Junior Chamber International is at its core a local organization founded in 1915 by Henry Giessenbier Jr. in St. Louis, United States of America. It became international in 1944, under the name of JCI, after the meeting of delegates from eight countries in Mexico City.
JCI managed to bring together people from different countries, whose actions were based on the principle of active citizenship – involvement of the citizens in changing society for the better. Over time, the organization was made up of well-known political leaders – two UN general secretaries, several State presidents, heads of governments and ministers.
JCI is campaigning for active involvement of young people in the economic, political and social life of their community. The profile of JCI members includes entrepreneurs, liberal professions, managers, civil servants, teachers, leaders of other NGOs etc., usually people who are dedicated to self-improvement and want to change for the better the society they live in.