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Who Are We?

The Pasadena Junior Chamber of Commerce is the Pasadena chapter of JCI, a nonprofit organization of active young citizens who are committed to creating a positive impact in their commuities.

We are an organization made up of young professionals between the ages of 21 and 40, who want to improve the lives of those in the Pasadena area through community service.

But, it doesn’t stop there. We’re young. We’re fun. And we get things done! In addition to community service, the Pasadena Jaycees put on monthly social events and have a yearly exchange with a Jaycee chapter in Japan.

Becoming a member of the Pasadena Jaycees means getting the opportunity to enrich the lives of the Pasadena community and to make new friends to last a lifetime.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Pasadena Junior Chamber of Commerce (nicknamed the “Jaycees”) was founded in 1929 as a civic association for young professionals dedicated to becoming a positive force in the Pasadena community. Nearly a century later, the Jaycees remain true to this founding goal. We are an organization of young people (ages 21–40) in the Pasadena area who want to improve the lives of people in our community through service while developing leadership skills, broadening our network, and making lifelong friends. In addition to leadership training and community service, we host social events throughout the year, volunteer with other organizations, and even travel to Japan!

The Pasadena Jaycees is a branch of JCI (Junior Chamber International) – an international organization of active young citizens dedicated to creating positive change in our respective communities around the world. As a member of JCI, you will get access to trainings and workshops, and connect with Jaycee members from across the US and across the world!

JCI is a worldwide community of young, active citizens who share the belief that in order to create positive change, we must take collective action to improve ourselves and the world around us. Engaging in activities ranging from community development to international projects, members demonstrate their social responsibility and improve themselves through participation, leadership, and action.

The Pasadena Jaycees put on a variety of projects and social events throughout the year, giving members many ways to be involved.  Notable projects include our Five Acres Parties for foster children, our Operation Gobbler thanksgiving food drive, our Operation Santa toy drive, and Program Sales at the Rose Bowl Game on New Year’s day.

We hold monthly mixers at local businesses and frequent social events such as hiking, beach trips, paint nights, and book club. The Jaycees also often we volunteer with various charities in addition to our own projects.

The Pasadena Jaycees support a variety of non-profit and local organizations, including, but not limited to: Five Acres, Friends In Deed,  Union Station, Los Angeles Food Bank, and many others. We support foster youth, families, and low-income families in and around the Pasadena area through our community service and outreach projects. 

No! In fact, we welcome folks who are curious about becoming a member to attend one of our monthly mixers to meet other Jaycee members and see what we’re all about. We welcome members from the community to volunteer with our projects. 

You do not have to live in Pasadena to become a member. We welcome folks from all cities around the Pasadena area to participate in our events and become members. 

Members of the Jaycees must be between the ages of 21 – 40, though we welcome anyone, regardless of age, to join our mixers and participate in our service projects.

Membership dues are $95 annually, which includes opportunities for social and civic engagement with the community for an entire year, in addition to leadership opportunities, networking, and exclusive discounts.

We offer discounts for couples and free membership for the year to those that participate in Program Sales at the Rose Bowl Game every year. Additionally, members receive a discount for serving on a committee. 

We love working with other organizations and businesses to meet our mutual goals and support our community! Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] to see how we can work together. Some ways we can collaborate include hosting an event at your business or supporting your philanthropic projects. 

We’re excited you want to join us! We encourage you to attend one of our monthly mixers, held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at a local business. You can fill out a membership application here, and one of our Board Members will be in touch shortly to answer any questions you may have. 

Now, get involved!

Join a committee. Keep an eye on our website and social media for current projects – join a committee and help plan the project!

Socialize. Come to a mixer, book club meeting, or other social event!

Stay in touch. One of our board members should be reaching out to you with news and updates. Or feel free to email [email protected] with any questions!

Board of


Thank you to our Project Chairs

Program Sales

Jared Gonzalez

Five Acres Party

Justine Gray 

Kasukabe Exchange

Jason Leong

Operation Gobbler

Claire Pukszta (2022)

Operation Santa

Shawn Sauerwein (2022)