Junior Civitan

Junior Civitan

Junior Civitan is the youth program of Civitan International, with clubs across North America and beyond. Junior Civitans are motivated, inspired, enthusiastic leaders in their schools and communities.

Junior Civitan clubs are typically based at middle schools, junior high schools, and high schools and some are formed as community-based clubs. Some are also formed as community-based clubs. Junior Civitan clubs are self-governing, under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Junior Civitans elect their own club officers, district governors, and even the Junior Board of Directors.

Junior Civitans volunteer in their schools and communities, often in partnership with their sponsoring Civitan clubs. Members join together to clean up their schools, educate their peers about social issues, and volunteer with great local charities. They also take part in regular meetings, group fundraisers, and the annual Junior Civitan International Convention.

Just like Civitan, Junior Civitan has a special focus on helping people with developmental disabilities. This is most visible through the Civitan International Research Center, a world-class facility dedicated to research into illnesses such as autism, brain cancer, cerebral palsy, and other illnesses of the human brain. Junior Civitans meet each year for the annual Sno-Do and Dance-a-thon fundraisers, which benefit this crucial research.


Sno-Do is one of Junior Civitan's most important fundraisers; it is held annually in Barrie, Ontario. The Governors of each district raise money to participate in a snowmobile ride through the Canadian countryside and participate in the Governors update led by the International Board. The event has raised more than $1.5 million for the research of developmental disabilities since its inception.


Dance-A-Thon is Junior Civitan's second most important fundraising event. Any Junior Civitan who raises enough money can travel to a different Canadian city each year to participate in an international dance event. The event lasts for 12 hours, with participants following a specially devised menu to provide maximum energy. The Dance-A-Thon started in Oakville, Ontario, and for many years lasted 25 hours, usually ending with the song "Taking Care of Business." This fundraiser has generated over $1 million for the research of developmental disabilities at the UAB Civitan International Research Center.

International Convention

Junior Civitan holds an international convention once each year. Junior Civitans who attend the convention participate in international officer elections, business sessions, workshops, dances, and social activities. This event gives every member a chance to meet other people within the organization and begin planning activities for their clubs.

District Clubs:

Bowie High School (Chartered 1994)
Bowie, MD
Glen Burnie Club
C.D.Hylton High School (Chartered 1991)
Woodbridge, VA
Junior District*

Churchill High School (Chartered 1967)
Potomac, MD
Junior District*

Hegesville High School (Chartered 1980)
Martinsburg, WV  
Martinsburg Club
Langley High School (Chartered 2007)
McLean, VA
Tysons Club
Liberty High School (Chartered 2014)
Bealton, VA
Warrenton Club
Prince George High School (Chartered 2012)
Prince George, VA  
Hopewell Prince George Club
St. Mary’s High School (Chartered 1954)
Annapolis, MD
Annapolis Club
Waynesboro Area School District (Chartered 2015)
Waynesboro, PA
Waynesboro Area Club
*Looking for a Sponsor Club

To find out more about Junior Civitan, or learn how to help charter a club in your community, contact Carmen Gorby.

Our Newsletter

September 2017 Chessie Chessie The Creed of Junior Civitan International

I am a Junior Civitan:
An aware citizen of today,
The standing promise of tomorrow.

I seek to meet the needs of our world.
To be progressive in a world of change.
With compassion and understanding for
The values and traditions of the past.

I value the security of knowing
That wherever I am
I will always be within reach
of a fellow Civitan.

I dedicate myself
To society and to my fellow man
With a commitment
To make the world a better place.