JCI at a Glance
JCI is a worldwide community of young active citizens ages 18-40 who share the belief that in order to create positive change, we must take collective action to improve ourselves and the world around us. Engaging in activities ranging from community development to international projects, members demonstrate their social responsibility and improve themselves through participation, leadership and action.
Our global organization of 200,000 young active citizens grew out of the vision of one St. Louisan more than 90 years ago as a constructive approach to civic problems. Founded in 1915 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA by Henry Giessenbier, the movement spread, and Junior Chamber International was founded with eight other countries in 1944.
Each member belongs to a JCI Local Organization within a city, town or village. It’s here on the local level where JCI members take action to create positive change. Each Local Organization is affiliated to a JCI National Organization that coordinates activities on a national scale. The National Organizations are organized in four geographic regions: Africa and the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, the Americas and Europe. The JCI Board of Directors and World Headquarters Team serve the global JCI community. This global network connects JCI members from around the world, empowering them to run international projects, exchange ideas and work together to develop new World.