JCI helps with the floods in Belgium.

Over the past few days, many people in Belgium and our neighbouring countries have found themselves in need due to the heavy rains. Our JCI members, all volunteers, immediately rolled up their sleeves. Together with the municipalities and other organizations, they have provided sleeping places, food and drink, and other emergency resources. Meanwhile, they gradually started cleaning up their own homes, businesses and neighbourhoods. Often in difficult circumstances.

We at JCI Belgium are very proud of our local branches and very grateful for all the help they receive. Our JCI members can count on an incredible network. We have received messages of support from all over Belgium and even worldwide. Often followed by the question how they can help. We would like to thank you all very much. Your messages are lights throughout these special days.

The reconstruction will take time and resources. And your support is very welcome. As JCI Belgium members, we find it important to work closely together with others to create the biggest impact possible. Therefore, we coordinate regularly with the local authorities and between the JCI chapters in the entire affected area, including neighbouring countries, and decide together how to best use your support.

Together we will set up actions in the coming weeks around 3 themes that are very important to us, namely:

  1. Rebuilding the local area and especially the economy in a sustainable way.
  2. Training that helps our companies and young people to become future-proof.
  3. The mental well-being of local residents.

How can you help concretely? This can be done in various ways

  1. By supporting financially through gofund.me/6c39322a or directly on the account of JCI Belgium BE95210094119758
  2. By doing what you do best: setting up actions together, offering helping hands, finding partners & doing projects to help them.

What are we thinking about specifically?

  1. The reconstruction

Before we can really rebuild, we need to clean up. This is not yet possible everywhere in a safe way. So be sure to coordinate with the local municipalities on where you can best deploy yourself today. Once we can guarantee the safety of larger groups, we will look into starting up specific JCI group clean-ups.

In the meantime, we do need basic resources such as snowploughs, cleaning supplies and hygienic supplies as well as food and water. If you can provide this in large quantities, please feel free to contact us.

Once we can start rebuilding we will focus on the companies. The goal is to help them reinvent themselves in an innovative, sustainable way. That is why we are thinking of longer-term projects.

In addition, we also want to specifically support our schools in their reconstruction. Young people are the leaders of tomorrow in this changing world and the schools play an important role in this.

  1. Training

To prepare young people and companies for a changing world by offering them relevant training from all over the world. Our JCI network has experts in sustainability, de-construction, digitalization, financial management and many other skills that are needed now more than ever.

On the one hand, we want to organize these trainings for a wide audience and live translate them into their own native language where necessary and on the other hand, we want to open our network fully to young people from the affected areas. Therefore, we are going to offer some of them a free JCI membership.

  1. Mental well-being

From JCI we are going to set up a number of actions for local residents and their children with the aim of relaxing and escaping the daily reality. We want to make sure that the actions do not create extra work for our volunteers on the spot and therefore we will involve other local JCI chapters to coordinate this. 

If you have a good idea on one or more of our themes or if you want to help execute this, please let us know via info@jci.be or Nele.Buysmans@jci.be.

With warm JCI regards,

On behalf of JCI Belgium,

Nele Buysmans, National President 2021

Post-COVID initiatives by entreprising young leaders from JCI

Post-COVID initiatives by entreprising young leaders from JCI

Junior Chamber International focuses its efforts on projects that support the economy and well-being.

It is all too well known that the current health crisis will have an impact on many people. Belgium, like the rest of the world, will have to redouble its efforts to regenerate and rebuild itself, as well as its economy, businesses and human resources.

RISE is Junior Chamber International’s (JCI) response to the COVID-19 pandemic from an economic perspective. It is an initiative led by the members of the 47 local chapters scattered throughout Belgium, who encourage them to develop projects related to the three pillars of RISE :
1. Supporting and rebuilding economies by supporting local small businesses
For example: Chacun chez soi (JCI Mouscron), Ça existe (JCI Malmedy-Hautes Fagnes), JCI Xmas Box (JCI Dendermonde), Lockaal (JCI Hasselt)
2. Motivating the workforce through youth entrepreneurship
For example: Convincing from the start (JCI Aalst), Women in Leadership positions (JCI Namur), JCI Change your Game (JCI Brussels, Gent-Artevelde and JCI Damme)
3. Safeguarding the mental health and well-being of citizens
For example: Prioritize Yourself (JCI Ghent); Happy@work (JCI Arlon); Pour rebondir, dopez votre optimisme (JCI Pays de Herve), Positief Opvoeden (JCI Knokke-Heist)

Whether at the local, regional, national or international level, JCI offers its members development opportunities in four areas of opportunity (training, community, business and internationalism) that will enable them to create positive change in their communities.
So if you are between 18 and 40 years old and want to learn, grow, impact the world, meet inspiring people and help your community grow after COVID-19, you can join JCI. With partners like the United Nations, JCI gives you the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone, increase your skills and become a leader of tomorrow while working together on impactful projects.
In short, JCI is a good mix of a youth movement, a service club and a training school.

The year 2020 has brought us its share of reflections, trials, and the search for meaning in our lives. “What do I want to do with my life? Am I happy? Will I have the courage to change job? How can I improve this world in which I live, for myself and for others”. All these questions, each of us has probably asked ourselves at least once this year. What if JCI could help you answer them?
What better way to start this new year 2021! Interested?

Every year, a new team of volunteers helps all Belgian JCI members achieve their goals. In 2021, the Limburgese Nele Buysmans and her team, composed of Flemish, Walloon and Brussels members, will focus on helping society recover from COVID-19.

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