The US Jaycees provide young people between the ages of 18 and 40 the tools they need to build the bridges of success for themselves in the areas of business development, management skills, individual training, community service, and international connections. Since it's inception in 1920, the Jaycees have grown into an international organization with local chapters in 104 nations and territories worldwide.
For the past 96 years, Jaycees have been involved with all manner of charitable projects in America and around the world. Jaycees helped establish the first AirMail services in America under the leadership of Jaycee member Charles Lindbergh, and local Jaycee chapters have raised millions of dollars for causes such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the March of Dimes. Jaycee chapters have built parks, playgrounds, hospitals, ball fields, and housing for the elderly while conducting service and support programs in thousands of communities nationwide.
Current and former Jaycee members can be found in all walks of life: governmental leaders such as past Presidents Bill Clinton and Gerald Ford, business tycoons such as Domino’s Pizza mogul Tom Monaghan, registered nurse and former Miss America Kaye Lani Rae Rafko-Wilson, and sports heroes like basketball great Larry Bird.
With the current focus of the nation on volunteerism, from the smallest towns to the largest cities, Jaycees are active in creating new areas of opportunity for young people.
The Washington Jaycees, together with the United States Junior Chamber, is a member chapter of Junior Chamber International (JCI).
JCI is a worldwide federation of young leaders and entrepreneurs, an organization in which leaders meet,learn and grow. JCI's mission is to be a highly recognized worldwide source of successful young business, political and social leaders… the voice of young leaders and entrepreneurs in the world. Since JCI's inception with the first international chapters in Canada and England in the 1920's, JCI has grown to nearly a quarter of a million members and millions of alumni in over 100 nations and territories worldwide.