Leadership Development Through Community Service


RPJ’s mission is to develop leadership through community service. The last line of the JCI creed states:

“Service to humanity is the best work of life.”

RPJ members are asked to seek out new community development opportunities through volunteering with local community organizations. The chapter also remains committed to established partnerships with the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii, Lanakila Pacific, Special Olympics Hawaii, and the Kalakaua, Kaneohe, and Koko Head District Parks.


JCI Hawaii partnered with Malama Maunalua to complete a beach restoration project, but what does “beach restoration” entail? Malama Maunalua educated JCI Hawaii’s volunteers in how to identify and remove invasive species of algae, therefore restoring the balance of the ecosystem. As pictured above, Selina Wong, Shawn Unemori, Kristen Yoshikane, Kelsey Yoshikane, and Jonathan Tanji.


IPP Shawn teamed up with RPJ member / Damien school teacher Ross Murakami to collect donations for Damien Memorial School. With the goal of keeping covid-19 away from Hawaii’s keiki, our members delivered to Damien students 78 hand sanitizers, 253 N-95 masks, 7 bottles of Clorox wipes, 11 bottles of antibacterial wipes, and 2 bottles of antibacterial soap. 


Aside from participating in community projects, RPJ members are encouraged to create and lead their own community service projects, like RPJ’s homegrown signature project: The Spikes for Tykes Volleyball Tournament. The project began as a summer volleyball tournament in 2008, and has grown over time and generated several thousand dollars in donations to local non-profits and schools.

Email risingphoenixjaycees@gmail.com or seek out an RPJ board member to learn how you can volunteer or if you have an idea for a service project.


The junior chamber concept of leadership development through community service started over a century ago in St. Louis, Missouri. It continues locally, nationally, and internationally through Junior Chamber International’s Active Citizen Framework, a roadmap to finding sustainable solutions to challenges facing communities around the world. By identifying root causes of problems, building partnerships across sectors, developing an effective plan to take concrete action, and evaluating your impact, we believe everyone can create positive change.