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2022 JCI Conference of America Winners Announced

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The 2022 JCI Conference of America in Willemstad, Curaçao was an incredible experience full of new opportunities to celebrate, connect, learn and grow. The excitement concluded with the Awards Ceremony, which honored the best individuals, projects and organizations from the region.

Best Local Business and Entrepreneurship Program

Winner: ReactivAcción: Programa de formación económica y personal
JCI Manta, Ecuador 

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many isolation-based health policies were established across the world for public health. Unfortunately, these policies also affected the economic development of local enterprises, leading many to disappear.

JCI Manta, through its ReactivAcción project, provided free training programs and personalized mentoring for economic and personal development particularly in rural areas. This program provided vital tools for entrepreneurs, helping them to strengthen local economic exchange and promote the development of new enterprises. Within the ReactivAcción project, JCI Manta also held a forum with private sector representatives of large companies to motivate, inspire and direct young people who are starting to undertake their own entrepreneurial journeys. And as a final act to boost morale, JCI Manta organized the community of San Mateo to paint a mural commemorating the economic activities of the sector. Through this project, JCI Manta also experienced an increase of about 17% in members.

Best JCI RISE Project

Winner: Gastronomic Passport JCI 
JCI Joaçaba/Herval/Luzerna, Brazil 

Originally created as a JCI RISE initiative, the Gastronomic Passport JCI has proved relevant to this day. With this project, JCI Joacaba, Herval and Luzerna sought to support their local economy through supporting local restaurant businesses. By using the concept of food passports and coupons, they were able to encourage people to try new foods and engage with faltering businesses. Through this project, they have increased the amount of customers for various restaurants, including a pizza restaurant that had a special JCI gastronomic coupon used 100 times by different customers in 60 days. In addition to this their main sponsor, the food delivery app Aiqfome, gave them R$ 1,700.00 of support and made its digital delivery platform available so that the passport partner companies could offer their services in the app.

Best International Cooperation Project

Winner: Reclaim your Power: Endometriosis and PCOS Awareness
JCI Antigua and Barbuda, West Indies

Despite the significant number of women affected by Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), there is often little education surrounding these conditions. To help with this desperate need for knowledge, JCI Antigua and JCI Barbuda, along with the government, the private and public sector and stakeholders, distributed clear and accessible information about Endometriosis and PCO. On Wednesdays they’d hold “Women Care Wednesday,” where they released weekly tips with information about the disorders and empowering messages. They also held a “Wear Yellow- Fight Endo” Day where men and women wore yellow in support of persons suffering endometriosis and to use the publicity as a means of starting conversations with family members and close friends. The culmination of this project was an online panel led by female health professionals, doctors, a nutritionist and a herbalist.

Best National Growth And Development Program

Winner: Human Capital Plan – JCI Argentina
JCI Salta, Argentina

The mission of this program is to attract, retain, motivate and monitor both new and official members of JCI Argentina. To increase loyalty, the “Onboarding Program” was proposed and for increased motivation a “Training Plan” comprising training sessions and courses was created. They encouraged local organizations to carry out a four-week planned Onboarding Program, in which those interested can train, develop and acquire the basic knowledge to be an official member. The plan was so much a success that authorities of Villa Constitución in Santa Fé, Oberá in Misiones, San Luis, Catamarca and La Rioja contacted JCI Argentina to open new local organizations in their cities. In the end, JCI Argentina was able to increase their membership with 80 new members!

Best Local Growth & Development Program

Winner: Programa de reclutamiento: Inspirar, Impactar & Crecer
JCI Manta, Ecuador

JCI Manta created this program with the objective of swearing in 25 new members of different professional areas. To do this, JCI Manta offered potential new members the following development opportunities: High-impact projects and campaigns and the strengthening of skills via personal and professional development training, attendance at ordinary assemblies, local, national and international events and intensive boot camps for empowerment. All of this was possible thanks to local, national and international JCI members who gave talks and official courses such as JCI Explore and JCI Discover, JCI Events, leadership and teamwork, the JCI Action Framework and the SDGs, JCI RISE, impact projects , tools for personal growth within JCI, JCI networking, JCI Manta open house and others. JCI Manta through this project ultimately recruited 28 new members.

Best Local Community Impact Program

Winner: JCI Antigua Senator Leandra James Cancer Awareness Campaign  
JCI Antigua and Barbuda, West Indies

Cancer cases have increased in the West Indies along with myths that have prevented people from seeking early treatment. In response, the JCI Antigua Senator Leandra James Cancer Awareness Campaign was started. The campaign was divided into two phases. The first was an education phase that ran throughout the year including “Cancer Month,” “Cancer Trivia” and flooding social media with Instagram posts. The second phase was focused on Fundraising and Donations/Financial Assistance. To assist in these areas, the Campaign started a Color Run and Fitness Jam where participants had to purchase packages to attend. The campaign has amassed a great following by the Antiguan public while also forging strong bonds with The Cancer Centre Eastern Caribbean Foundation.

Best Local Individual Development Program

Winner: Tech Skillz for Seniors
JCI TX Houston International, USA

In collaboration with the Chinese Community, TX Houston International created “Tech Skillz for Seniors” to help senior citizens get acquainted with how to use technological applications. Like everyone, seniors need to stay connected and one of the most efficient means of communication is through video calls. As the world strives towards an economy in which technology is leveraged to promote peoples livelihoods, TX Houston International also believed it is important to prepare much older citizens to meet new workforce demands, harness the benefits of technology and communicate in the language of the future. With this hands-on program, senior citizens were able to learn how to expertly navigate their way around the usage of Zoom to more efficiently operate in the digital world. 

Best Inter-organization Collaboration Project

Winner: Yautepec sin colillas
JCI Yautepec, Mexico

In Mexico, about 50 billion cigarette butts are discarded annually. JCI Yautepec sought to remedy this and thus created their “Yautepec sin colillas” project. Working alongside with the company EcoFilter México, their main objective was to minimize one of the most abundant human residues on a global scale through increasing social awareness and encouraging community involvemnet. By helping people become more aware of how this daily act creates a massive amount of global soil and water pollution, JCI Yautepec, local government and civil society have collaborated to remedy the issue. 

Best Local Global Goals Project

Winner: Recycle & Create Competition
JCI Antigua and JCI Barbuda, West Indies

The “JCI Antigua Recycle and Create Competition” was a successful collaboration between JCI Antigua and JCI Barbuda’s Youth Empowerment Programme and Environmental Awareness Programme Committees. This competition was formulated to promote children’s education, in particular to promote environmental education and environmental awareness. By doing so, JCI Antigua and JCI Barbuda could ensure that future generations are more aware of humans impact on nature and to encourage them to find innovative solutions and methods for the future. Fittingly held on Global Recycling Day with the help from ten corporate sponsors, the competition was a success with children creating shoes, dresses and bags from cups, straws, spoons and forks, and many other items. 

Most Outstanding Local Project 

Winner: Reclaim your Power: Endometriosis and PCOS Awareness 
JCI Antigua and Barbuda, West Indies

Despite the significant number of women affected by Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), there is often little education surrounding these conditions. To help with this desperate need for knowledge, JCI Antigua and JCI Barbuda, along with the government, the private and public sector and stakeholders, distributed clear and accessible information about Endometriosis and PCO. On Wednesdays they’d hold “Women Care Wednesday,” where they released weekly tips with information about the disorders and empowering messages. They also held a “Wear Yellow- Fight Endo” Day where men and women wore yellow in support of persons suffering endometriosis and to use the publicity as a means of starting conversations with family members and close friends. The culmination of this project was an online panel led by female health professionals, doctors, a nutritionist and a herbalist.

Best National Flagship Program

Winner: JCI Brazil 2021 Leadership School 
JCI Carazinho, Brazil

The project aims to assist JCI members as they become the best version of themselves, developing qualities of enterprising young leaders who can take charge in a changing world. The program was divided into five modules: soft skills, effective communication and argumentation, management techniques, leadership and community relations. Each module is made up of four themes that are aligned with basic leadership development knowledge. Professor João Paulo Bittencourt, a PhD in Business Administration and currently responsible for the Health MBA at Hospital Albert Einstein, helped to create this method. This has created a positive long term impact of training and retaining members and the JCI Mission among members.

Most Outstanding New Local Organization

Winner: JCI Santiago del Estero 
Argentina

JCI Santiago del Estero is recognized as the leading young organization in their local society. JCI Santiago del Estero is recognized for the development of programs and projects that offer tools and empower citizens, providing opportunities for young people to grow according to their interests. Through alliances with the Secretary of Science and Technology, the technological node, the Chamber of Commerce and the National University of Santiago del Estero (UNSE), they had a long reach with their initiative. With all these efforts, JCI Santiago del Estero held a total of 15 different trainings and carried out a twinning with the local organization JCI Buenos Aires, furthering the reach and potential of their JCI chapter.

Most Outstanding Local Organization

Winner: JCI Marechal Cândido Rondon
Brazil

During 2021, JCI Marechal Cândido Rondon far exceeded expectations and had an increase of members, decrease of costs, discounts in annuity payments for JCI Brazil and received multiple sponsorships for social and fundraising projects. For example, they received $30,000 in sponsorship from Itaipu Binacional for a social project! JCI Marechal Cândido Rondon also carried out social projects with other organizations such as Rotaract, Rotary, Freemasons, Lions Club, City Hall, schools, universities and public companies. In 2021 they held 39 weekly plenary meetings and held a strong presence with the local press in newspapers, TV and radio. This publicity work not only attracted new young people, but also engaged the junior members to continue to be active in the local organization. JCI Marechal Cândido Rondon truly understands what “Leading is Our Duty” means and has even taken on the responsibility of being the host city of the National Convention of JCI Brazil in 2022.

Most Outstanding Local President

Winner: Iasmin Seelig
JCI Passo Fundo, Brazil

President Iasmin has consistently proven herself to be a resilient young social entrepreneur. She spared no effort to make sure that the members were supported in such a difficult time as the Covid-19 Pandemic, making call after call in support of her members. She was always looking for ways to promote JCI Passo Fundo and did so by presenting to the City Council,  having the Board of Directors visit TV Passo Fundo, and initiating a partnership with Estilo Chic Magazine. Under her leadership, JCI Passo Fundo won the 100% Efficiency award and six TOYP awards from the JCI Brasil TOYP program.. President Iasmin was responsible for building the social networks of the local organization, was the creator of the “Jogo Americano” Project, implemented management software for the treasury and so much more. Without President Iasmin, JCI Passo Fundo would not be the thriving organization that it is today.

Most Outstanding New Member

Winner: Monica Beatriz Amonzabel Mancilla
JCI Chuquisaca, Bolivia

Monica joined JCI Chuquisaca as a young marketing entrepreneur, demonstrating leadership capacity even from the beginning of her application process.  She sought to assume challenging responsibilities, applying immediately after her oath to the Communications and TOYP Chuquisaca 2021 directorates. As Director of Local Communications, Monica created a strategic content guideline and established an agreement with 10Minds technology center to grant them scholarships for Graphic Design and Marketing. As Director of TOYP Chuquisaca, she achieved the support and involvement of 18 companies from Chuquisaca, the San Francisco Xavier University and the Governor’s Office and through a massive call campaign reached more than 150,00 people. Monica also quickly applied herself to JCI training opportunities ​​such as graduating from five official courses and participating in 12 continuing education courses. 

Most Outstanding Member

Winner: Eliana Castillo 
JCI ‘80, INC. Dominican Republic

Eliana is a proven enterprising young leader through her actions, and her devotion to and participation in JCI. Together with the Community Director, she also developed a donation and sponsorship scheme to increase the local organizations funds. She implemented a modern and striking graphic line in RRSS. Her effort has paid off, helping JCI ‘80, INC to increase followers by 50%. Always innovative, Eliana has also started two new initiatives within the organization: 80 Verde and Mujeres 80, which promote the impact of our actions on the environment and encourage female leadership. With all her actions, Eliana is the living example of what it means to be an active young leader, as she constantly supports the members of the organization to feel motivated to continue their leadership journey.