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Junior Chamber International
JCI logo
Founders Henry Giessenbier, Jr.
Type Service / NGO
Founded December 11, 1944
Headquarters Chesterfield, Missouri, USA
Origins St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Staff World President Jun Sup Shin
Secretary General Edson A. Kodama
Area served Worldwide
Focus Individual, Community, International, Business
Method Community service
Members 200,000
Motto Be Better
Website www.jci.cc

Junior Chamber International (JCI) is an international community of citizens between the ages of 18 to 40 with the aim and purpose of creating positive changes in the world. The organization believes that these changes must result from one taking "collective action to improve themselves and the world around them."





To be the leading global network of young active citizens[1].


To provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change[2].

Values (The JCI Creed)

We believe[2]:
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.


From the YMPCA

The Young Men's Progressive Civic Association (YMPCA) was formed in October 13, 1915[2]. 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.

On May 14, 1925 Lincoln Junior Chamber JCI UK was formed, thought to be the first Junior Chamber outside the United States. 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.

The 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 National Organization has different ties to their local government and Chambers of Commerce, giving them different benefits and requirements they must adhere to. This is the schema, usually applied

  • LOM - Local Organization of Members, is a local "Chapter" in a town or area with around 20-50 members. It is usually an own legal entity like an association and has its own characteristics based on the personalities that make out this group of young people
  • ROM - Regional Organization of Members, is used in USA, Germany, and a few others to identify a district group within a NOM.
  • NOM - National Organization of Members, basically JCI at a country level. Much is coordinated at this level, especially international relationships, national congresses and international benefits for members at the LOM-level.
  • Area - each area organizes its own events
  • Worldwide - the global chamber


Area Conferences

Every year JCI hosts regional meetings (known as 'Area Conferences'). They 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[2].

2009 Area Conferences

  • Africa and the Middle East - Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire Held from May 20–23, 2009
  • Asia and Pacific - Nagano, Japan Held from June 4–7, 2009
  • The Americas - San Juan, Puerto Rico Held from May 6–9, 2009
  • European - Budapest, Hungary Held from June 10–14, 2009

2010 Area Conferences

  • Africa and the Middle East - Abuja, Nigeria. May 12–15, 2010
  • Asia and Pacific - Singapore. June 3–6, 2010
  • The Americas - Rosario, Argentina. April 21–24, 2010
  • European - Aarhus, Denmark. June 9–12, 2010

World Congress

Every year in November JCI host the 'JCI World Congress'. This is an international meeting when every national organization from the four areas come together for training, events and to cast their vote for the changes to be made the following year.

The 64th World Congress was hosted by JCI Tunisia in Hammamet, Tunisia from November 16, 2009 for five days. At this meeting the national organizations casted their votes towards the election for 2009. The 65th JCI World Congress will be held in Osaka, Japan, November 2–7, 2010; and the 66th JCI World Congress will be hosted in Brussels, Belgium from October 31, 2011.

JCI UN Summit

In the 2003 JCI Summit at the UN, JCI took over the responsibility to contribute to the efforts of the UN and presented a resolution supporting the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

In the 2004 Summit JCI decided to focus on the promotion of the MDGs 1 and 6 in Africa/Middle East, MDG 1 in Asia/Pacific, MDGs 4 and 8 in the Americas and MDG 8 in Europe.

The 2008 UN Leadship Summit in New York focussed on Corporate Social Responsibility and the UN Global Compact. The summit initiated cooperation on the subject with International Chamber of Commerce. Also some time was devoted to Malaria No More.

In 2009 the JCI Leadership Summit was held in Geneva, Switzerland due to the renovation of the UN Building in New York.


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.


The JCI Creative Young Entrepreneur Award (JCI CYEA) is a new international award which was designed specifically to recognize outstanding young entrepreneurs. This award is administered by JCI in partnership with Flanders District of Creativity. This award attempts to recognise exceptional young entrepreneurs and the role of creativity in their success.


The JCI Best Business Plan (JCI BBP) Competition runs annually on a local level. Business plans are submitted, and the best is chosen by a panel of judges.

JCI World Public Speaking Championship

The JCI World Public Speaking Championship takes one candidate per NOM for its Area Conference championships. The winner at each Area Conference goes to the world final at the JCI World Congress. Candidates may speak in any of the JCI correspondent languages; English, French, Spanish, or Japanese.

JCI World Debating Championship

The 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.


  1. ^ "JCI - Worldwide Federation of Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs". Junior Chamber International. http://www.jci.cc. Retrieved 2008-10-05.  
  2. ^ a b c d Clark, John (1995). A Legacy of Leadership:The U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce. p. 224. ISBN 0964545608.  

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