A global organisation, of nearly 200,000 young active citizens, which 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 Organisation, in St. Louis, USA, in 1915. The members of the first Local Organisation dedicated themselves to bring community improvement and empower young people to create positive change.

JCI is a membership-based non-profit organisation of young active citizens, aged between 18 to 40, of 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.

With around 5,000 JCI Local Organisations in more than 100 JCI National Organisations, JCI forms a vibrant global community of nearly 200,000 active citizens. All members belong to a JCI Local Organisation where they focus on finding solutions to problems in their local community. Local Organisations are affiliated to National Organisations. 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.

Visit www.jci.cc to learn how young people are working to create positive change. 

JCI Mission

To provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.

JCI Vision

To be the leading global network of young active citizens.

JCI Creed

We believe that:

Faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life

The brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations

Economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise

Government should be of laws rather than of men

Earth’s great treasure lies in human personality

Service to humanity is the best work of life


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: JCI Port Louis and JCI Curepipe.

Since then three more chapters have been affiliated, namely, JCI Beau-Bassin / Rose-Hill, JCI Quatre-Bornes and JCI City Plus. Today, with five local chapters affiliated, JCI Mauritius has around 200 members and is recognised at national and international levels as a model Non-Governmental Organisation (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 currently Asha Auckloo serving as JCI Officers at international level.

JCI Port Louis also has members like Mr. Philip Ah Chuen and Mr. Michel de Spéville.

Building local, national and international networks, we draw on the experience of JCI former members 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.