. Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Elvis Presley, Jackie Chan, Wayne Gretzky and many more, all named before the age of 40 and before they had achieved national prominence. Honorees selected in past years have represented the heights of progress in numerous human endeavors. Many have gone on to even greater achievements. All have continued to serve humanity in a great variety of ways. Young men and women may be nominated in one of ten categories. The honorees will be selected by an international panel of distinguished judges. Up to ten honorees will be selected from all nominations received, regardless of category entered. Categories 1. Business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment 2. Political, legal, and/or governmental affairs 3. Academic leadership and/or accomplishment 4. Cultural achievement 5. Moral and/or environmental leadership 6. Contribution to children, world peace, and/or human rights 7. Humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership 8. Scientific and/or technological development 9. Personal improvement and/or accomplishment 10. Medical innovation Issue 5 May 2014 6
Judging The Judges of the JCI TOYP are usually drawn from partner organizations such as the United Nations and the International Chamber of Commerce. Judges also typically include business and community leaders, university professors, and JCI Board of Directors Members. The judging is done in two phases. The first phase is a screening process to select 20 finalists. Their entries are then submitted to an appointed final judging panel as well as a popular online vote, which together select the 10 honorees. The selection process is rigorous and intense as all nominees are outstanding young people. The judges evaluate the finalists based on three general criteria: - How well the nominee exemplifies the JCI Values, - How the nominee’s achievements may have benefited his or her community, nation or the world, - How the nominee’s achievements or leadership may have inspired others. Based on the preferences of the judges, a list of 10 JCI TOYP Honorees is established and published. JCI TOYP Awards Ceremony JCI will honor the 2014 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World at a special ceremony the week of November 24 – 29, 2014, during the 2014 JCI World Congress in Leipzig, Germany. The JCI TOYP Ceremony will highlight each winner’s career in narrative form and provide a stage from which the honorees can challenge and inspire young people from around the world. For each honoree, there will be a video presentation profiling his/her accomplishments, followed by the trophy presentation, and an acceptance speech. All Honorees of the JCI TOYP Award are invited to travel to the JCI World Congress for the ceremony.
MEET THE LONDON WINNERS ALEX SWALLOW & SHAUN DIAS Alex Swallow
Humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership Alex Swallow is the Founder of Young Charity Trustees and Assistant Editor of Good News Shared. A former national charity chief executive, he is passionate about social media for social good and was voted one of the top charity CEOs on social media in 2013. He is a mentor for Charityworks, an Advisor for London Young Charity Professionals, a Trustee for a north London charity and a Fellow of the RSA. Outside the charity sector he has worked as a private tutor and an intern for two members of Parliament.
supporting on a freelance basis! I think JCI is a great example of the power that young people have to change the world and how that power is greatly enhanced by building international links. I have spoken at a couple of JCI events and seen the difference that JCI makes, first hand.
Why are you the ideal candidate for the World competition in Leipzig Germany? First, I think it fantastic and appropriate that TOYP honours people who are involved in humanitarian and voluntary efforts. Sometimes the many amazing charities out there don’t get enough recognition. Second, I am the sort of person who takes every opportunity that comes my way. I have already used my national TOYP Award (which I was so thrilled to receive) to Our Interview with him reach out to people all over the world and if I Can you tell us about your background? was lucky enough to be honoured at a Global I come from Brighton on the south coast. I level I think I would act as a powerful Ambassamoved away to study at Cambridge Universidor for JCI and for the posty and have also lived in Romania itive message that I want to (where I helped run a voluntary Sometimes the many share with the world. teaching programme) and Japan amazing charities (where I was an assistant teacher What made you create and national programme representout there don’t get ‘Young Charity Trustees’? ative). thought that charities enough recognition. Iwere missing out on a huge Where did you hear about TOYP chunk of the population and what are your thoughts who could help them make about JCI? even more of a difference for the causes that I first heard about TOYP a couple of years ago they care about. At the same time I thought that when I was invited to an event for the JCI Lonyoung people would benefit greatly from the redon TOYP winners. I was extremely impressed sponsibility and insights being a Board member with them. Two global TOYP winners from the brings. UK are now Ambassadors for my organisation, and a third runs a charity that I am currently JCI London
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What was the biggest challenge you faced and how did you deal with it? I think probably living in Japan for two years, on my own, with no prior knowledge of the language or culture. I ended up having a great time! What’s your hidden talent? I know quite a lot about wine- I started off my wine journey in the Cambridge University Wine Society. Can you describe yourself in three words? Individual, positive, curious! What is your favorite inspirational quote? ‘Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard’ Do you have a funny/inspirational story that you want to share? A friend of mine is an artist. He grew up in an environment where he didn’t have a lot of educational opportunities, there weren’t even any books in his house. He was so talented that he won an art scholarship to study at the British Institute in Rome and he ended up building himself a home in the Italian countryside. He never sells his art so he is able to keep his collection together and he converted an old church into a gallery on a Scottish island to display his work. He is one of the most inspiring examples I have in my life of a person choosing their own path.
Political, legan and/or governmental affairs Our Interview with him
Can you tell us about your background? Well I have lived and grew up in Finchley, North London, for the majority of my life. From the age of 8 I joined the Air Training Corps which I ended up leaving having done 7 years of service and receiving numerous accolades ranging from the Jack Petchy Award and the Deputy Lieutenant Award for Services to Her majesty and the Country. I became and Altar Server and my parish in North Finchley and I am now the Master of Ceremonies having from 14 years of service. I read law at BPP University and now I and the Senior Assistant for the Vice-Chancellor of BPP University Where did you hear about TOYP and what are your thoughts about JCI? I randomly found out about TOYP and JCI, I was at an event last summer hosted by the Y8 organisation. I met Soraya Bowen and she was the one the introduced me to JCI and TOYP, I did some research about it and I thought it was amazing organisation so when the applications for TOYP opened I applied for it. Why are you the ideal candidate for the World competition in Leipzig Germany? I would never suggest that I am the ideal candidate for such a prestigious award; however I think what would put me in the running for it would be everything that I have achieved in recent years. From joining University and taking over BPP Conservative Future and turning around an virtually failing society to making it the biggest and most active political societies at the university. Having got chosen to join No.10 Downing Streets’ research team to carry out a research project, being appointed to the London North Central Conservative Future Executive Committee as the Deputy Chairman Political and as London Conservative Future School and Colleges Officer to being selected by my Conservative Association to be the West Finchley Conservative Party Candidate in the May 2014 Local Elections, making me the Youngest British Sri Lankan Political Candidates in the UK.
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What made you interested in politics at such a young age? To be honest, I am not really sure. I joined the Conservative Party in 2010 at the age of 18 because I really did not want another Labour Government and as it was my first election where I was legally allowed to vote I thought I should take an active step and helping Mike Freer the Finchley and Golders Green Conservative Candidate get elected- which he did. I guess what made politics interesting for me was that 650 MPs sitting in Westminster is making life changing decisions that affect all of us up and down the country, and I wanted to get involved in making some change in the way policy is decided and just how we interact as a Party. I never in a million years thought I would be good enough for the Party to select me to be their Candidate.
did struggle, I prefer hands on approach I am very good and getting things done and I only really learnt that after taking over BPP Conservative Future. I only dealt with it by frankly just getting on it with it; I am not one who gives up, not easily anyway so I just thought it needed to get done and with the support of my family and friends I managed to do it. What‘s your hidden talent? Well I am not a singer that’s for sure, I seem to be pretty good at giving advice and judging situations very quickly well so I have been told. Can you describe yourself in three words? Dedicated, ambitious, motivated What is your favorite inspirational quote? I think my favourite quote, which has featured greatly in recent weeks is a quote from one of this Country’s greatest Prime Ministers Winston Churchill “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
What are your goals? I have all types of goals ranging from 5 to 10 year plans but that is because I am quite OCD when it comes to planning, but I won’t bore you with all of them. I think the main ones that I can Do you have a funny/inspirathink off would be, to stand for Parliament it would be a great honour “Success is not final, tional story that you want to to be a Member of Parliament but failure is not fatal: it is share? A funny story I have is from the that won’t be for years to come. I the courage to campaign trail, I was helping would love to start raising funds continue that counts.” out a friend of my mine who is for children in Sri Lanka who have also a candidate I won’t menbeen affected by the war that has tion the area he was standing ripped the country apart, and help build relations between the Diasporas here. I re- in but I was went to help him and this was back ally enjoy my job so I hope to progress as far in October/November and I was asked to canas I can. One of my mother’s goals for me is vass (knock on someone’s door to determine to get married as soon as so I guess I should their voting intention) someone who lived in the factor that into my plans as well! To be honest, basement. So I had to walk down a metal stairthe one thing I have learnt over the last 6 moths case to get to his door, bearing in mind that it is that all the best things will happen when you has rained the night before the staircase was least expect it, so who knows what will happen very slippery and walking down I nearly slipped to it was very dangerous. I got to the door, I in the future. knocked on it and he answered... he was comWhat was the biggest challenge you faced pletely naked; I had no idea what to do. I though to myself that I really should leave, but I realised and how did you deal with it? I would say my biggest challenge was my de- that I risked my life walking down the staircase gree, as much as I loved university it was the so I stood my ground and shortened what I was best 3 years of my life. I am not an academic, supposed to say and said “Hi sir I am calling on I have never been a bookworm even during my behalf of the Conservative Party I see you are GCSE’s and my A Level’s I just got by to get into busy but please can I leave this leaflet wit you?” BPP. I guess it was my own fault to choose of and then I left. It was one the most awkward the hardest degree out there- law- but I really encounter with a constituent I have ever had! JCI London Issue 5 May 2014 13
JCI LONDON TACKLES INNER CONFIDENCE by ceylan Sepil
The trainer for this event was Life Coach Simone Vincenzi. Simone highlighted the main difference between Confidence and Inner Confidence. He walked us through the three keys to increase our Inner Confidence levels: Self- Acceptance, Self-Love, and Self-Belief. The attendees had then a chance to experience each through challenging and fun exercises. The other learnings from the evening were: Participation = Value My life is my business I am the CEO of my life The participants walked away with practical tools to nurture their state of inner confidence, and thereby dramatically increasing their personal and business opportunities in life. JCI London Issue 5 May 2014 14
Making Millions? Learn more about the challenge & how you can help the team!
By Ling Jin What is The Princeâ€™s Trust Million Makerâ€™s Challenge? Million Makers is an entrepreneurial competition, which challenges teams of up to 10 individuals to turn an initial investment of ÂŁ1,500 into at least ÂŁ10,000 profit. The aim is for all the teams to raise a combined total of ÂŁ1 million for The Princeâ€™s Trust, who strives to transform disadvantaged young peopleâ€™s lives, and help them move into work, education or training. What is this to do with JCI London? Inspired by the ethos of The Princeâ€™s Trust, and the excitement of the entrepreneurial challenge, 10 of us have formed â€˜JCI London Dare to Dreamâ€™ team, representing JCI London to enter the competition â€“ something has never been done before. What is our objective? We want to win! And to us, winning is not only about making the most profit to win the competition, but also about creating an enterprise that contributes back to the communities, empowers and inspires young people to â€˜dare to dreamâ€™, and encourage them to take challenges, and make positive actions â€“ Imagine, Inspire, Impact.
What are the big ideas and how can you help? The Corporate challenge We have a number of ideas bubbling under the surface: races, advertising websites, accelerator programmes, ebay stores, speaking events and big socials. There are some specific areas that we Million Makers is an entrepreneurial competition which challenges would love to get your opinions on: Idea 1 - Dream Accelerator Thinking of becoming an entrepreneur to make the most of your values? To make it happen, the timing is now.
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Recognizing the entrepreneurial desire and the needs for business connections and resources, we endeavor to create a series of 3 entrepreneurship themed events, to help young professionals discover about their business passions and visions, equip them with expert advices, knowledge and experiences, and inspire them to take actions to achieve the goal. In order to design the programs to exceed your needs and expectations, please take 3 minutes to let us know YOUR thoughts: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3J95DLW JCI London Issue 5 May 2014 16
Idea 2 - London Adventure Race This summer we invite you to sight-see London – with a difference! Inspired by the award winning TV Show, “The Amazing Race”, we look to create a London Adventure Race series of events to raise funds for the Prince’s Trust. We promise a series full of thrills, testing of skills, guaranteed laughs and fun in the sun (or rain – but that’s all part of the fun). Either way, we just know you are going to enjoy it! In order to have a great event, we need YOUR help. Please take 3 minutes to complete the below survey and tell us what YOU think. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1IzUUJtqIF1lJ2O5Z6ZQJXCao6NcfxPGcobAePtRwjSo/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link More ideas to follow, watch this space! Sounds interesting, tell me more? If you are interested in knowing more about the initiative, the team, the project, or you’d like to contribute your business ideas to this project, or want to be part of the team, for whatever reason, we’d love to hear from you! Please drop a line to the Project Lead Matt Beaven at firstname.lastname@example.org Look forward to hearing from you ☺ All the love from JCI London Dare to Dream team.
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Tra i n i n g E ve n t
JCI Achieve & Impact Official Courses 2 in 1 By Godfrey Atuahené Junior I’m currently on the central line on my way home after attending the JCI London Impact training. It was an engaging packed filled training session focusing on making a positive change within our local community. No matter how small or big. The day was completely interactive as I‘ve been on a few training courses before and it has been death by Prezi/Powerpoint sadly. We worked on real examples of issues/problems in our local communities. We learnt about the various community projects local JCI chambers have been working on around the world and also the JCI and UN (United Nations) Global partnership focusing on the UN Millennium Development Goals. We heard for example about the project of combating Malaria with Nothing But Nets, which is a project I particularly would like to get involved with. We were taught the fundamentals of building an effective community project: · · · · ·
Researching and analyzing the issues in the local community (going out there and actually asking what issues actually affect the local community) Investigating the issues (drilling down to the route cause) Work with local community groups and in partnership with people and organizations from all sectors Design ideas and solutions that will last not for the short term but the long term Then take action…and do it.
And along the whole way asking the simple question of Why at every step. I would encourage everyone (members and non-members) to attend JCI London Impact training in September 2014. As you will not only receive excellent training but also meet other like-minded people that want to create positive change.
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Event Highlights in June 17.06
JCI London to Tamale Presentation After this great adventure that saw JCI London Members fundraise for 1,000 malaria nets and bring them to Tamale, Ghana in April 2014, join us to celebrate and know more about the next phase of the project! See you there! :) Programme of the evening - Introduction - Presentation of the project with slideshow by Team Members - Discussion with Audience - Raffle - Funny Bits Conclusion and letâ€™s go for a drink!!! Book here: http://www.kweekweek.com/ JCILondon/54f5d0b721
How to become a Digital Leader? With Sofie Sandell A digital leader is a person who uses digital technology and the Internet to create a positive impact around them in their lives and where they work. In this workshop Sofie Sandell will inspire you to do more with your digital online brand. You will discover: - What makes your personal profile stand out online - The best tips to make an impact online and be seen as an influencer - How to build and expand your brand online - The big NOT to do online And many more things! During the evening Sofie will run a short workshop and then all of you will have the opportunity to ask question. Please submit your questions in the form at least one week before the event. Book here: http://www.kweekweek.com/ JCILondon/ce07f165ce
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JCI London 2nd Debate Training Workshop for 2014! Benefits to JCI London members and Guests: Get exclusive access to specialist training Learn how to write a speech and argument quickly and effectively. Build your confidence by practising in a competitive but supportive environment. Find out the secret to thinking on your feet Discover the speaking style that works best for you WIN the JCI national and world debating competitions! What are you waiting for? Book here: http://www.kweekweek.com/ jci-london-2nd-debating-workshop-for2014/632b47c3e8
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26th June 2014
We are going Bowling!
Next issue coming June