Designed for first-year members, Springboard is a tool to ensure members have every opportunity to become an active and productive member. Aimed at creating well-rounded Jaycees, the Springboard activities entail participation in community and individual development, as well as membership/social events.
The local chapter Membership Vice President or designated Director should assist the new member with completing a LEADERboard Enrollment Form, enclosed in the useful documents section, which is submitted to the Passport to Leadership Program Manager. This form also is available electronically at www.mdjaycees.org under the Membership Section or on the US Jaycees website www.usjaycees.org under the Membership Section.
Upon completion of the LEADERboard requirements, the local chapter Membership Vice President or designated Director, should assist the member with completing the LEADERboard Certification Form, ask the Chapter President to sign it, and mail it to the Passport to Leadership Program Manager. This form is enclosed in the useful documents section and available electronically at www.mdjaycees.org under the Membership Section. Once new members have completed the requirements, they will have earned their first three Degrees.
Passport to Leadership is a career path for members, providing a logical sequence of events to be followed to ensure that members have the opportunity to take advantage of balanced programming and can experience the total Jaycee concept. By working through the various requirements spread across ten degree levels, members will learn and grow in the Junior Chamber experience. The first three degrees may be earned within the member’s first year through the LEADERboard program or individually if not completed with the first six months.
For the member, Passport to Leadership is a guide for personal growth. In addition, each member completing the Passport to Leadership program achieves the benefits of leadership training while directly affecting the experience of other members.
For the chapter, Passport to Leadership is a personnel management program, which can be used toward the achievement of chapter goals through member participation. The chapter also gains increased visibility and influence within the community.
Members advance through the Passport to Leadership program by attending various events, recruiting new members, and holding leadership roles within their chapter or on the state/national level. Different requirements are defined for each level on the Passport to Leadership form included in this section.
The Passport to Leadership program is divided into three phases, as described below:
Phase 1: Involvement
The first three degrees provide newer Jaycees with opportunities to experience orientation, training, community awareness, and sharing Jaycees. (See LEADERboard)
Phase 2: Experience
Degrees four, five, and six are designed to let Jaycees use their experience from the first phase to develop skills in activation and recruiting.
Phase 3: Leadership
The last four Degrees use the Jaycees’ training and leadership skills gained in the first two phases.
When a Degree has been achieved, the local chapter Membership Vice President or designated Director, should assist the member with completing a Passport to Leadership Certification Form (found in the useful documents section,) listing the Degree and activities completed. Have the local chapter President sign the form, and send it to the Passport to Leadership Program Manager.