Junior Chamber International

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Junior Chamber International
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Founded 13 October 1915; 101 years ago (1915-10-13)
Founder Henry Giessenbier
Type NGO
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
World President
Dawn Hetzel (2017)
Secretary General
Arrey L. Obenson
Slogan Be Better
Mission To provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.
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 active citizens and to participate in efforts towards social and economic development, and international co-operation, good-will and understanding.[1] Its members are called JCI Members. 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]

From within the walls of the soul of this organization wherein the foundation of character and good citizenship are laid, I hope a message will come in the sometime of tomorrow that will stir the people towards the establishment of a permanent and everlasting world peace. - Henry Giessenbier (1892-1935).[4]


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]

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  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. 
  4. ^ http://www.jciindia.in