We are a membership-based nonprofit organization of 200,000 young people ages 18 to 40 in 5,000 communities and more than 100 countries around the world. 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.
The JCI Values
- 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 best be 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.
The JCI Mission
To provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.
The JCI Vision
To be the leading global network of young active citizens.
Making a World of Difference
There is a limit to what governments are able to achieve in society. As responsible citizens in a globalized world, JCI members take on the challenges around them through local development initiatives. These tailored projects require members to use strategic planning and critical planning to craft creative solutions to the problems of their communities.
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.
The Original Active Citizens
As global citizens, we all have rights and responsibilities, as well as shared goals. Through active citizenship, we enact our sense of social responsibility to work towards these goals and benefit communities worldwide.
Our Founder, Henry Giessenbier, was the original active citizen. He took steps to engage young people in civic involvement in 1914, and JCI Members worldwide have followed his lead ever since.
A Grassroots Movement with International Scope
In JCI, the action is local, but our principles and impact are global. Members understand that in a globalized world, their local actions echo across the globe. 5,000 JCI Local Organizations addressing problems in their communities are united in a global movement creating global impact.
One Year to Lead
With this principle at its core, the JCI structure offers leadership opportunities to new members each year. One year to shine. One year of impact. One year to lead.
As an international non-governmental organization (NGO) with active participation in the UN system, JCIs 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.
Active Citizen Framework
Today’s global challenges require innovative and creative solutions. JCI empowers young people to become active citizens, take responsibility for global challenges in their community and identify targeted, sustainable solutions. Motivated by the passion to transform their community and the world, JCI members have the courage to address the most critical challenges of our time.
Designed to address all types of community challenges, the Active Citizen Framework outlines a methodology for conducting grassroots projects, building sustainable solutions that address a community’s most urgent need. Together, these grassroots projects from around the world create global change.
The Global Goals for Sustainable Development, 17 GOALS
JCI has officially partnered with the UN since 1954. Through the years, these relationships have expanded to include various branches in the UN system as the two organizations collaborate to magnify their collective impact.
In September 2015, more than 150 world leaders gathered at the United Nations to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals. During the 2015 JCI World Congress in Kanazawa, Japan, nearly 120 JCI National Organizations signed the Kanazawa Declaration, committing the organization to advancing the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
These 17 goals aim to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice and combat climate change by 2030. Dedicated to advancing these 17 goals and building a world where everlasting peace is a reality, JCI members identify the goals most relevant to their communities, take action, engage stakeholders and implement projects that provide sustainable solutions to the greatest challenges of our time. With each local project advancing one or more of these goals, it is clear that these grassroots efforts to create positive change around the world are creating global impact and advancing these ambitious goals.
It will take the collaborative effort of active citizens from all sectors of society around the world to end extreme poverty, inequalities and climate change by 2030. By taking the responsibility to advance the Global Goals, JCI members are leading their communities to create the change they want to see in the world.