2017 JCI Impact Report

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The Opportunity of Youth Young people around the world are told by authority figures, the media and possibly by themselves at some point that they are causing a problem—that they are the problem. We live in a world where the growing youth population worldwide is painted as a threat to stability, and where the challenges we face today are because of young people. Policymakers and government institutions charged with providing education, health services and other assistance can be overwhelmed by the sheer size of today’s youth population. Countries with limited resources or weak economies face additional challenges to meet the rapidly growing demand for jobs and income-earning opportunities for the millions who are approaching employment age. It is easy for young people to be perceived as part of the problem, when in reality they are vital to the solution. There has never been such an abundance of young people and never again will there be such vast potential for JCI ECUADOR

innovation, accelerated development and meaningful social change. Today’s young people are in a stronger position than any generation before them to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice and combat climate change. Young people are the world’s most powerful and untapped resource to ensure sustainable development.

Our Mission To provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.

JCI Vision To be the leading global network of young active citizens.

JCI Values 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.