Frequently Asked Questions

What does Kijiji mean?

Kijiji is a Swahili word that means “village.”

What is Kijiji?

Kijiji is a program created exclusively for JMU students to help them become citizens in the world, using their influence for positive change.

Why did you call the program Kijiji?

The name came from a group of students, faculty and administrators who participated in a brainstorming and discussion session about the program before it was called anything. We decided on this Swahili word to express the strengths found in the diversity of our campus community. We also wanted it to represent the JMU community of students committed to realizing their full potential and capacity for influencing the world for good.

How is Kijiji different from MYMOM (Make Your Mark on Madison)?

Let’s start with Kijiji. It’s a three-year program that meets once a week during both the fall and spring semesters. Each week there will be some type of fun learning experience to help students become more familiar with who they are, what their passions are, and how they can be a citizen of influence. There is emphasis on being a leader of one – yourself – as well as on learning effective interpersonal skills for building teams and getting others involved. Students will also learn and apply core leadership skills and experience opportunities to solve real-world problems both on the JMU campus and in the surrounding communities. Now, let’s talk about MYMOM. The purpose of the MYMOM program is to gain insight into your own personal values, leadership styles, facilitation techniques, and decision-making through a semester long leadership program (fall semester). MYMOM is designed to be a springboard into authentic involvement at JMU. For more information about MYMOM, visit their website by CLICKING HERE.

Who can participate in Kijiji?

There are four basic criteria to be able to participate in Kijiji.

  1. Be a second-semester freshman, or of a higher class standing.
  2. Have a passion for making a difference.
  3. Be somebody who is looking for the support and the challenge to get involved in the community in a project of your own design and making.
  4. Apply online during our Application Periods held late fall semester and late spring semester.
The Kijiji program is designed to be a three-year program, but students from all levels are welcome to participate. CLICK HERE for more information about application availability, dates, etc.

I heard that only freshman can apply to be in Kijiji. Is that true?

No. Any student who will be a second-semester freshman, or of a higher class standing, can apply during the Application Period. You might have heard that only freshman can apply because a lot of advertising efforts have been directed at the freshman so they can begin participating in the program during their sophomore year. That’s because they will be able to take full advantage of all three years of the Kijiji program. But, upper class students are invited to apply, as well. For more information about the Application Period, you can CLICK HERE.

When does Kijiji meet?

Kijiji meets every Monday evening, 6:30 – 8 pm. Attendance at the weekly meetings is required to participate.

How do I join Kijiji?

Kijiji is not a student organization, so joining is more a process of applying and being accepted. The application is only available online twice a year. Just CLICK HERE to get more information and find out when we accept applications.

Is there an interview process to participate in Kijiji?

No. The only thing you need to do to participate is submit your application and be accepted into the program. Students who are accepted into the program will be required to meet personally with the Director to confirm their interest in participating.

How do I know if I’ve been accepted into Kijiji?

You’ll be notified by email before the end of the semester in which you applied. After receiving your notice of acceptance, you will be required to meet personally with the Director of the program to confirm your interest in participating.