Original Active Citizens
Our global organization of 200,000 young active citizens grew out of the vision of one St. Louisan more than 90 years ago as a constructive approach to civic problems. Founded in 1915 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA by Henry Giessenbier, the movement spread, and Junior Chamber International was founded with eight other countries in 1944.
The JCI Global Structure
Each member belongs to a JCI Local Organization within a city, town or village. It’s here on the local level where JCI members take action to create positive change.
Each Local Organization is affiliated to a JCI National Organization that coordinates activities on a national scale. The National Organizations are organized in four geographic regions: Africa and the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, the Americas and Europe.
The JCI Board of Directors and World Headquarters Team serve the global JCI community.
This global network connects JCI members from around the world, empowering them to run international projects, exchange ideas and work together to develop new ways to create positive change in their communities.
JCI has established National Organizations in over 100 countries and Local Organizations in over 5,000 communities, creating a framework for positive change. See where we are around the world.
As an international non-governmental organization (NGO) with active participation in the UN system, JCI’s international partners include big names in global development, capacity building and international cooperation. Our partnerships are based in mutual goals and a synergy with the JCI Mission and Values, creating the maximum impact to support the local work our members do every day.
Partner: United Nations
Focus: UN Millennium Development Goals (UN MDGs)
JCI has officially partnered with the UN since 1954. Through the years, these relationships have expanded to include various branches in the UN system as the two organizations collaborate to magnify their collective impact.
In 2003, JCI committed to advancing the UN Millennium Development Goals, a set of time-bound targets for poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women. JCI members organize thousands of projects every year committed to advancing the goals and using the UN MDGs as a framework.
At JCI’s many Leadership Summits, held in collaboration with the UN, delegates join with representatives from key partners to focus on a current issue and seek workable solutions for members to enact locally. Read more about the 2009 JCI Leadership Summit.
Partner: United Nations Global Compact
Focus: Corporate Sustainability
The United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to voluntarily align their operations and strategies with ten universally-accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of UN goals. Launched in 2000, it is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, with over 10,000 signatories in 145 countries, and Local Networks in over 100 countries. JCI partners with the UN Global Compact to educate small- and medium-sized enterprises on how to be responsible and profitable in a competitive global market.
Partner: International Chamber of Commerce-World Chambers Federation (ICC-WCF)
Focus: Global Economic Progress
The ICC is the voice of world business championing the global economy as a force for economic growth. Through our partnership with the ICC-WCF, JCI Local Organizations collaborate with local chambers of commerce to collaborate on projects to advance global economic progress and encourage entrepreneurship.
Partner: UN Foundation
Focus: Combating Malaria with JCI Nothing But Nets
Malaria is the leading killer of children in Africa, but this deadly disease can be prevented with the use of insecticide-treated bed nets. Through JCI Nothing But Nets, a campaign in partnership with the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets initiative, JCI members raise funds for the purchase and distribution of insecticide-treated nets and educate communities on their proper use.
Partner: UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
Focus: Youth Capacity Building
Since 1996, JCI has contributed to achieving UNESCO's goal of promoting cooperation among its 193 Member States and 6 Associate Members in the fields of education, science, culture and communication. JCI Local and National Organizations collaborate with UNESCO in many ways, including participating in the NGO International Conference and theme-specific collective and regional consultations.
Partner: Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
Focus: Child Health
JCI has worked with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) since 1994 to implement cooperation agreements focusing on children in JCI’s Latin American National Organizations. Enjoying international recognition as part of the United Nations system, PAHO serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization. PAHO supports JCI National Organizations in Latin America to implement projects related to MDG 4: reduce child mortality.
The JCI Mission
To provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.
The JCI Vision
To be the leading global network of young active citizens.
The JCI Values
Making a World of Difference
There is a limit to what governments are able to achieve in society. As responsible citizens in a globalized world, JCI members take on the challenges around them through local development initiatives. These tailored projects require members to use strategic planning and critical planning to craft creative solutions to the problems of their communities.
JCI members seek ways to live out our slogan, Be Better. We think critically about society’s greatest challenges and act on behalf of our communities to be part of the solution. We seek better solutions to build better communities, creating a better future.
The Original Active Citizens
As global citizens, we all have rights and responsibilities, as well as shared goals. Through active citizenship, we enact our sense of social responsibility to work towards these goals and benefit communities worldwide.
Our Founder, Henry Giessenbier, was the original active citizen. He took steps to engage young people in civic involvement in 1914, and JCI members worldwide have followed his lead ever since.
A Grassroots Movement with International Scope
In JCI, the action is local, but our principles and impact are global. Members understand that in a globalized world, their local actions echo across the globe. 5,000 JCI Local Organizations addressing problems in their communities are united in a global movement creating global impact.
One Year to Lead
With this principle at its core, the JCI structure offers leadership opportunities to new members each year. One year to shine. One year of impact. One year to lead.
Junior Chamber International (JCI) is a worldwide community of young active citizens ages 18-40 who share the belief that in order to create positive change, we must take collective action to improve ourselves and the world around us. Engaging in activities ranging from community development to international projects, members demonstrate their social responsibility and improve themselves through participation, leadership and action. The global citizens of JCI are committed to becoming better leaders to build better societies.
The Jaycees International (JCI) Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that is supported solely by voluntary contributions from JCI members and friends of the foundation who share a vision for a better world.
Together, these two entities are collectively referred to as JCI in this privacy statement. In the course of fulfilling its mission of supporting JCI members, National Organizations and Local Organizations, JCI collects personal information regarding the individuals it serves. JCI is committed to maintaining the privacy of these individuals.
JCI has adopted this privacy statement to affirm this commitment and to assure transparency in how it collects, retains and uses personal information.
What is personal information?
Personal information is information that identifies and describes a JCI member or other individual, including but not limited to name, contact information, date of birth and email address.
Why JCI collects personal information
When JCI may disclose personal information to others
JCI may disclose personal information about JCI members and other individuals to others as necessary to facilitate the purposes of JCI.
Further, at the direction of the JCI Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of the Jaycees International (JCI) Foundation, JCI may occasionally participate in special advertising and/or marketing initiatives that involve the release of personal information. JCI will notify affected JCI members about these initiatives and give them the opportunity to decline participation.
JCI may also disclose personal information when:
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Accuracy of personal information
JCI will take reasonable steps to ensure that personal information it retains is accurate. JCI will provide reasonable access to individuals seeking to confirm or correct their personal information.