Welcome to the world of Junior Chamber International……
The only largest youth organization with leadership development as vision is Junior Chamber International. Founded by Henry Giessenbier in 1915 at St. Louis Missouri, USA, the movement entered India through Calcutta chapter in the year 1949 by a Philippine Jaycee Sequndamapa. As the Mission Statement says, “To contribute to the advancement of global community, by providing the opportunity for young people to develop the leadership skills, entrepreneurship, social responsibility and fellowship necessary to create a +ve change”.
The Opportunities available within JCI are framed with a broad perspective as to cater to the particular needs of each member. The five basic areas of opportunity offered under the heading as;
The Management area provides opportunity for the development of managerial skills through learning LOM Management. It deals with finance records, recognition, membership growth, marketing and public relations.
Opportunities for personal development are offered under the individual development area. Trainings and seminars such as leadership in action. Personal dynamics, Effective communications, Goal Setting etc. help members to speak effectively.
The Community area opportunity gives the member a chance to work for his community. The member surveys the need of the community and organises projects to cater to those needs.
This area will provide for members to contribute to the development of economic infrastructure.
Through this area members can derive an awareness of what is happening in other parts of the world.
As the member work on these projects in each area they encounter opportunities for total development. Depending upon the amount of effort, time and energy that a member is prepared to contribute towards the organization, will give the result.
Almost a century ago, 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 the Young Men’s Progressive Civic Association, JCIâ€™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 giving young people a constructive approach to civic problems.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 set the groundwork to create positive change that transcends boundaries.
JCI World Headquarters:
The JCI World Headquarters is located in Chesterfield, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A., where the first local organization was founded. A professional staff of full-time employees provides services to JCI members.
JCI is an international Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with active participation in the United Nations (UN) system. In this context, JCI has relations with the Office of the UN Secretary General (Secretariat) and a Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).JCI has cooperation agreements with the UN Global Compact; the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); the Pan American Health Organization; the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (CONGO); the NGO Committee on UNICEF; the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and World Chambers Federation; the Council of Europe; AIESEC International; and Goal4Africa.