To provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.
To be the leading global network of young active citizens.
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!
Virginia Beach Jaycees Charities
In 2015, the Virginia Beach Jaycees created a sister organization (The VB Jaycees Charities) to further support our philanthropic efforts and charitable initiatives. The purpose and existence of our Charities arm is to combat community deterioration and juvenile delinquency by fostering sports competitions; engaging in community service projects; providing education for individuals on personal and civic responsibilities; and entrepreneurial skills. The VB Jaycees Charities is an approved 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization which can accept tax-exempt donations.
A core component which differentiates the VB Jaycees Charities from the Virginia Beach Jaycees is their mentorship aspect. While the Virginia Beach Jaycees are comprised of individuals between the ages of 18 and 40, the board members for Charities consist of Jaycees Life Members and Senators, former Jaycees and select Virginia Beach Jaycees in good standing. This allows the Charities side to guide and influence the direction of the Virginia Beach Jaycees and remain true to our historical roots.
In addition, the VB Jaycees Charities allows the Virginia Beach Jaycees to raise money and support local efforts. A majority of money raised through fundraising efforts stays in Hampton Roads, Virginia Beach more specifically. Through the creation of this sister agency the Virginia Beach Jaycees are able to host our annual Christmas Shopping Tour, help with the continued care and maintenance of the Flame of Hope, support local community members experiencing medical challenges and hardships, and so much more.
The Flame of Hope monument was originally conceived in 1972 as a volunteer project headed by Attack Squadron 43 NAS Oceana. This monument provided squadron personnel with a means to express their concern for the Vietnam War Prisoners of War and Missing in Action (POW/MIAs), and continues to memorialize those of future generations.The Flame of Hope was built by volunteers from Construction Battalion 415, sponsored by the Virginia Beach Jaycees and Oceana wives of the “They’re Not Forgotten” committee. The Virginia Beach Jaycees coordinated contributions from the community which enabled VA-43 to obtain supplies for the memorial. The Flame of Hope was formally dedicated on Friday, May 22, 1972.