The Union of Young Communists (UJC) is the youth organization of the Communist Party of Cuba. Membership in the organization is voluntary and selective among young Cubans aged between 15 and 30 years. In the case of 15, are granted the license only to those who have exceptional behavior towards study, work, and its development mainly as a student. Currently has more than 600,000 members.
It is the political organization of Cuban youth. Membership is voluntary and selective and the projection of their work beyond its members, is aimed at all young population. Its main objective is the comprehensive and multifaceted training of new generations. The 1st. Secretary of the Organization is Julio Martínez.
The organization is structured throughout the country, and to direct the work between congresses has a National Committee and a National Bureau, is finally composed of 26 people. The organization was founded on April 4, 1962.
The UJC has relations with 218 organizations worldwide and is affiliated to the World Federation of Democratic Youth, while also participating in 14 other international organizations.
The press organ of the UJC is the weekly newspaper Juventud Rebelde.
On April 4, 1962, during the first meeting of the new unified organization and at the suggestion of Fidel Castro, the name of UJC is adopted.