JCI is group of young active citizens ages 18-40 with chapters in 115 countries, forming a global grassroots movement. The members seek targeted solutions to community problems they see, as well as engage on the international level. JCI members believe in taking responsibility for making the change they wish to see in the world. So in every city, JCI members create the directives and initiatives they believe are most relevant to their communities and the globe.
Every year, JCI Members elect a new Board of Directors on every level of the organization -- local, regional, national, and international. This structure offers leadership opportunities to new members each year and calls for democratic participation.
Some examples of issues and projects that JCI Metro works on:
2009 St. Louis Socially Responsible Business Competition
This competition was inspired by JCI's partnership with the UN Global Compact on the international level, which provides a platform for businesses to operate responsibly and sustainably. It was open to both for-profit and non-profit initiatives from new or existing businesses that have a positive impact on the St. Louis Community, run by entrepreneurs under 40. The Awards Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday December 10 at the Hampton Inn Chesterfield (?16201 Swingley Ridge Road?) when we'll hear about the plans of the top three finalists and find out the competition winner, who will receive support for their business valued over $30,000.
Projects and events in 2010:
JCI Metro Reception for the International Board of Directors
Coming from over 20 countries, the members of the international JCI Board of Directors converge on Chesterfield, Missouri, every January to prepare for their year of running an organization of nearly 200,000 young people in 115 countries. To show our St. Louis hospitality, JCI Metro will be hosting a reception for them, our members and friends. The Board Meeting will be open to the public from 4:30-6:00 p.m. January 12, followed by a reception in the JCI lobby where you can meet and greet young JCI leaders from all over the world.
The Solar Panel Demonstration project is in the works for 2010, which aims to raise awareness in St. Louis about the availability and benefits of solar energy.
What's Your Moon Goal? project will be a collaborative event that will bring together associations, nonprofits and companies from all over St. Louis to talk about their big goals for the community.
JCI Nothing But Nets project: Every 30 seconds a child dies of malaria. This is been called genocide by apathy. It only takes $10 to protect a family from malaria for 4-5 years. In St. Louis we will educate students on the huge effect malaria has on the globe and raise money to save lives.
We'll be working on these projects and more with our sister chapter, JCI Stuttgart (Germany).
The best way to get involved in one of these projects or create your own, is to come to one of our meetings or events to find out more. All young citizens who are looking to take action on real issues affecting the world and tap into a global community of young people will find a place at JCI. Our next open meeting is December 14, 2009 at 6 p.m. at the JCI World Headquarters 15645 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield MO.