2017 Raleigh Jaycees College Scholarships Applications posted!

Established by the Raleigh Jaycees in 2003, we offer two scholarships annually that recognize student achievement for those who have demonstrated “Leadership Development Through Community Service.” Students must be nominated by an Administrator, School Counselor, Employer or Community Service Supervisor. Criteria include merit, character, and leadership and community activities. See the link below for more information and links to the applications.



Hey Chester Have You Heard About HOBY?

The Raleigh Jaycees are preparing for HOBY NC East 2016! If you’ve never heard about HOBY, it is in one word- OUTSTANDING! (Sorry, couldn’t help it!)

The HOBY Leadership Seminar is a leadership program for rising high school juniors, called “Ambassadors”. The seminar gives Ambassadors an opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills, learn about their personal leadership styles, and form an appreciation for community service.  They attend sessions featuring prominent speakers and participate in leadership development activities, including a community service project. As a result of their experiences, the Ambassadors return to their schools and communities eager to make a difference and share what they have learned. The Seminar runs from Friday June 17 to Sunday June 19.

RJC is in active recruitment of facilitators. Facilitators act as chaperones and facilitate small group workshops of 10-12 students throughout the weekend. Facilitators are paired with another facilitator and are trained prior to the seminar, with lots of guidance, support, and excitement along the way! You do not need to be an RJC member to volunteer.  If interested, please contact Cat Lewis and/or Rebecca Murdock at 3


Raleigh Jaycees and JCI: Uniting “Active Citizens” Worldwide

How would you describe the Jaycees?  We are a group of young professionals ages 21-40, but what other characteristics best describe us as an organization?
In 2010 at the Junior Chamber International (JCI) World Congress, the JCI General Assembly launched the Active Citizen Framework.  The more I learn about this framework, the more I believe it is who we are at our core – Active Citizens.
The Active Citizen Framework aims to meet the following objectives through partnerships between Jaycees chapters and business, government and other civil society (non-profit) organizations.
·         Empower and activate young people to take ownership of their communities.
·         Provide a framework for sustainable action that produces tangible results and measurable societal development.
·         Align JCI partners at global, national and local levels in cohesive, strategic format for societal development.
Much of our work in community service and civic engagement include those the United Nations, one of JCI’s long time partners, describes in their Sustainable Development Goals (formerly known as Millennium Development Goals), such as:
  • Increase universal access to education
  • Promote gender equality
  • End poverty and hunger
  • Promote child and maternal health
  • Improve environmental sustainability
  • Encourage corporations to include Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) through the UN Global Compact 
As with many of the projects and initiatives we lead as Jaycees, we aim to measure our effectiveness and impact of these projects from the view of our members, our chapters and our communities through our Chairperson Planning Guide (CPG) and our Program Management Guides (PMG).  Both guides provide ways for Jaycees to create S.M.A.R.T. goals for their initiatives to encourage their professional growth while showcasing the value of the work we do.
The two of my favorite lines of our Jaycee Creed state that “the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations” and “that service to humanity is the best work of life.” The Active Citizen Framework empowers Jaycees to live out these values – global partnerships and service resulting in positive change in the communities around us.
How can we integrate this framework in our Jaycee career and in our lives as Active Citizens? Feel free to leave comments and start the discussion below.