About JCI

jcimauritius-logoAbout JCI

JCI is a nonprofit organization of young active citizens aged 18 to 40 who are engaged and committed to creating impact in their communities. Active citizens are individuals invested in the future of our world.  JCI gathers active citizens from all sectors of society.

We develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to make informed decisions and take action. As globally minded young people, we all have rights, responsibilities and share goals. We find targeted solutions to local issues benefiting our communities, our world and our future. Embracing new ideas, collaboration and diversity, we have the passion and courage to address the critical challenges of our time.

JCI HISTORY

Our global organization of more than 200,000 young active citizens grew out of the vision of one man exactly 100 years ago as a constructive approach to civic problems. Henry Giessenbier, Jr. decided to take responsibility for the progress and welfare of his community by helping tackle difficult problems around him. Together with 32 other young men, Giessenbier established JCI’s first Local Organization, in St. Louis, USA, in 1915. The members of the first Local Organization dedicated themselves to bringing about community improvements and empowering young people to create positive change. By 1944, the movement had spread through eight countries. When delegates from these countries met in Mexico City at the Inter-American Conference that year, they agreed it was time to officially form Junior Chamber International. This deep-rooted tradition of bringing together active citizens from diverse backgrounds remains alive today in our international events. They fuel the JCI movement and lay the groundwork to create positive change that transcends boundaries

JCI Mission

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

JCI Vision

To be the leading global network of young active citizens.

JCI Values

  • 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.

2018 JCI President: Marc Brian Lim from the Philippines

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