Growth and Development Academy

JCI Growth and Development Academy

The JCI Growth and Development Academy (GDA) aims at bringing together JCI members from all over Europe who want to work towards the growth of their local and national organizations by generating growth strategies and projects. Additionally, it has a clear focus on member retention in order to build more sustainable organizations.

In 2023, there will be a GDA held in person just before the European Conference focused on organizational growth and development as well as online GDA in the autumn, which will focus more on personal growth and development and preparing JCI leaders for their roles in the year(s) to come. 

While the in-person GDA will provide access to limited number of members (30 participants), the online will be available for all interested members.

Dates, Place & Fee

Start: May 20th, 2023 (participants are expected to arrive before 16:00 EET)
End: May 22nd, 2023 (the academy will end by 15:00 EET)
Place: Constanţa, Romania
Fee: 75 EUR (to be paid after participation approval; includes accommodation in a double room for 2 nights, food & drinks during meals and materials).

Participation application

Places for the in-person academy are limited. There is specific selection criteria based on the organisations needs for support and members motivation.

Deadline to apply: March 27th, 2023, 23:59 CET.

NB! All applications will be sent to the respective National President for approval.

Growth and Development Academy

About the Academy

The JCI Growth & Development Academy of JCI Europe focuses on how to build a sustainable local and national organization. The aim is to support both new and small National and Local Organizations in Europe as well as those organizations who have been facing a decrease in membership for the last years.

Participants will be provided with a set of tools and skills to help them think of their organization in terms of it being a small business & will be trained in how to put what they learned into action. Each participant will be expected to perform a similar academy (or separate activities) in their own local or national organization within 1 year after graduation.

Target groups:

  • Future leaders of local organizations that are in need of sustainable growth (e.g. newly established organizations, or organizations that wish to improve their membership numbers)
  • Future leaders of small national organizations (maximum 150 members)


We will focus on the new message of JCI HQ and we will push participants to think of their local organization in terms of it being a small business. We will help them identify their unique value proposition, plan their sustainable development and learn how to recruit and retain members.

There is a limit of 30 participants and the COC team will review the applications and prioritize according to the status of the National Organization.