JCI ( Junior Chamber International ) is a network of young active citizens who have one mission to create developmental opportunities to empower young people in their communities. With a membership of more than 200 000, in more 5000 local organizations in more than 100 countries.
JCI is a non-profit organization of young active citizens age 18 to 40 who are engaged and committed to creating impact in their communities. Active citizens are individuals invested in the future of our world. JCI gathers active citizens from all sectors of society. We develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to make informed decisions and take action.
JCI members take initiative to solve local challenges. More than a one-time donation or service opportunity, we focus on sustainable impact locally and globally. It only takes one active citizen to change the world. Be that active citizen today.
To provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.
To be the leading global network of young active citizens.
ABOUT JUNIOR CHAMBER INTERNATIONAL SOUTH AFRICA
The primary functions of the JCI SA national board are to support local chambers, represent the membership, act as the link between the international and local levels of jci, and put in place strategies to enable successful long term planning for the national organisation. The national president formulates a plan of impact for JCI SA for the year ahead which the wider national board team implements to help achieve these primary functions. Each national board team member is responsible for their own area with the plan of action, ensuring that they support and add value to the activities and objectives of each local president and the chambers they represent.
THE BOARD OF JUNIOR CHAMBER INTERNATIONAL SOUTH AFRICA
The primary functions of the JCI SA national board are to support local chambers, represent the membership, act as the link between the international and local levels of JCI, and put in place strategies to enable successful long term planning for the national organisation. The national president formulates a plan of impact for JCI SA for the year ahead which the wider national board team implements to help achieve these primary functions. Each national board team member is responsible for their own area with the plan of action, ensuring that they support and add value to the activities and objectives of each local president and the chambers they represent.
The national board also ensures that JCI SA continues to hold high quality national events & projects through the year that inspire, challenge and develop its members. These flagship events provide wonderful opportunities to bring members together to collaborate and share best practices, support each other with finding solutions to local challenges, meet old friends and make new ones, and also celebrate success whilst having plenty of fun doing so.
The national board team actively travels around the country to work with and support JCI SA local chambers, participating in their events, provide training, and liaising with local members in order to update them on the strategic initiatives being put in place whilst also gaining important feedback and ideas that can be implemented in the future.
ACTIVITIES AND PROJECTS IN 4 OPPORTUNITY AREAS
To provide the opportunity for the Individual Member to realize his or her personal potential through training programs.
Through various leadership training programs, members develop valuable skills such as goal setting, time-management, public speaking, parliamentary procedures, protocol, etc., thereby equipping them with necessary techniques to become future leaders of the community.
The aim of the Individual Development area is to promote personal and professional growth via relevant experience. This includes trainings with leading experts, networking opportunities and hands-on learning providing tangible skills.
Members may be mentored with our official Leading for Growth mentoring plan, but are actively encouraged to get involved and lead projects or teach others so as to fully develop their skill set.
To provide the opportunity for members to contribute to the development of the economic infrastructure, prosperity and well-being of all nations.
Members can pursue personal business interests through the National Business Network as well as worldwide international networking activities.
Our mission is to actively promote a skills development focussed start-up ecosystem for young entrepreneurs by offering events, trainings and partnerships with key players.
The goal is to inspire and empower young entrepreneurs and give them the skills to succeed long-term in the pursuit of their ventures. Most of all, we want to provide the opportunities to network and meet the key people to reinforce their success.
To develop the sensitivity of the Individual Member to societal problems and knowledge of community dynamics in solving these problems through actual experience.
Through various community development programs, members identify social needs and issues and develop projects to improve the well-being of the community. Awareness and sensitivity to community problems are thus enhanced.
To provide the opportunity for the Individual Member to contribute to the development of goodwill, understanding, and cooperation among all peoples.
We are a global network of 200,000 young leaders and active citizens around the globe. This means JCI offers many opportunities throughout the year to attend international events, conferences, partnership summits and connect with other like minded young-leaders around the world.
JUNIOR CHAMBER INTERNATIONAL CREED
WE BELIEVE: 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 MEAN 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?
ABOUT THE JUNIOR CHAMBER INTERNATIONAL
As global citizens, we all have rights and responsibilities, as well as shared goals. Through active citizenship, we encourage young people to take responsibility for the local issues, and find targeted, sustainable solutions that benefit our communities and the world. JCI members embrace new ideas, collaboration and diversity. Guided by the passion to transform their lives and the world, JCI members have the courage to address the critical challenges of our time. JCI Around the World with around 5,000 JCI Local Organizations in more than 100 nations, 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 issues in their community. The collective action of all JCI Local Organizations forms a global grassroots movement, empowering members to run effective projects, exchange ideas and work together to develop new ways to improve their communities and the world.
As active citizens, JCI members are not just focused on charity or service to the community. Active citizenship is about creating sustainable impact. Through active citizenship, we encourage young people to take responsibility for local issues, and find targeted, sustainable solutions that benefit our communities and the world. Guided by the passion to lead the world in a new direction, JCI members have the courage to address the critical challenges of our time. Solutions to these challenges can only be reached by involving all sectors of society. JCI will be the driving force to unite government, businesses and the civil sector to collaborate for impact
Sustainable impact is achieved through collective action of active citizens across local communities. Designed to address all types of community issues, JCI members are guided by the JCI Active Citizen Framework, which provides a methodology for conducting impactful projects. The process consists of assessing community needs, formulating sustainable solutions and evaluating results to ensure sustainability. Community partners, business owners and government officials are engaged throughout each step of the process. The collaborative ownership of challenges and solutions by all community stakeholders is what produces sustainable impact.
JCI’s founder Henry Giessenbier, Jr. decided to take responsibility for the progress of his community when he established JCI’s first Local Organization in St. Louis, USA in 1915. When delegates from eight countries met in Mexico City in 1944, they agreed it was time to officially form Junior Chamber International (JCI). This tradition of uniting young active citizens across cultures, backgrounds and borders fuelled the JCI movement and set the groundwork for taking action to create a better world.
BENEFIT FOR MEMBERSHIP
Who can join?
Membership is open to everyone between 18-40 years old who is interested in being part of an active network.
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
11 things you’ll do as a member of JCI South Africa:
You’ll broaden your network of contacts
You get the chance to give back to your community through taking part in JCI projects
You’ll go to seminars you never would get access to if it wasn’t for JCI
By practice, you’ll develop your leadership and management skills
Get a chance to practice public speaking and debating in a safe environment
Meet people from all over the world at JCI’s conferences
Discover your potential and what makes you tick
Expose yourself for new challenges
Have fun and meet new people
Get a great dose of positive energy
You’ll get heavily discounted training and personal development opportunities.
Who are our members?
Our membership is very diverse – from start-up entrepreneurs to people working in blue-chip companies, non-profit organisations and charities. JCI members come from all walks of life, and from all around the world. But they are united in one common aim: to challenge and develop themselves.
If you are not yet a member…
Come along to an event where you live or join for any of the bigger events. JCI SA always welcomes new members.