Henry Giessenbier founded the Jaycees in 1920, with 3,000 members, in St. Louis, Missouri. It was Henry’s vision to provide young people with opportunities which they had little or no access to otherwise attain. He believed that young people could change the world. He was right.
In his era, most young men were out of school and working by the age of 15. Their first jobs were most likely the jobs they held throughout their lives. With luck and hard work, some might reach executive positions by their forties. Giessenbier felt that young men were not receiving the opportunities necessary to develop their skills at a younger age, thus depriving our nation of an important resource, and so he formed the founding ideals of the U.S. Junior Chamber.
His theory was simple – to offer leadership opportunities to young people, giving them hands-on experience through serving the community. That concept has never wavered.
Since 1995, the Woodridge Jaycees have provided young people (18-40) the opportunity to create positive change in our community and in the world. The Woodridge Jaycees are a great way to meet people, expand your professional network, develop new skills and contribute to society. Make an Impact by joining the Woodridge Jaycees and become a member of an international organization with nearly 200,000 young active citizens.