More than seven decades ago, the Jaycees established a strong reputation for exceptional leadership in the Kankakee, Illinois regional area. The current incarnation of The Kankakee Area Jaycees was established by Jeremy Winge in August 2010, continuing the Kankakee Jaycees legacy.

Our purpose is “to provide young persons with leadership and management training through community service and individual development programs;” aligning with the overall mission to empower them to create positive change in their communities.

Our local organization is a subgroup of regional, state, national, and international designations; and each year, our members take advantage of the many opportunities to meet with Jaycees in other communities. We network and we glean from leaders with various experts from around the world.

Our members offer targeted, sustainable solutions that achieve results. From poverty to illiteracy, to the UN Millennium Development Goals, our members tackle serious issues without hesitation.

BECOMING A MEMBER of the Jaycees is a step in the right direction if you’re looking to branch out, meet new people, become a civic leader, find new challenges, develop professional skills and make new connections locally, nationally and internationally. The opportunities are endless when you join the Jaycees.

The Jaycees is an international organization. Junior Chamber International (JCI) is our international arm, with nearly 200,000 young active citizens and over five million alumni – including several world leaders. JCI chapters are spread over more than 5,000 local communities and over 100 countries around the world.

Our Awards:

1st Trimester- An Outstanding Community Development Project- Polar Plunge
2nd Trimester- 9th in Parade of Chapters

3rd Trimester- An Outstanding Community Development Project- Haunted Social Extravaganza