About Us

Shaping the future by developing leaders today

The Rochester Area Jaycees always have projects and events in the works. Some are designed to benefit the community. Other projects will benefit the individual member. As a member, you will have access to training sessions and events developed exclusively for the Jaycees.

The Rochester Area Jaycees have been a part of the community since 1958. Young people between the ages of 21 and 40, from all walks of life, have discovered the unique benefits the Jaycees have to offer.

Whether you are looking to participate once a month or once a year, it’s entirely up to you! Members have the opportunity to:

• Become more involved in the community
• Learn new skills
• Network
• Develop professional skills
• Attend social gatherings
• Help raise money for charities
• Meet people and make friends

We would like to extend an invitation to you to come and participate as a guest. It offers you a chance to meet and get to know us.

Please contact  info@rochesterareajaycees.org  for more information, or stop by our General Membership Meeting to see first hand what we are all about.

District, State, National, and International

Each Jaycee chapter is a part of a local district as well as the state, national, and international organizations. We are a part of:

  • District 4 (Rochester Area, Royal Oak, Farmington Area, South Lyon Area, Livonia, Wayne State University, Redford, Plymouth-Canton, Westland, and Wyandotte)
  • The Michigan Jaycees (MIJC)
  • The United States Junior Chamber (US Jaycees)
  • Junior Chamber International (JCI)

See what the National Jaycees Say:

The United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees) gives young people between the ages of 21 and 40 the tools they need to build the bridges of success for themselves in the areas of business development, management skills, individual training, community service, and international connections.

Established in 1920 to provide opportunities for young men to develop personal and leadership skills through service to others, the Jaycees later expanded to include women, reflecting the growing influence and leadership of women in America.

For the past 83 years, Jaycees have been a force for good in America and around the world. Jaycees helped establish AirMail services in America with Jaycee Charles Lindbergh, and have raised millions of dollars for causes such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the March of Dimes. They have built parks, playgrounds, hospitals, ball fields, and housing for the elderly while conducting service and support programs in thousands of communities nationwide.

Jaycees can be found in all walks of life: governmental leaders such as past Presidents Bill Clinton & Gerald Ford, business tycoons such as Domino’s Pizza mogul Tom Monaghan, registered nurse and former Miss America Kaye Lani Rae Rafko-Wilson, sports heroes like basketball great Larry Bird – name the field and Jaycees can be found at the forefront.

With the focus of the nation on volunteerism, from the smallest towns to the largest cities, the Jaycees are enlarging areas of opportunity for young people.

The Junior Chamber organization is:

“a constructive action organization of young persons who devote a portion of their time to community service in the public interest, developing young persons as leaders in their communities.”
(Taken from The U.S. Junior Chamber Bylaws Manual)

The purpose of the Junior Chamber is:

“to promote and foster the growth and development of young persons’ civic organizations in the United States, designed to inculcate (to teach and impress upon) in the individual membership of such organization a spirit of genuine Americanism and civic interest, and…to provide them with opportunity for personal development and achievement and an avenue for intelligent participation…in the affairs of the community, state, and nation, and to develop true friendship and understanding among young persons of all nations.”
(Taken from The U.S. Junior Chamber Bylaws Manual)

Simply put, the purpose of the local chapter is to become a force for good in the community, determining community needs and providing solutions by planning and facilitating community service projects. In the act of serving, members receive hands-on experience, which translates to the enhancement of personal growth and the development of valuable leadership skills. This is the total Junior Chamber Concept.