Founder Henry Giessenbier
|Location St. Louis, Missouri|
Founded 21 January 1920
|Fields Individual, Community, International, Business|
Key people President Laurence Bolotin, Executive Director Joel Harper
Motto Leadership Training Through Community Service
Similar Junior Chamber International, Kiwanis, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars
The United States Junior Chamber of Commerce (JCs or more commonly Jaycees) is a leadership training and civic organization for people between the ages of 18 and 40. Areas of emphasis are business development, management skills, individual training, community service, and international connections. The U.S. Junior Chamber is a not-for-profit corporation/organization as described under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(4).
Established January 21, 1920 to provide 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 US Jaycee Women (also known as Jayceettes, 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 US 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.