JUNIOR CHAMBER INTERNATIONAL (JCI)
JCI is a membership-based non-profit organization of young Active Citizens aged between 18 to 40, and present in more than 100 countries who are dedicated to creating positive change.
As global Active Citizens, we all have social responsibility and work towards goals that benefit communities worldwide. JCI members embrace new ideas, collaboration and diversity. Guided by the vision and initiative to transform their lives and the world, JCI members have the courage to address the great challenges of our time.
JCI MISSION, VISION & CREED
To provide development opportunities that empowers young people to create positive change.
To be the leading global network of young active citizens
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 be best 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.
Our global organization of nearly 200,000 young active citizens grew out of the vision of one man more than 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 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 bring community improvement and empower 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 is a membership-based non-profit organization of young active citizens aged between 18 to 40 in more than 100 countries who are dedicated to creating positive change. Each JCI member shares the belief that in order to create lasting positive change, we must improve ourselves and the world around us. JCI members take ownership of their communities by identifying problems and creating targeted solutions to create impact.
JCI AROUND THE WORLD
With around 5,000 JCI Local Organizations in more than 100 JCI National Organizations, JCI forms a vibrant global community of nearly 200,000 active citizens. All members belong to a JCI Local Organization where they focus on finding solutions to problems in their local community. Local Organizations are affiliated to National Organizations. This structure forms a global grassroots movement, empowering members to run international projects, exchange ideas and work together to develop new ways to create positive change in their communities.
Junior Chamber International Mauritius (JCI Mauritius) then known as Jeune Chambre Economique de Maurice (JCEM) was officially set up in 1980, operating as a French local chapter and won its affiliation with JCI at the 1984 World Congress in Montreal, Canada, with two chapters: Port Louis and Curepipe.
Since then two more chapters (Local Organisation Members or LOMs) have been affiliated, namely, Beau Bassin / Rose Hill and Quatre Bornes. In 2007, City Plus has been affiliated to JCI Mauritius. Today, with five local chapters affiliated, JCI Mauritius has around 150 members and is recognised at national and international levels as a model Non Governmental Organization (NGO).
Many members of JCI Mauritius have served at top positions within JCI – with Arnaud Godère as World President in 1994 and Marday Venkatasamy, Clairette Ah Hen, Henry Loo Chin Moy, Patrice Ferrière, Aruna Pulton, Ryad Subratty and Asha auckloo serving as JCI Officers at international level.
Building local, national and international networks, we draw on the experience of JCI alumni who have succeeded in the various facets of life and who provide assistance when required. Representing countless occupations and skills, we are creative, bold leaders who are developing new skills, laying new foundations, and establishing new friendships and networks.
We believe in the advancement of the global community and the creation of positive change by improving ourselves and the world around us. We meet at local, national, and international events to exchange ideas and share best practices. We also learn from dynamic speakers and trainers at interesting and active seminars and presentations. We are growing personally and professionally because we are learning by doing, actively organizing projects and activities that benefit our communities and ourselves.