TOYP nominations close

JUNIOR Chamber International’s (JCI) Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) nominations closed on May 2 2014, with nominees aged between 18 and 40 years having been proposed under the following 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,
  • Humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership
  • Scientific and/or technological development,
  • Personal improvement and/or accomplishment,
  • Medical innovation.

We would like to express our gratitude to individuals, civic organisations, churches, government departments and others that have fed into our nomination process, by recommending exceptional young people for consideration.

We would also like to thank all the sponsors that have supported us since TOYP was launched, as well as the nominees themselves, who have willingly shared their lives and achievements with us and Zimbabweans at large.

We wish every one of our nominees the very best for both the national and international TOYP 2014 competitions; we are truly proud to be associated with active citizens such as these.

Together we have already embarked on an exciting journey of discovery, inspiration and honour, which we hope will transform us all into better citizens of Zimbabwe that look beyond their personal circumstances and interests, to address problems that exist within the community.

Partnership opportunities
For those that missed the opportunity to participate in these preliminary stages, JCI still has partnership opportunities to offer in this worthwhile cause of promoting excellence and, “service to humanity”, consisting of brand exposure on our websites, Facebook pages and correspondence that shall be seen by people all over the world.

Do not miss our subsidised publicity opportunity in our August supplement that shall reveal and profile the honourees selected by our panel of judges to represent Zimbabwe at the international stage of the 2014 TOYP competition. This will inform our captive readers and followers about your organisation, business or products, while allowing you to demonstrate your social responsibility and desire to promote the betterment of the society in which you work and earn your profits.

Corporates and civic organisations that desire to be aligned with our 2014 programme as it moves onto the judging, local award and international phases, can contact us on

TOYP judging
The adjudication process will begin by determining the eligibility of all nominees by ensuring that they have submitted proof that they are Zimbabwean citizens between the ages of 18 and 40, together with a colour profile photo and a declaration of nomination form.

Next, the judges will consider each candidate’s reinforcement of the following JCI values, which we believe underpin responsible and active citizenship:

  •  That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life,
  • That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations,
  • That economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise,
  • And that service to humanity is the best work of life.

The judges shall review every nomination form, read about each nominee in detail and independently assess them, considering the benefits as well as the inspiration that society derives from them.

Nominees will be rated on a scale of one to 10, using a standard ballot sheet, which must be submitted to JCI. More than one honoree can be chosen per category, as 15 nominees must be selected across categories.

The judges’ various results shall be combined to come up with the final list of honourees for Zimbabwe, who will receive awards at a local level.

The local honourees will also be entered in the international TOYP competition that shall culminate in a final award ceremony in Germany in November 2014.

Recent Partnership with Contemporary Affairs Forum JCI has existed since 1915, grooming prominent leaders.

This is achieved by engaging members in projects such as the recent youth public speaking event, where JCI Bulawayo partnered with Contemporary Affairs Forum to help young people develop effective speaking skills, while discussing pertinent issues of our time.

This is all in aid of developing responsible and well-directed youths, which our society desperately needs in these modern times of delinquency and despondency.

In Bulawayo JCI is currently running under the theme “Transformed to Transform” in recognition of the need to develop young people so that they in turn may impact their communities working with government, the civic sector and corporates.

If you seek purpose and progress in life, join us, or encourage someone between the ages of 18 and 40 years to attend our Thursday meetings at 5.30pm at the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce offices.

 Mlondolozi Ndlovu is the 2014 local president of JCI Bulawayo.
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