How would you describe the Jaycees?  We are a group of young professionals ages 21-40, but what other characteristics best describe us as an organization?
In 2010 at the Junior Chamber International (JCI) World Congress, the JCI General Assembly launched the Active Citizen Framework.  The more I learn about this framework, the more I believe it is who we are at our core – Active Citizens.
The Active Citizen Framework aims to meet the following objectives through partnerships between Jaycees chapters and business, government and other civil society (non-profit) organizations.
·         Empower and activate young people to take ownership of their communities.
·         Provide a framework for sustainable action that produces tangible results and measurable societal development.
·         Align JCI partners at global, national and local levels in cohesive, strategic format for societal development.
Much of our work in community service and civic engagement include those the United Nations, one of JCI’s long time partners, describes in their Sustainable Development Goals (formerly known as Millennium Development Goals), such as:
  • Increase universal access to education
  • Promote gender equality
  • End poverty and hunger
  • Promote child and maternal health
  • Improve environmental sustainability
  • Encourage corporations to include Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) through the UN Global Compact 
As with many of the projects and initiatives we lead as Jaycees, we aim to measure our effectiveness and impact of these projects from the view of our members, our chapters and our communities through our Chairperson Planning Guide (CPG) and our Program Management Guides (PMG).  Both guides provide ways for Jaycees to create S.M.A.R.T. goals for their initiatives to encourage their professional growth while showcasing the value of the work we do.
The two of my favorite lines of our Jaycee Creed state that “the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations” and “that service to humanity is the best work of life.” The Active Citizen Framework empowers Jaycees to live out these values – global partnerships and service resulting in positive change in the communities around us.
How can we integrate this framework in our Jaycee career and in our lives as Active Citizens? Feel free to leave comments and start the discussion below.