The JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Program (JCI TOYP) is the result of similar programs run by affiliated National Organizations of JCI. The original program was developed by Durwood Howes, President of The United States Junior Chamber of Commerce during 1930 – 1931. He conceived the idea of recognizing outstanding individuals by publishing a yearbook entitled “America’s Young Men” which highlighted the work of twelve exemplary leaders each year.
The United States Junior Chamber officially adopted the program in 1938. Since 1952, numerous JCI National Organizations have established their own Outstanding Young Persons Programs. Past recipients of national awards include such well-known personalities as Orson Welles, Howard Hughes, Nelson Rockefeller, John F. Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Gerald Ford, Benigno Aquino, and many, many more, all named before the age of 40 and before they had achieved national prominence.
In 1983, JCI officially adopted the JCI Ten Outstanding Persons of the World Program. Since then JCI has honored hundreds individuals from more than 50 nations.
The JCI TOYP program serves to recognize up to ten individuals between the ages of 18 and 40 who exemplify the best attributes of the world’s young people. Nominations are received in each of the ten categories listed below.
Honorees selected in past years have represented the heights of progress in all human endeavors. Many have gone on to even greater achievements. All have continued to serve humanity in a great variety of ways JCI will honor the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World each year at the TOYP Ceremony during the JCI World Congress held every November.
The ceremony will highlight each winner’s career in narrative form and provide a stage from which the honorees can challenge and inspire young people from around the world. For each honoree, there will be a video presentation profiling his/her accomplishments, followed by the trophy presentation, and an acceptance speech.
Young men and women may be nominated in one of ten categories for the JCI TOYP honor. An international panel of distinguished judges will select honorees. Up to ten top honorees will be selected from all nominations received, regardless of category entered.
- Business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment
- Political, legal, and/or governmental affairs
- Academic leadership and/or accomplishment
- Cultural achievement
- Moral and/or environmental leadership
- Contribution to children, world peace, and/or human rights
- Humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership
- Scientific and/or technological development
- Personal improvement and/or accomplishment
- Medical innovation
- The nominee may not be a current member of the Board at the International, National or Local levels. In addition paid staff members will not be considered for the JCI TOYP program.
- The nominee must be a native-born or naturalized citizen of the nation from which the nomination originates, or must have applied for citizenship by January 1 of the preceding year.
- Nominees must be between the ages of 18 and 40. Nominees born before January 1 of the preceding year are not eligible for JCI TOYP. A certified copy of the ID/Birth Certificate should be uploaded along with the nomination form to prove the age of the nominee.
- The nominee must sign the official nomination form attesting to all facts contained in the form and granting permission for publication of these facts. By signing this form, the nominee also indicates willingness, barring extreme circumstances, to attend the JCI TOYP Awards Ceremony during the World Congress of the same year.
- All information must be contained on the pages of this official form. No attachments of any kind are allowed. Scrapbooks, audiotapes, etc. CANNOT be used in the judging process. If a candidate is selected as one of the honorees, however, these items will be requested by JCI World Headquarters.
- A good quality, 4″ x 6″ (10 cm x 15 cm) blackand-white, head-and-shoulders photograph must be submitted by electronically with the official nomination form.
- The nominee must be entered in one of the ten categories listed on this form. Each nominee may be nominated in only one category. Nomination forms must be received by the set deadline. Nomination forms will only be accepted in ENGLISH.
- Nominees must be willing to promote the ideals of JCI for the year after winning the award.\