Origin and History of Junior Chamber International Victoria

Junior Chamber International Victoria (JCIV), founded in 1950, is a non-profit making organization dedicated to developing leadership potentials among young people. JCIV is the most senior one of the 20 chapters affiliated to Junior Chamber International (Hong Kong)/ JCIHK, which is affiliated to Junior Chamber International (JCI).
The organization represents a network of highly-motivated and forward-looking young people between the ages of 18 and 40 who come together to under a common mission: “To provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.”
Since its establishment in 1950, Victoria Junior Chamber has proactively responded to challenges in the community, helping to generate awareness on important social and economic issues which impact our daily lives. The organization’s objectives are carried out through the “four areas of opportunities”, namely individual; community; international and business.

The JCI Vision
To be the leading global network of young active citizens.

The JCI Values
That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life;
That the brother 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.

Our Philosophy
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.

Be Better
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.