About JCI

JCI (Junior Chamber International) is a membership-based non-profit organization of 200,000 young people in their 20s and 30s in 5,000 communities and more than 115 countries around the world.

Each JCI Member shares the belief that in order to create lasting positive change, we must improve ourselves and the world around us.

JCI today seeks targeted solutions to unique problems in communities around the world, creating, in the process, a better society and global impact.

JCI grew out of a visionary from St. Louis, 100 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 mission is:

“To provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.”

The JCI vision is:

“To be the leading global network of young active citizens.”

The JCI Values are:

“That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life
That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations
That economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise
That government should be of laws rather than of men
That earth’s great treasure lies in human personality
And that service to humanity is the best work of life.”