Junior Chamber International (JCI) is a worldwide non-profit association of young people between the ages of 21 and 40. Founded in America in the year 1915 with only 32 young men, JCI has grown to over 200,000 members in more than 100 countries around the world today. JCI Singapore is one of the National Organizations affiliated to JCI and has 5 Chapters in Singapore.
To provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.
To be the leading global network of young active citizens.
History of JCI:
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, 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 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.