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JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Program (JCI TOYP)

JCI TOYP serves to formally recognize young people who excel in their chosen fields and create positive change. By recognizing these young people, JCI raises the status of socially responsible leaders in this world. The honorees motivate their peers to seek excellence and serve others. Their stories of discovery, determination and ingenuity inspire young people to be better leaders and create better societies.

Since 1983, JCI has honored nearly 300 individuals from 57 nations. Past recipients of national awards include such well-known personalities as John F. Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Elvis Presley, Jackie Chan, Wayne Gretzky and many more, all named before the age of 40 and before they had achieved national prominence. Honorees selected in past years have represented the heights of progress in numerous human endeavors. Many have gone on to even greater achievements. All have continued to serve humanity in a great variety of ways.

Young men and women may be nominated in one of ten categories. The honorees will be selected by an international panel of distinguished judges. Up to ten honorees will be selected from all nominations received, regardless of category entered.

Each nominee must be entered in one — only one — of the ten categories below.

  1. Business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment
  2. Political, legal, and/or governmental affairs
  3. Academic leadership and/or accomplishment
  4. Cultural achievement
  5. Moral and/or environmental leadership
  6. Contribution to children, world peace, and/or human rights
  7. Humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership
  8. Scientific and/or technological development
  9. Personal improvement and/or accomplishment
  10. Medical innovation


• Nominees must be between 18 and 40 years of age. 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 be a native-born or naturalized citizen of the nation from which the nomination originates, or must have applied for citizenship by January 1, 2021.

• Nominees need NOT to be members of the organization, provided they meet all other requirements and register through a JCI National Organization.

• The nominee may not be a current member of the International Board. In addition paid staff members will not be considered for the JCI TOYP program.

• The nominator must attest to all facts contained in the form and granting permission for publication of these facts. With agreeing to these terms, the nominee also indicates willingness, barring extreme circumstances, to attend the JCI TOYP Awards Ceremony, if selected as a 2020 Honoree.

• All information must be contained on the official online form. Scrapbooks, audiotapes, etc. are not 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), head-and-shoulders photograph must be uploaded with the official nomination form.

• The nominee must be entered in one of the ten categories listed on the online form. Please note: Each nominee may be nominated in only one category per form.

• National Organizations can submit unlimited nomination forms.

• A person who passed away between the national and the international competition cannot be nominated for the international TOYP award.

JCI TOYP Judging and Awards Ceremony


The Judges of the JCI TOYP are usually drawn from partner organizations such as the United Nations and the International Chamber of Commerce. Judges also typically include business and community leaders, university professors, and JCI Board of Directors Members.

The judging is done in two phases. The preliminary phase selects 20 finalists. Their entries are then submitted to an appointed final judging panel, as well as a popular online vote, which together select the ten honorees. The selection process is rigorous and intense as all nominees are outstanding young people. The judges evaluate the finalists based on three general criteria:

  • How well the nominee exemplifies the JCI Values
  • How the nominee’s achievements may have benefited his or her community, nation or the world
  • How the nominee’s achievements or leadership may have inspired others.

Based on the preferences of the judges, the final ten JCI TOYP Honorees is selected and published.