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United States Junior Chamber

The United States Junior Chamber, also known as the Jaycees, JCs or JCI USA, is a leadership training and civic organization for people between the ages of 18 and 40.[1] It is a branch of Junior Chamber International (JCI).[2] Areas of emphasis are business development, management skills, individual training, community service, and international connections.[3] The U.S. Junior Chamber is a not-for-profit corporation/organization as described under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(4).

United States Junior Chamber
United States Junior Chamber logo.png
Founded January 21, 1920
Founder Henry Giessenbier
Type NGO
Fields Individual, Community, International, Business
Key people
President: Noelle Nachreiner
Executive Director: Krista Mallette

Established as the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce on January 21, 1920, it provided opportunities for young men to develop personal and leadership skills through service to others. The Jaycees later expanded to include women after the United States Supreme Court ruled in the 1984 case Roberts v. United States Jaycees that Minnesota could prohibit sex discrimination in private organizations. 1995 marked the final year of the U.S. Jaycee Women (also known as Jayceettes or Jayceens), an organization that lasted 10 years and at its convention in 1994 in Atlanta boasted 59,000 members.

At its membership peak in 1976, the U.S. Jaycees boasted a membership total of 356,000 men between the ages of 18 and 35. Rules were later changed to allow members to stay active until age 40.

In 1964 Jaycees of Dallas and Mississippi marched in counter-protest at the Piccadilly in Dallas against the NAACP and Clarence Broadnax. Broadnax was refused service at the Piccadilly Cafeteria in downtown Dallas and told that black people weren’t served at the Piccadilly. He then organized with the NAACP to protest the Piccadilly for 28 days. The Jaycees famously marched a street-wide Confederate flag down Commerce Street.[4]

Notable U.S. JayceesEdit


  1. ^ "The Jaycees". United States Junior Chamber. Retrieved 2017-04-24. 
  2. ^ "Welcome to JCI". Junior Chamber International. Retrieved 2017-04-24. 
  3. ^ John Clark (1995). A Legacy of Leadership: The U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce. p. 224. ISBN 0964545608. 
  4. ^ "Protesting at the Piccadilly: Dallas and the Civil Rights Movement". Yesterday's News. 2018-02-19. Retrieved 2018-02-19. 

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