JCI Mauritius TOYP History
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 over 200 individuals from 47 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 only one of the following ten 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
Any person between the ages of 18 to 40 years, regardless of whether or not they are a member of JCI or a JCI Mauritius Chapter. The nominee must be a native-born or naturalized citizen of the nation from which the nomination originates.
The Selection Process
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 Organization plus three semi-finalists chosen from amongst the entrants from countries not holding a competition.
Judges of the JCI Mauritius TOYP comprises usually of a JCI experienced member who acts as Jury Chairperson and three or five non JCI members, one of which includes the potential sponsor, business and community leaders and university professors.
The judging is done in two phases with a screening process to establish a short list of finalists. These finalists are submitted to the judging panel, who then select the 3 honorees.
The judges are asked to base their decisions on three general criteria:
- How well the nominee exemplifies the principles articulated in the JCI Values.
- How the person’s achievement may have benefited his or her community, nation or the world.
- How the person’s achievement or leadership may have inspired others.
Based on the preferences of the judges, a list of 3 honorees is drawn up and published as winners of the JCI Mauritius TOYP Award. Moreover, the 3 honorees will represent Mauritius and their portfolio will be judged for the JCI TOYP – Ten Outstanding Young Person of the World Award.
The JCI Mauritius TOYP Ceremony
An awards night shall be held in the last week of May or early June to close the JCI Mauritius TOYP 2019 and reward all the participants for this event. The local awards night shall culminate with the recognition of The Outstanding Young Mauritian.
This does not stop here. If one of our 3 honorees gets selected among the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World, the latter shall be invited to travel to the JCI World Congress. Like every year, a formal awards ceremony shall be organized to present trophies to these Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World.
During the JCI World Congress, international officers will be elected for the upcoming year. With JCI in more than 100 countries and territories, members have the opportunity to meet fellow citizens from highly diverse backgrounds. JCI Members will share experiences and find new ways to create positive change on both local and global levels. At this event, JCI’s critical mass of young people will unite to magnify the positive impact of the JCI movement.