Who We Are
The Delaware Jaycees are a division of The United States Junior Chamber; they are the organization of choice for men and women 18 to 40 years of age who want the best opportunities for community service, individual development, and leadership skills. We are a proactive organization. We devote ourselves to community service in the public interest, to increasing and improving the skills of the individual, and to developing people as leaders of their community.
We are a leadership training organization with a hands-on approach. You provide the ideas, and we provide the tools, the knowledge and the manpower to make it happen. You pick your projects and you design them. We help plan it, build it, do it. We are each others’ “go to” team to get things done. The Jaycees are whatever you want to make them.
The Jaycees make people more effective by training them in several disciplines. We teach individuals through classes, socials and competitions, all put together by members. We provide for the community through festivals and charity drives and fundraisers, also designed by members. The projects we run put you in contact with local businesses and government and give you the connections you need to succeed.
In summary, the Jaycees are the organization of choice for young people who want to make the most out of themselves while being involved in the community.
The Delaware Jaycees strive to “Make positive change happen” in our local community, while developing leadership abilities and contacts to help with our professional careers.
Pillars of Leadership
The U.S. Junior Chamber founder Henry Giessenbier’s vision of providing young people with leadership through community service can be broken down into four Areas of Opportunity: Business, Individual, Community, and International.
- Business: embodying the line of the Jaycee Creed, which states “Economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise,” this area provides an opportunity for individual members to contribute to the development and enhancement of the economic infrastructure, prosperity, and well-being for their community as well as all nations.
- Individual: embodying the line of the Jaycee Creed which states “Earth’s great treasure lies in human personality,” this area provides an opportunity for individual members to realize their personal potential through training programs.
- Community: embodying the line of the Jaycee Creed which states “Service to humanity is the best work of life,” this area develops the sensitivity of individual members to societal problems and community dynamics by providing experience in community problem solving.
- International: embodying the line of the Jaycee Creed which states “That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations,” this area provides an opportunity for individual members to contribute to the development of goodwill, understanding, and cooperation among all peoples.
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.”
The Jaycees Creed
“We believe… that faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life;
that the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations;
that economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise;
that government should be of laws rather than of men;
that earth’s great treasure lies in human personality;
and that service to humanity is THE BEST WORK OF LIFE!”