JB USA empowers youth through education to foster inclusivity, social awareness, and action within local, national, and international communities.
Junior Branch is an active and integral component of CISV International. CISV’s Junior Branch members (JBers) are local CISVers who develop their intercultural and leadership skills through organizing and taking part in educational and local service activities. JBers also often take an active role in the administrative responsibilities of their Chapters. Through their national and international networks, JBers organize their own regional and international activities and events on a wide variety of themes, such as social justice and the environment.
JB USA is a thriving organization with a strong organizational structure and a ton of cool projects.
We’ve subdivided our 24 chapters into 5 regions. The 5 regions are…
- JB New England
- JB Mid-Atlantic
- JB Midwest
- JB South
- JB West
…and the 24 chapters within those regions are…
- JB Atlanta
- JB Boston
- JB Brandywine Valley
- JB Chattanooga
- JB Cincinnati
- JB Columbus
- JB Dallas/Fort Worth
- JB Detroit
- JB Jacksonville
- JB Gulf Coast
- JB Maine
- JB Miami, FL
- JB Miami County
- JB Michigan City/Lakeshore
- JB New York
- JB Northeast Ohio
- JB Philadelphia
- JB Pittsburgh
- JB Rocky Mountain/Denver
- JB San Antonio/Austin
- JB San Francisco
- JB Smoky Mountain
- JB Springfield
- JB Washington, DC
JB USA, led by the National Junior Representatives, is comprised of several individuals and committees.
The Senior and Junior National Junior Representatives (NJRs) act as the heads of JB USA and administer the proceedings of our Junior Branch. In addition to maintaining the quality of all JB development and trainings, the NJRs also manage the budget of JB USA. Additionally, the NJRs are the representatives of JB USA to the International Junior Branch, acting in the interest of JB USA in any governing procedures and communicating all necessary information to JB USA. Finally, the NJRs develop the visioning for JB USA and work throughout the year to make J USA the best it can possibly be!
Junior Branch Director
The Junior Branch Director is the voice for the Junior Branch on CISV USA’s Board of Directors. As a full voting member of the Board, the JB Director governs the proceedings of CISV USA. The JB Director works very closely with the NJRs to ensure that the interests of JB USA are being represented fully on the Board of Directors.
National Committee for Leadership for the Development (NCLD)
The National Committee for Leadership Development (NCLD) is one of the essential organs of JB USA. Chaired by the both the Senior and Junior National Junior Representatives, the NCLD is a 5 member committee in charge of creating and developing the training programs for JB USA that are implemented during Chapter Development Training and the National Junior Branch Meeting. The NCLD also acts as the regional liaisons to the 5 regions of JB USA and works to ensure that JB USA is meeting all of the local chapters’ needs.
The Project Committee is responsible for creating 1 to 2 large projects each year. These projects will fall under one of four themes: Diversity, Recruitment & Retention, Fundraising, and Communication, which rotate annually. This Board is chaired by both the Senior and Junior National Junior Representatives.
National Junior Governing Board (NJGB)
This board acts as the governing and legislative body of Junior Branch USA. They are responsible for conducting democratic proceedings, approving JB USA finances, and managing the Book of Procedures. This 9 member board is comprised of the National Junior Branch Advisor, 5 Regional Representatives, and 3 Members-at-Large. This Board is chaired by both the Senior and Junior National Junior Representatives.
National Junior Branch Advisor (NJBAd)
The National Junior Branch Advisor (NJBAd) is the adult member of the JB USA structure. In addition to offering the adult perspective on the NJGB, the NJBAd supports the Local Junior Branch Advisors of JB USA.
Local Junior Representatives
The Local Junior Representatives (LJRs) lead the 24 Junior branch chapters of JB USA. As a crucial part of the JB USA structure, the LJRs make sure that their respective local chapters are active and thriving JBs. The LJRs also elect all of the JB USA leadership, including the NJRs, the NCLD, the Project Committee, the NJBAd, the JB Director, and the NJGB. The LJRs also choose the recipient of the annual “JBer for Life” and “The JB Award for Outstanding Service” awards.
National Mini Camp Committee (NMCC)
The National Mini Camp Committee (NMCC) is another committee that makes up the JB USA structure. Chaired by the National Mini Camp Committee Chair, the NMCC plans JB USA’s annual National Mini Camp, which takes place every year during Memorial Day weekend.