As the leading global network of active young citizens, the United States Junior Chamber provides members with several national meeting opportunities throughout the year. They usually combine training, networking, social networking (the in-person kind!), and we usually conduct the official business of the corporation at that time.
The National Meeting features JCI USA's Awards Ceremony and the Ten Outstanding Young Americans program. You might also have the opportunity to participate in the Jaycees ID Competitions - Speak-Up, Write-Up, Debate, and Portfolio. There are also parties to welcome you to Nashville, and send you off to Houston!
National Summit, Washington DC
The National Summit, formerly known as GALS (Government Affairs Leadership Seminar), teaches members how to be active young citizens by engaging with local community leaders and advocating for community causes. Much of the training revolves around the UN's Millenium Development Goals. The keystone event happens on Monday the 8th - Jaycees from across the country descend on Capital Hill, meeting with their local Senators and Congressmen (or their staff) to advocate on behalf of Nothing But Nets. Did we mention the parties? There will be an Embassy Reception and a Potomac River cruise!
We're very fortunate to be right next to Washington, DC. While other members have to travel long distances to participate, we're no more than 3 hours away. This makes the National Summit one of the most affordable training opportunities for Maryland Jaycees.
The Annual Meeting primarily revolves around the election of our National Officers, although other national business matters are addressed, as well. This event is also packed full of official JCI Training courses, including JCI Achieve, JCI Impact, JCI Admin, and JCI Effective Networking. You'll also enjoy a party welcoming you to Houston, and a party sending you off to next year's Carnival Cruise, hosting the 2016 National Meeting!
Want to get involved in national programming, by attending one of these events? Chances are, you've already got a friend from Maryland who is planning to attend.
Leadership Training University
Leadership Training University (LTU) brings together incoming chapter leaders and interested members from across the country. Session topics include:
- Learn your style and how it differs from your teammates
- Goal setting that works
- Conflict resolution and managing situations when conflict arises
- Engaging with community leaders to build meaningful relationships
- Advocating for a cause
- Developing a personal brand
Attendees will meet with National Officers and review plans of action.