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History

JCI Houston, colloquially known as the “Jaycees”, is an organization of diverse young men and women (age 18-40) with members throughout the Houston metropolitan area. JCI Houston has been providing community service, business opportunities, and leadership training to the area since our founding in 1931.

The Junior Chamber International (JCI), is a global composed of 170,000 members aged 18-40 dedicated to bettering our world. With chapters on the local, state, and national levels, JCI seeks to develop leadership skills through community service. JCI Houston is the local affiliate of JCI, and our main objective is to create the social enterprises that will change our community, and ultimately, our world.

Owing to our long history, we have many legacy projects. While we are proud of our past accomplishments, we refuse to rest on our laurels; we are excited to develop the change agents of the future, social entrepreneurs!

The Houston Jaycees sponsor a series of cultural events honoring the Consular Corps of Houston. The proceeds from this flagship project benefit international education in the form of scholarships and endowments for local universities, including Rice University, University of Houston, University of St. Thomas, and the Institute of International Education.
Five Outstanding Young Houstonians – Since 1932, the Houston Jaycees have recognized the outstanding young men and women of Houston for their accomplishments and contributions to the Houston community. Recipients of this award are then nominated to the Five Outstanding Young Texans and subsequently Ten Outstanding Young Americans at the national level.
Every year the Jaycees put on a Christmas Shopping Tour for disabled and underprivileged children throughout Harris and Montgomery Counties.
1957 Southern Pacific Railroad gave steam engine, SP 982, to the Houston Jaycees and the City of Houston as co-owners through city ordinance #57-612. She was brought to Houston as a symbol of our city seal and as a constant reminder of our heritage.
Outstanding Young Educator
Since 1966, the Houston Jaycees have been awarding outstanding volunteerism by an educator. Every year, the Jaycees participate with many fine sponsors to help recognize individuals that go above and beyond in their field.