JCI Minnesota provides development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
As an all-volunteer grassroots organization, JCI Minnesota offers the opportunity for a young person to find their own path in volunteering and service. While a grassroots organization, we also provide a connection to larger statewide, nationwide, and international impact. We offer a connection to mentoring, true ownership over work and connection to something larger than the individual-all things essential to the engagement of young adults in volunteering.
That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life;
That the brotherhood 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!
The Mission of JCI Minnesota is to provide leadership development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change
The Vision of JCI Minnesota is to be the foremost global network of young leaders.
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 Minnesota 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.
JCI Minnesota 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 Minnesota, 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. Over 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.
One of our central values is placing priority on hearing the voices of young people across Minnesota. As a membership organization, governance and transparency are at the core of how JCI Minnesota functions. The Junior Chamber, other civic organizations, fraternal organizations, and early volunteer organizations founded around the turn of the century structured themselves after our democratically-elected federal government- a natural inclination as our civil society developed in the United States.
JCI Minnesota is, in effect, a representative democracy. The governance and management of the organization is another aspect of leadership development for young members of this organization- providing preparation and understanding of government service and accountability.
The JCI Minnesota Board of Directors governing body is made up of representatives from local Chapters from across the state. Each Chapter provides the representation of their local Chapter president and a state delegate.
While being grassroots at its core, JCI is also part of a national and international parent organization that provides many avenues for connecting young people with the world around them and with other outstanding young leaders internationally. JCI USA and Junior Chamber International (JCI) offer Minnesotans training, recognition, and development opportunities at all levels of the organization.
United States Junior Chamber
Junior Chamber International
Meet The Team
Admin Vice President
Community Development Vice President
Individual Development Vice President
Public Relations Vice President
Management Development Vice President
Immediate Past President
Membership Vice President
2023 Program Managers
Parliamentarian | Drew Kothenbeutel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary | Bobbie Loch, email@example.com
First Timers | Mathew Arnold, firstname.lastname@example.org
President Coach | Dean Carstensen, email@example.com
Political Advisor | Gwen Labovitch, firstname.lastname@example.org
Presidential Assistant | Sheena Ziegler, email@example.com