Each JCI Member shares the belief that in order to create lasting positive change, we must improve ourselves and the world around us.
We seek targeted solutions to the unique problems in our communities to build a better world, creating global impact.
Mission: To provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.
Vision: To be the leading global network of young active citizens.
Slogan: JCI Members seek ways to live out our slogan, Be Better. We think critically about society’s greatest challenges and act on behalf of our communities to be part of the solution. We seek better solutions to build better communities, creating a better future.
JCI History: Our global organization of 200,000 young active citizens was founded in 1915 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA by Henry Giessenbier. It is a non-profit international non-governmental organization with members in about 124 countries, and operates under regional or national organizations in many of them. JCI has consultative status with the Council of Europe, with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and with UNESCO.
International Cooperation: As an international non-governmental organization (NGO) with active participation in the UN system, JCI’s international partners include big names in global development, capacity building and international cooperation. Our partnerships are based in mutual goals and a synergy with the JCI Mission and Values, creating the maximum impact to support the local work our members do every day.
In 2003, JCI committed to advancing the UN Millennium Development Goals, a set of time-bound targets for poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women. JCI Members organize thousands of projects every year committed to advancing the goals and using the UN MDGs as a framework.