Ypsilanti Area Junior Chamber

Why should I Join

People join the Ypsilanti Area Jaycees for a variety of reasons:

  • Some are looking to expand their circle of social and business contacts.
  • Others are looking to find opportunities to volunteer & participate in community service projects
  • Others are looking to develop professional or personal skills or find ways to advance their career or business

Our programming is broken down into four main areas -- Community Development, Individual Development, Management Development and Membership Development. Below we'll explain a little about each and what benefits each can offer our members.

Community Development

Community projects help individuals, non-profits and the community at large. These projects help our members by:

  • Helping them find volunteer opportunities, and a group of like-minded individuals who want to make a difference in the community
  • Help planning and executing a project to help a cause they are passionate about. Many members join with a cause they care about, and often in the course of their time in the Jaycees, they get a chance to develop or run a project to help that cause

Individual Development

Individual Development provides skills training in a variety of areas. These can be fun things like cooking, crafts, ballroom dancing, karaoke, or things like public speaking, financial planning, or wage negotiation.

  • Provide opportunities for a bunch of trainings which can be fun, and very useful and practical and sometimes both
  • Many members have something they've always wanted to learn. They often run a project with the chapter's help, and get to learn a skill and introduce others to it too in the process

Management Development

The Management area covers chapter operations like fund-raising, strategic planning, & PR, but it also fosters networking opportunities for our members to meet business and community leaders in Ypsilanti.

  • Many of the skills learned in running a chapter, or chapter projects are directly transferable to a professional context.
  • Networking -- by joining the Jaycees you get the opportunity to meet many people in a variety of careers and professions which could be future business contacts, or clients
  • Advertising - As a member you get to place an ad in our monthly newsletter, and place your business in our print & online business directory. Many people find this is worth the cost of their yearly dues alone.
  • Membership in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce - As a member of the Jaycees you gain all the privileges of being a member of the chamber

Membership Development

The Membership area focuses on recruiting members, and making sure our current members are having a good experience and getting what they want out of the organization. The Membership area provides a variety of things for our members:

  • A variety of social activities throughout the year, including General Membership Meetings, "Finally Friday" (a monthly social), and more.
  • Orientation for new members which helps them get the most out of their Jaycee experience.

As a group of over 75 young adults, we have a varied membership from many different careers, with many different individual interests. As a group, we gain from that diversity when they share their interests by running a project, or their knowledge when running a training. We run 40-60 different projects a year, and have a wide variety of activities and projects. (See a sample here). We truly believe we have something to offer anyone.If all of this sounds good to you follow the link to Request More Info.

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Want to Get Involved, Make a Difference, & Get to Know Your Community

The Ypsilanti Area Jaycees give back to the community in many ways by running our own projects and fundraising for and participating in other organizations events. Some projects we've recently been involved with are:

  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life
  • Accessible Playground Build
  • Easter Egg Hunt & Marshmallow Drop
  • Ypsi PRIDE City Clean-Up Day
  • Bountiful Baskets Project
  • Senior Dinner
  • 4th of July Parade

Meet Other Young Adults, Develop Friendships, & Have Fun!

Whether you are new to Ypsilanti or have lived here all your life, being active in the Ypsilanti Area Jaycees will introduce you to new lifelong friends and business partners.

Attend social functions such as:

  • Picnics
  • Dinner at local restaurants
  • Happy Hours
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Family fun days
  • Board Game Nights
  • Cookouts
  • Camping Trips
  • Compete or watch our kickball team

Learn skills that can help you personally & professionally

The Ypsilanti Area Jaycees offer opportunities to build your personal & professional skills. A variety of programs are offered based on member interest.

Projects are as varied as:

  • Snowshoeing
  • French Cooking
  • Resume Writing
  • Self Defense
  • CPR Training
  • Ball Room Dancing
  • Social Media For Business
  • Public Speaking

Learn More

We have a lot of info on our website here are some pages you can visit to learn a little bit more about us.


Interested in learning more? Fill out our online form to request more info or e-mail our membership VP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .