Who We Are
Junior Chamber International (JCI) is a unique organization of young professionals ages 18 to 40 with a common goal to create sustainable positive impact in the community. Currently, there are over 200,000 JCI members among 5,000 local organizations internationally. We aim to develop young active citizens and equip them with skills and knowledge to organize and run innovative projects to make their community a better place.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Need In Community
In 2000, leaders from around the world came together at the United Nations to put forth a framework to tackle matters such as hunger, poverty, and education, which came to be called the Millennium Development Goals. At the end of 2015, world leaders met again to put forth a new set of goals that built off of the Millennium Development Goals; these would come to be known as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
According to the National Retail Federation, back-to-school supply spending has increased nearly 50% over the last decade. Many supplies, including composition books, ruled paper, and sharpened pencils are imperative for a good education for our children. With their students in mind, teachers on average spend $500 of their own money every year replenishing the needs of their students.
Recently, the teacher shortage in Hawaii has been highlighted by the Department of Education’s recruiting trips to the mainland. Hawaii has one of the highest teacher turnover rates in the country with reports of over 410 teacher vacancies. Our current and future teachers are in need of our community’s full support in their efforts to educate our children. With the expectations of our children to receive post-secondary education, it is imperative that their educational foundation is not constructed at the financial expense of our teachers, who struggle to maintain a decent wage with Hawaii’s well known high cost of living.
History of Adopt-A-School Day
This year we celebrate the 11th anniversary of Adopt-A-School Day, which began as a Hawaii State Jaycee Project, and is now a National Project with JCI USA. A past Hawaii State Jaycee President was challenged by his mentor to put forth a great project during his presidency. After observing various educators in Hawaii pay out of pocket for their supplies, such as composition books for their students, an idea was born. That idea then, came to be known as Adopt a SchooDay. Today, Adopt a School Day is project that brings together the community to raise awareness, support, and to recognize our educators and their schools. We do this in the school supply donations, as well as through the donated time of our volunteers to create and execute meaningful projects for our educators and their schools.
If you would like to enlist as an individual or an organization to partner with the Hawaii State Jaycees for Adopt-A-School Day, please email us at email@example.com. Someone will get back to you within 24hrs to arrange an appointment with you or your organization to find out how you can help with Adopt-A-School Day