Junior Chamber International

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Junior Chamber International
JCI logo
Founded October 13, 1915 (1915-10-13)
Founder Henry Giessenbier
Type NGO
Focus Provide development opportunities for young citizens to create positive change.
Coordinates 38°39′20″N 90°33′24″W / 38.6555556°N 90.5566667°W / 38.6555556; -90.5566667Coordinates: 38°39′20″N 90°33′24″W / 38.6555556°N 90.5566667°W / 38.6555556; -90.5566667
Origins United States
Area served
Method Community service
Paschal Dike (2016)
Secretary General
Arrey L. Obenson
Slogan Be Better
Website www.jci.cc
JCI world headquarters

Junior Chamber International (JCI) is a non-profit international non-governmental organization[1] of young people between 18 and 40 years old.[2] It has members in about 124 countries, and regional or national organizations in many of them. It has consultative status with the Council of Europe, with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and with UNESCO. It was founded in St Louis in 1915. It encourages young people to become responsible citizens and to participate in efforts towards social and economic development, and international co-operation, good-will and understanding.[1] Its members are called Jaycees (from JC's).

It publishes JCI World, a quarterly magazine, in six languages.[1] It holds an annual conference, the JCI World Congress, in November of each year,[citation needed] and regional annual meetings, the JCI Area Conferences.[3]

JCI Senate[edit]

Some members of JCI are given life membership of the organization, and become "senators".[citation needed] The JCI Senate was founded in 1952 in Melbourne, Australia; most countries with a Junior Chamber International also have an affiliated JCI Senate organization.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Jaycees International", in Edward Lawson, Mary Lou Bertucci (1996). Encyclopedia of human rights, second edition. Washington, DC: Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9781560323624. p. 911.
  2. ^ "Welcome to JCI - Young Active Citizens Creating Positive Change". Junior Chamber International. Retrieved 2010-08-15. 
  3. ^ John Clark (1995). A Legacy of Leadership: The U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce. p. 224. ISBN 0964545608.