About TOYP

The 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 society.

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 (JCI USA) during 1930-31. 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. In 1983, JCI officially adopted the JCI Ten Outstanding Persons of the World.

Since 1983, JCI has honored nearly 300 individuals from 57 nations. Past recipients of national awards include such well-known personalities as Elvis Presley, Orson Welles, Howard Hughes, Nelson Rockefeller, John F. Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Gerald Ford, Benigno Aquino, Bill Clinton, Jackie Chan and many, 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.


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Young men and women may be nominated in one of ten categories (click here for details of the 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.

The UK honorees are entered into the global competition. A panel of international judges selects the final 20 and these are then put to a public vote during August. The final 10 are selected by a public vote (accounting for 35% of the final score) and a panel of international judges (accounting for 65% of the final score). The final 10 of the global competition are usually announced on 31st August. 


To read more about UK honorees at a global level please click here. For information about the 2016 UK honorees please click here. For previous UK honorees please click here for 2015 and click here for 2014 Honorees.

For a list of frequently asked questions about the awards please click here and for a list of the rules please click here