Passport to Civic Leadership

Passport to Civic Leadership is a membership tool designed to quickly immerse new members into their Jaycee careers and help veteran Jaycees grow and develop their individual, managerial and business skills. Participation in the program leads members to a satisfactory Jaycee experience and results in higher member retention for the chapter.
Members will be recognized at each state convention with the highest degree they earned for that convention. Upon completing the entire program, members will receive a 10th Degree pin from JCI USA.

Jackson Sayama, Agnes Santiano, Kent Yang, Jessica Jones, Tu Chanh Hua, Logan Chun, Danicia Honda, Colby Pacupac, Sarah Young

How the program works

The program is designed to take two to three years to complete, and is accomplished in 10 phases, or degrees. Each degree introduces the member to a new aspect of the Jaycee experience, develops a different leadership skill, and builds on the skills and steps previously attained. The program is self-directed and members can proceed at their own pace.

How do members report their degree achievements?

Members can report their degrees in the membership system at

  • Members must have a log in for the JCI USA membership database (which all members do, if you are not sure what it is, there should be a “forgot log in” or “password” link on that website).
  • They have to log in to the database and click in the passport to Civic Leadership Tab and check off the requirement(s) they’ve completed & click submit.
  • The chapter president/contact then receives an email notification that there is degree activity for them to approve. That’s done through the membership database. If you are a chapter president the State President will approve your degrees.

1st Degree

  • Attend 50 percent of the chapter`s meetings while attaining 1st degree
  • Attend a new member orientation and assess how you can utilize the Jaycees to help achieve your personal and professional goals
  • Participate in a Jaycee Project
  • Attend a chapter event
  • Meet with your Chapter President, login to, review your profile and how to utilize it, then recite the Jaycee Mission and Vision Statement and/or Creed.

2nd Degree

  • Attend 50 percent of the chapter’s meetings while attaining 2nd degree
  • Learn about National & JCI trainings, programs, and initiatives such as TOYA, PMGs, the professional skills competitions, etc. Share what you learned with your Chapter President and/or chapter
  • Be an active committee member on a chapter project
  • Visit and and explore the various tools available to you there
  • Invite a friend of Jaycee age to a chapter meeting or function, if that friend is unable to attend you can provide their contact information to the Chapter President for follow up

3rd Degree

  • Attend 50 percent of the chapter’s meetings while attaining 3rd degree
  • Chair or co-chair a chapter project
  • Look around your community for like minded young people who may be interested in the Junior Chamber and provide a list of no less than 10 names with contact information to your Chapter President
  • Understand the Active Citizen Framework. Accompany a chapter member to a meeting with a community leader to identify community needs
  • Enter a competition of your choice at either the District, Regional, State and/or National level

4th Degree

  • Attend 50 percent of the chapter’s meetings while attaining 4th degree
  • Chair a project and complete & submit the PMG to your local Chapter President
  • Attend a chapter training program
  • Conduct a new member orientation, for a group or one-on-one
  • Engage a new member by explaining the 10 Degree program and helping them enroll

5th Degree

  • Attend JCI Impact, Healthy Chapter Initiative Training, or Active Citizenship Training either in person or via webinar
  • Lead a training
  • Participate in a Jaycee project
  • Visit an activity of another chapter
  • Attend a state/regional meeting

6th Degree

  • Attend 50 percent of the chapter’s meetings while attaining 6th degree
  • Serve on your chapter’s board of directors
  • Plan a joint meeting/event with a neighboring chapter
  • Hold a conversation with a National Officer of your choice
  • Attend a city council meeting or a chamber of commerce meeting. Report your findings back to your chapter.

7th Degree

  • Lead a new member orientation
  • Help a member become more involved in the chapter
  • Chair a committee that follows the Active Citizen Framework to meet with community leaders, identify a community need and identify a solution your chapter will undertake. Write and submit the CPG to your chapter president
  • Attend a National meeting
  • Conduct a media interview that positively reflects the Jaycees or meet with a local elected official regarding the Junior Chamber movement

8th Degree

  • Create a fundraising project for your chapter or recruit a sponsor
  • Participate in a JCI training
  • Implement the solution identified in Degree #7.
  • Listen to a JCI USA Podcast and share with other members.
  • Submit an article for publication in a chapter, region, district or state publication

9th Degree

  • Assist a new committee chairperson in writing a PMG
  • Serve in a State role such as Program Manager/Regional Director/etc.
  • Recruit one new member. Make sure he/she completes a member survey and is enrolled into the Passport program
  • Serve as a judge for a chapter or state competition
  • Evaluate your Active Citizen Framework solution from Degree #8. Share your evaluation at a chapter meeting

10th Degree

  • Lead a State training
  • Give a presentation to your chapter on the Passport Program
  • Conduct an evaluation of your chapter’s plan of action
  • Attend an upcoming USJC annual meeting where you will be recognized as a 10th Degree Jaycee!