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History of Junior Chamber International & JCI Canada




St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. was the birthplace of the Junior Chamber Movement. JCI founder Henry Giessenbier Jr. put his dream to the reality of forming an organization to study civic and business problems by providing the opportunity to participate in civic community activities. On October 13, 1915, a gathering of 32 young men agreed to form the Young Men's Progressive Civic Association (YMCA), developing their skills as leaders by tackling complex civic problems. The movement for similar organizations grew in the United States. In 1920, 29 local groups formed the United States Junior Chamber.

Henry Giessenbier Jr.

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