What is JCI TOYP?
Junior Chamber International Ten Outstanding Young Persons (JCI TOYP) programme 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 honourees 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 honoured over 200 individuals from over 50 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. Honourees 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 honourees will be selected by a panel of distinguished judges. Up to ten honourees will be selected from all nominations received.
History of TOYP
The JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Programme (JCI TOYP) is the result of similar programmes run by affiliated National Organizations of JCI. The original programme 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 programme in 1938. Since 1952, numerous JCI National Organizations have established their own Outstanding Young Persons Programmes. 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 Programme. Since then JCI has honoured over 200 individuals from more than 50 nations of which Nigeria is one of them. Each JCI TOYP honouree has shown commitment to the creed, reminding all of us that, with creative enterprise and hard work, no problem is too difficult to solve. Each honouree is a living example of JCI’s belief that “Earth’s great treasure lies in human personality and that service to humanity is the best work of life”.
JCI Nigeria holds her TOYP programme every year to encourage and motivate young people within the country. Since inception, we have had awardees like, Rt. (Hon.) Rotimi Amechi, Richard Mofe Damijo, Femi Anikulapo-Kuti, Gbenga Sesan, Kanu Nwankwo, Kafayat Shafau, Linda Ikeji, Japheth Omojuwa to mention a few and winners of the JCI TOYP Nigeria award are nominated for the World JCI TOYP award and they get to be honoured worldwide if they are eventually selected. So far, we have had three (3) persons win at the international stage namely Ray Ekpu (1988), Dr. Modupe Osho (1996) and Dr. Ola Orekunrin (2013).
Global Honourees as nominated by the national awards committee also get to be honoured in person at the yearly JCI World Congress. This year’s edition is slated for Amsterdam in Netherlands on November 8, 2017 with an all expense paid trip.