“Service to humanity is the best work of life”
One of the core areas of development in the junior chamber is community development. By volunteering for, leading, or creating community service projects, the Rising Phoenix Jaycees develops positive change within members and the community.
Community service also provides opportunities for members to learn leadership and teamwork skills. The junior chamber concept of leadership development through community service started over 100 years ago in St. Louis, Missouri, and continues to this day locally, nationally, and internationally through Junior Chamber International’s Active Citizen Framework.
The Active Citizen Framework is 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.
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 Kaimuki and Koko Head District Parks.
Members are also challenged 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 email@example.com or seek out an RPJ board member to learn how you can volunteer or if you have an idea for a service project.