Junior Chamber International
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (February 2012)|
|Type||Service / NGO|
|Founded||December 11, 1944|
|Founder(s)||Henry Giessenbier, Jr.|
|Origins||St. Louis, Missouri, United States|
|Key people||Shine Bhaskaran (2014 President)
Dennis Lacson Cunanan (Secretary General)
|Focus(es)||The JCI Mission: To provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.|
|Members||nearly 200,000 young active citizens worldwide|
Junior Chamber International (JCI) is one of the biggest worldwide non-political and non-sectarian youth service organizations. It is an international community of citizens between the ages of 18 to 40 with the aim and purpose of creating positive change in the world. The organization believes that these changes must result from one taking "collective action to improve themselves and the world around them." While containing a religious element in their official creed, JCI neither promotes nor engages in any religious activities.
- 1 Philosophy
- 2 History
- 3 Structure and organization
- 4 International Events
- 5 Programs With Partners
- 5.1 United Nations and the UN Millennium Development Goals
- 5.2 Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility with the UN Global Compact
- 5.3 International Chamber of Commerce and Global Economic Progress
- 5.4 Combating Malaria with the UN Foundation and JCI Nothing But Nets
- 5.5 Pan American Health Organization and Child Health
- 5.6 Encouraging Innovation with Flanders District of Creativity
- 6 JCI Programs
- 7 JCI National Organisations
- 8 Alumni
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The JCI Mission
The JCI Vision
The JCI Values
That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life;And that service to humanity is the best work of 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;
From the YMPCA
The Young Men's Progressive Civic Association (YMPCA) was formed on October 13, 1915. The YMPCA grew to membership of 750 in less than five months.
1916 saw a name change, with the YMPCA becoming the 'Junior Citizens', colloquially 'JCs' or 'Jaycees'. The St. Louis Junior Chamber of Commerce asked them to adopt the name 'Junior Chamber of Commerce', which was done.
After World War I the organization contacted similar groups in the United States. A pamphlet describing the 'St. Louis Plan' was sent in response to questions regarding the group and invitations were issued for a caucus. When the proceedings opened in St. Louis on January 21, 1920 with 30 cities represented. A provisional constitution was adopted until a convention could be held in June. With the adoption of a provisional constitution until a convention could be held in June, and the election of officers, the national Junior Chamber movement was born. Henry Giessenbier won election as provisional president of the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce (USJCC) by acclamation, and was joined by other officers from St. Louis; El Paso and Dallas Texas; Terre Haute, Indiana; and Springfield, Massachusetts. The 'United States Junior Chamber of Commerce' was established with 29 clubs from around the nation.
In 1923 the Winnipeg Junior Chamber was formed. The unofficial motto of the Winnipeg Junior Chamber, the first in Canada, has long been "We put the I, in JCI". Other Canadian chapters soon followed.
On May 14, 1925 Lincoln Junior Chamber JCI UK was formed. A Birmingham branch was formed in 1927, followed the same year by a Sheffield branch and by a Nottingham branch in early 1928.
By the time officials from the U.S. Junior Chamber visited England in 1928, there were already eleven functioning chambers. In 1929, Douglas Jelley, President of 'Northampton Jaycees' visited the United States for the first time, which was followed by a visit by a delegation of three Sheffield Members led by W.G. Ibberson to the annual convention of the U.S. Junior Chamber in Brooklyn in 1930.
The first formal attempts to form an international organization came at the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1932 when an International Executive Committee was formed. However the U.S Junior Chamber was not sure whether this was a separate organization or one of their own committees. The U.S. Junior Chamber official history does not record that the group evolved into anything more than a loose grouping of member nations with the U.S., Canada, England, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia and Colombia. In 1936, at the national conference in Liverpool representatives from several countries determined to form an International Junior Chamber, but this appears to have been overlooked when JCI was eventually formed.
In 1940, a resolution was passed by JCI USA approving a program to further mutual interests among countries in Central and South America. This led to the establishment of JCI organizations in Mexico City, Guatemala City, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama City in 1943.
A meeting took place in Mexico City in December 1944 which was billed as an Inter-America Meeting at which representatives of the U.S.A. and seven Latin American countries attended and it was at this meeting that the decision to form Junior Chamber International (JCI) was taken. It was resolved to hold a further meeting in Panama City in 1946.
In 1944, the first international conference was held in Mexico City. Raul Garcia Vidal of Mexico was elected JCI's first President. The countries that originally formed JCI were Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and the United States of America.
First JCI World Congress
Junior Chamber International would come into formal being at the First World Congress in Panama at the end of February in 1946. It was attended by 44 delegates from 16 different countries. Presided over by Erasmo Chambonnet of Panama, since JCI President Raul Garcia Vidal was ill and unable to attend, the delegates approved a temporary Constitution and set for themselves a list of purposeful resolutions which all in attendance agreed to follow.
Erasmo Chambonnet of Panama was elected the second JCI President at that JCI Congress, and Australia and Canada were officially affiliated.
In 1948, the JCI Creed was officially adopted at the IV JCI World Congress in Rio de Janeiro, and in 1952 a permanent JCI Headquarters was established. In 2002, after more than 30 years in Coral Gables, Florida, the JCI Headquarters moved to Chesterfield, Missouri.
Over the years, the organization developed and became known as "Junior Chamber," "Junior Chamber of Commerce," "Jaycees International," and their multiple translations in various languages. Since 2004, however, JCI organizations worldwide are incorporating "JCI" in their names.
Structure and organization
Today the JCI Structure is standardized, yet varies from country to country. This is because each JCI National Organization has different ties to their local government and Chambers of Commerce, giving them different benefits and requirements to which they must adhere. The following is the general structure of the organization overall and within each nation in which it operates:
- JCI World Headquarters - Located in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, the World Headquarters employes approximately 20 individuals who coordinate the activities of JCI in each member nation, manage the overall organizational finances and provide resources and tools to members to help improve projects on a local and national level.
- Area - To better organize the activities of members and provide greater opportunities for regional collaboration, JCI recognizes four major areas: Africa and the Middle East, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific and Europe. Each Area conducts its own Conference each year, uniting members to network and discuss important regional issues.
- JCI National Organization - Every country affiliated with the international JCI organization operates a JCI National Organization to coordinate the activities of the regional, state and or JCI Local Organizations. The National Organization manages international relationships, national conventions, national finances and programs across Local Organizations.
- JCI Regional/State Organizations - Used in the United States, Germany, Denmark and a few other National Organizations, Regional/State Organizations identify a district group and help to better organize events, activities and projects.
- JCI Local Organizations - The grassroots level of JCI, every JCI member belongs to a Local Organization that is charged with conducting activities and projects in the local community. JCI has more than 5,000 JCI Local Organizations in more than 100 JCI National Organizations and works to find creative solutions to problems at the local, national and international level through the combined efforts of its members.
JCI World Congress
Every year in November, JCI hosts the 'JCI World Congress,' an international meeting when every JCI National Organization comes together for training, events and to cast their vote for the changes to be made the following year.
- The 69th JCI World Congress - Leipzig, Germany. November 24–29, 2014
- The 68th JCI World Congress - Rio, Brazil. November 4–9, 2013
- The 67th JCI World Congress - Taipei, Taiwan. November 20–24, 2012
- The 66th JCI World Congress - Brussels, Belgium. November 1–5, 2011
- The 65th JCI World Congress - Osaka, Japan. November 2–7, 2010
- The 64th JCI World Congress - Hammamet, Tunisia. November 16–20, 2009
- The 63rd JCI World Congress - New Delhi, India, November 2008
- The 62nd JCI World Congress - Antalya, Turkey, November 2007
- The 61st JCI World Congress - Seoul, South Korea, November 2006
- The 60th JCI World Congress - Vienna, Austria, November 2005
- The 59th JCI World Congress - Fukuoka, Japan, November 2004
- The 58th JCI World Congress - Copenhagen, Denmark, November 2003
- The 57th JCI World Congress - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, November 2002
- The 56th JCI World Congress - Barcelona, Catalonia, November 2001
- The 55th JCI World Congress - Sapporo, Japan, November 2000
- The 54th JCI World Congress - Cannes, France, November 1999
- The 53rd JCI World Congress - Manila, Philippines, November 1998
- The 52nd JCI World Congress - Honolulu, Hawaii, United States, November 1997
- The 51st JCI World Congress - Pusan, South Korea, November 1996
- The 50th JCI World Congress - Glasgow, Scotland, November 1995
JCI Area Conferences
Every year JCI hosts regional meetings known as 'JCI Area Conferences'. The conferences are intended to give each local and national organization of that area the opportunity to participate in training, conduct regional and global business and address global issues.
JCI Africa and the Middle East Conference
JCI Asia-Pacific Conference
JCI Conference of the Americas
JCI Global Partnership Summit
- At the 2003 JCI Summit at the United Nations, JCI took on responsibility to contribute to the efforts of the UN and presented a resolution supporting the UN Millennium Development Goals.
- At the 2004 JCI Summit JCI decided to focus on the promotion of MDG 1 and MDG 6 in Africa/Middle East, MDG 1 in Asia-Pacific, MDG 4 and MDG 8 in the Americas and MDG 8 in Europe.
- The 2008 JCI Leadership Summit in New York focussed on Corporate Social Responsibility and the United Nations Global Compact. The summit initiated cooperation on the subject with International Chamber of Commerce. Time was also devoted to Malaria No More.
- The 2009 JCI Leadership Summit was held at United Nations Office at Geneva (Switzerland) due to the renovation of the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
- The 2010 JCI Global Partnership Summit in New York took place from June 21 to 23. The summit featured appearances from many leaders, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Coca-Cola Vice President of Government Relations Afzal Malik, author Ted Sorensen, United Nations Foundation Nothing But Nets Campaign Director Adrianna Logalbo, Senior Advisor and National Advocate at the UN Foundation Gillian Sorensen and Professor Fred Dubee. The summit was chaired by JCI Japan member Hisanori Gomyo.
- The 2011 JCI Global Partnership Summit in New York took place from June 22 to 24. The summit highlighted strategic partnerships and how they can be implemented at the local level to face the critical challenges of the world through the framework of the UN MDGs. Sessions included activities on how to incorporate the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact into companies or organizations in the community. Speakers included Senior Advisor and National Advocate at the UN Foundation Gillian Sorensen, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact Office Georg Kell, Special Advisor to the UN Global Compact Professor Fred Dubee, Managing Partner of the Best Companies Partnership Wayne Clark and Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Martin Rendón. The summit was chaired by Toshinari Fujii.
- The 2012 JCI Global Partnership Summit in New York took place from July 25 to 27. Speakers included Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce Jean-Guy Carrier, UN Foundation Nothing But Nets Director Chris Helfrich, Global Policy Director at ONE Ben Leo, amongst others. The delegates of the 2012 JCI Global Partnership Summit reaffirmed that every JCI National Organization will take action to identify a need in its country within the framework of the UN MDGs and commit to at least one project to be launched simultaneously around the world on JCI Active Citizen Day, December 11, 2012.
- The 2013 JCI Global Partnership Summit in New York is July 24 to 26.
Programs With Partners
United Nations and the UN Millennium Development Goals
JCI has officially partnered with the United Nations since 1954. 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.
Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility with the UN Global Compact
The United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative, engages companies to align their operations and strategies with ten universally-accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. JCI partners with the UN Global Compact to teach small- and medium-sized enterprises how to be responsible and profitable in a competitive global market. To this end, JCI disseminates key UN Global Compact tools and resources, such as its Framework for Action: Social Enterprise & Impact Investing, which guides investors, corporations and policymakers on engaging with social enterprises to create financial, social and environmental returns.
International Chamber of Commerce and Global Economic Progress
The International Chamber of Commerce-World Chambers Federation (ICC-WCF) 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 work with local chambers of commerce on projects to advance global economic progress and encourage entrepreneurship, including the JCI Best Business Plan Competition (JCI BBP). Through JCI BBP young entrepreneurs are awarded for integrating the principles of social responsibility into their business plans.
Combating Malaria with the UN Foundation and 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 nets. Through JCI Nothing But Nets, a campaign in partnership with the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets initiative, JCI members work to purchase and distribute mosquito nets and educate families on their proper use.
Pan American Health Organization and Child Health
JCI has worked with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) since 1994 to implement cooperation agreements focusing on children in 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.
Encouraging Innovation with Flanders District of Creativity
The JCI Creative Young Entrepreneur Award (JCI CYEA), run in partnership with Flanders District of Creativity, recognizes outstanding young individuals who have started a business using creativity or have improved an existing business through innovative problem solving. Highlighting these young innovators inspires JCI members to strive for creativity in their endeavors and prove how creative concepts can translate into practical business solutions.
The JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP)
JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons (JCI TOYP) of the World program is intended to formally recognize young people who excel in their chosen fields and thus exemplify the best attributes of the world's young people. See a List of The Outstanding Young Persons of the World.
Providing development opportunities that empower young people is an essential part of the JCI Mission. JCI Training provides opportunities for JCI members to improve themselves and use those skills to improve the world around them.
The JCI World Public Speaking Championship
The JCI World Public Speaking Championship offers JCI’s members opportunities to exercise and showcase their abilities and to share their ideas on local, national or global issues.
National Public Speaking contest winners compete at the JCI Area Conferences. The winners from each of the JCI Area Conferences then represents their Area in the final round of the JCI World Public Speaking Championship at the JCI World Congress in November.
Topics are locally, nationally or regionally relevant, dependent on what level of competition is taking place. The 2012 topic for the finals is "Cultural diversity is a strength rather than a weakeness."
The JCI World Debating Championship
JCI World Debating Championship is a tournament with teams of three members. A team normally represents a single NOM. The World Championship has three separate classes; English, French and Spanish. The Area Conference championships are formally separate from The World Championship. The European Conference championship has three classes; English, French and German.
The JCI Twinning Program formally links two or more JCI Local Organizations who are interested in collaborating. Twinning leverages the JCI global network to gain a deeper understanding of international cooperation.
JCI National Organisations
- JCI Australia
- JCI Bangladesh
- JCI Belgium
- JCI Brazil
- JCI Canada
- JCI Catalonia
- JCI Colombia
- JCI Cyprus
- JCI Denmark
- JCI Dutch Caribbean
- JCI Estonia
- JCI Finland
- JCEF France
- JCI Germany - Wirtschaftsjunioren Deutschland
- JCI Honduras
- JCI Hong Kong
- JCI Hungary
- JCI India
- JCI Indonesia
- JCI Lithuania
- JCI Luxembourg
- JCI Malaysia
- JCI Maldives
- JCI Malta
- JCI Monaco
- JCI Netherlands
- JCI Nepal
- JCI Nigeria
- JCI Norway
- JCI Peru
- JCI Philippines
- JCI Portugal
- JCI Romania
- JCI Russia
- JCI Singapore
- JCI Scotland
- JCI Slovakia
- JCI Sri Lanka
- JCI Turkey
- JCI UK
- JCI Ukraine
- JCI USA
- JCI Uruguay
- JCI Zimbabwe
- JCI Latvia
- John F. Kennedy
- Jacques Chirac
- Olivier Giscard d'Estaing
- Bill Clinton
- Al Gore
- Albert II, Prince of Monaco
- Kofi Annan
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