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The mission of the California Jaycees is to create a better world by empowering young people. We are a people-development organization that seeks to create positive change in ourselves, our organization and our community. Everything we do must encourage young people to become members and to take full advantage of our world-class fellowship, community service and leadership training opportunities.
The California Jaycees is the premiere leadership training and community service organization for young adults. The organization serves men and women between the ages of 21 and 39 and has been doing so since 1920. The Jaycees, also known as the Junior Chamber of Commerce, provides opportunities to improve on one's business skills, provides networking opportunities, performs community service, and offers many fun social opportunities. Over 40 chapters are located throughout the State of California, and there are nearly 2000 chapters nationwide. As a member of a local chapter, you are also a member of the California Jaycees, United States Jaycees, and Junior Chamber International. The membership represents a variety of occupations, interests, social and economic backgrounds. The Jaycees has a dual purpose: 1) promoting leadership training and self improvement for our members 2) providing service and support for our communities And, our goal is to have fun doing it! We are the Cure for the Common Social Life The greatest friendships develop in our organization. Whether we meet for drinks and dinner, go kayaking and hiking or catch a movie or a ballgame, this is a good group of people to do it with. From picnicking to black-tie dinners there is something for everyone. We are a Leadership Development Organization The California Jaycees builds tomorrow's leaders with the focus on self-growth for our members. The way this is accomplished is through a hands on approach to running projects that enhance the local members' communities. We are a Community Service Organization The California Jaycees offers many programs and ideas that benefit the community. The local community dictates where the area of emphasis needs to be focused (i.e. running events for kids, job advancement, helping disadvantaged youth, senior visitations). The California Jaycees provides support and training materials so that the local chapters' programs can be run effectively.
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