Outline of the JCI TOYP Program

General Rules

  • Nominees must be between the ages of 18 and 40. Nominees born before January 1 1978  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 be a native-born or naturalized citizen of the nation from which the nomination originates.
  • Nominees need not be members of the organization, as long as they meet the previous two requirements and register through a JCI Local Organization.
  • 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 sign the declaration of nomination form and upload it 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 Ceremony at the JCI World Congress, if selected for the award.
  • 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 ten international honorees, however, these items will be requested by JCI World Headquarters.
  • A good quality, 4″ x 6″ (10 cm x 15 cm) black-and-white, head-and-shoulders photograph must be uploaded with the official nomination form.
  • National Organizations can submit unlimited nomination forms.
  • Nominees must be willing to promote the ideals of JCI for the year after winning the award.
  • Each nominee must be entered in one (1) of the following ten (10) categories:
  • 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


At the JCI Mauritius level 3 individuals will be recognized for their outstanding achievement in one of the above categories. JCI Mauritius will elect to nominate up to three top individuals to the international level.
Ten international finalists will be chosen competitively from a pool of applicants that consists of a maximum of three entrants (semi-finalists) from each participating National Organisation plus three semi-finalists chosen from amongst the entrants from countries not holding a competition.

The judges are asked to base their decisions on three general criteria:

  1. How well the nominee exemplifies the principles articulated in the JCI Values.
  2. How the person’s achievement may have benefited his or her community, nation or the world.
  3. How the person’s achievement or leadership may have inspired others.


The JCI TOYP Ceremony

The JCI TOYP Ceremony takes place every year at the JCI World Congress. All of the JCI TOYP Honorees are invited to travel to the JCI World Congress where their trophies are presented to them in a formal awards ceremony.
The ceremony usually last about two hours, with a very short keynote speech from the chairperson of the Awards Committee and then a presentation of the trophy to the honorees. JCI TOYP ceremonies also provide other attractions, as interludes between presentations. Shortly after the awards ceremony, there is a reception for honorees, special invitees, JCI Board of Directors, Chief Delegates from all countries attending the World Congress and community dignitaries.

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