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Prepare for a leadership experience like no other: The JCI USA North American Academy is a transformational three-day experience that combines leadership development with international community building.









Applicable skills development.
Trajectory-changing experiences.
Real-world problem solving.

The JCI USA North American Academy is an immersive experience that combines leadership and personal growth. Internationally renowned trainers provide three days of activities and coaching that will push you out of your comfort zone and to your next level. You'll leave inspired and ready to drive immediate improvement in your organization! 

Applications will be reviewed within two weeks of your submission and you'll be notified about the status of your application.

About the Academy Experience

Who is Academy for?

North American Academy is for impact creators - for future leaders and those who will lead their communities on the local, national, and even international stage.​​ You don't have to be in a national leadership or executive position to attend NAA. That's actually the point - the experience is created to empower and educate those that see themselves in larger roles in the future, both within the JCI movement and outside it. 

Development sessions and topics to help you drive impact

When the attendee arrives home from the JCI North American Academy, they will have learned new skills relating to leading a group, motivating others, building an international network of like-minded people, and acting strategically with community and organizational stakeholders to create positive change. 

Let us worry about the logistics so you can focus on the experience

Just worry about getting to New Orleans! Once you're on site, the vast majority of logistics are handled for you, allowing you to focus on getting the most of your experience. Your registration includes four nights of lodging, most meals, all training sessions/activities, and the graduation ceremony.

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Build your network with national and international attendees and trainers

With graduates and trainers from seven different countries, you'll walk out of North American Academy with a wider network from people in the United States and beyond. World-class trainers deliver content in a smaller, more personalized setting that you won't find in normal conferences and events.

Meet the Academy Trainers


Viktor Ómarsson is an international Coach & Consultant at AHA Moments, a company that provides coaching, business consulting, and corporate training. Furthermore, Viktor is a Certified Life Coach and is actively involved in continuous work with start-ups & entrepreneurs. 

In addition to his professional career, Mr. Ómarsson is the 2023 JCI World President. He has previously served in several different local and international roles, including National President of JCI Iceland and a JCI Vice President.


Jay Johnson is an internationally renowned speaker specializing in behavior and organizational development. Jay has given keynotes and workshops in 30 countries across 4 continents, empowering audiences with a unique perspective on behavior, communication, and leadership.

In addition to his professional profile, Mr. Johnson has extensive leadership experience in JCI. He has served as a Chapter and State President as well as on the international stage as a JCI Vice President. 

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Academy Graduate Testimonials

North American Academy is a program unlike anything I've ever experienced. If you're ready to take on the world, if you're ready to take on your community, if you're ready to take on your life...go to North American Academy.


Christian Gray
2021 Louisiana Jaycees State President
JCI USA 2021 Board of Directors

If you're looking for a life-changing experience, not just for your leadership development but for your personal and professional development, then North American Academy is for you.


The training and sessions provided, along with the group of people and friendships set me on a clear path to where I am now. The NAA experience is unlike anything else I've experienced in JCI.

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Sue Solymosi
2023 JCI International Vice President
2022 JCI Canada National President

Bethanie Miller
HR Manager, WCC Hattiesburg
2021-2023 JCI USA Board of Directors

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