With nearly 200,000 members worldwide part of JCI (Junior Chamber International), we are an international organization of young persons who aim to Be Better.
Houston International Jaycees (HIJ), also known as JCI Houston International, launched their rebranding on Jan. 1st, 2019. The chapter had overwhelmingly voted to change the name on August 23, 2018 from Houston Asian Jaycees to Houston International Jaycees to celebrate and to reflect the diversity of Houston. The HIJ chapter has always been a very open and inclusive group, but now also wanted a name to reflect its diversity and inclusivity.
HIJ was originally formed as the Houston Asian Junior Chamber of Commerce (HAJCC) in 1986 by a group of young Chinese/Taiwanese- American entrepreneurs. In 1991, HAJCC first affiliated with the U.S. Junior Chamber (“U.S. Jaycees”) and the Texas Junior Chamberr (“TX Jaycees”). In 2001, HAJCC was readmitted into the Jaycees fold after an extensive and successful effort to recruit a new generation of young Asian professionals. HIJ’s goal is to help young professionals between the ages of 18 and 40 develop personal and leadership skills and give them 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.
The Houston International Jaycees aspire to develop individual members and prepare them to undertake social responsibility by offering an array of dynamic programs. HIJ’s philosophy is not only about gathering knowledge and acquiring skills, but also about using learned knowledge and skills to enhance the human character and to make for a more dynamic environment. HIJ has consisted of young professionals from various professions such as banking, engineering, attorneys, investment specialists, education, information technology, health care, and many more. HIJ is a well-recognized organization within the Houston Community delivering year round programs and services that benefit Houston communities.