For decades, Junior Chamber International (JCI) has been recognizing individuals from all over the world between the ages of 18 to 40 for their outstanding contribution towards the betterment of society through the Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) Awards program. On a yearly basis, this international awards program celebrates many unsung heroes who, by way of their artistic, academic, technological skill or by means of their entrepreneurial, environmental, moral leadership and human rights activism have made a sustainable positive impact in our communities. Although the TOYP Awards program remains the official program at an international level and a very effective one, this year JCI Belgium took a proactive approach in recognizing the fact that, if we are to truly encourage civic society, world & business leaders to seriously take into consideration the Global Goals in their actions and strategies, then due visibility is required. We believe that there are many inspiring individuals out there who, consciously or unconsciously, are working actively towards achieving these goals. This awards program remains within the spirit of the TOYP program and hence nominees would still have the chance to be recognized internationally.
Criteria 1: Impactful Politics Awards: All persons between the ages of 18 and 40 who are active at a political level in their communities, whether through being elected as a representative on the local council or affiliated with a political organization/pressure group that is actively working towards any of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Criteria 2: Impactful Reporter Award: This award recognizes coverage by news journalists, bloggers, writers or photographers that, as a result of their work, have made an impact in one of the following areas: increased public awareness of the SDGs, the principles of democracy, sustainable development, universal human rights, environmental protection, social justice, equality & dignity of all people worldwide.
Criteria 3: Healthy Lifestyle & wellbeing award: This award recognizes and celebrates individuals who create activities, strategies & products that empower the communities’ and individuals’ health as well as address the wider social determinants of health.
Criteria 4: The SDG Conscious Artist Award: This award recognizes artists (visual, literature and performing) whose practice brings about a social consciousness through their subject matter, or through any of the materials they use. The work of art should promote the principles of democracy, sustainable development, universal human rights, environmental protection, social justice, equality & dignity of all people worldwide.
Criteria 5: The SDG Conscious Technology Award: This award recognizes individuals that have created some form of technology/application to achieve any of the SDG objectives.
Criteria 6: Environmental Sustainability Award: This award recognizes individuals that have created some form of technology/application to achieve any of the SDG objectives.
Criteria 7: Quality Education Award: This award recognizes outstanding efforts of individuals, organizations engaged in activities or contribution to the education such as; improving the performance and effectiveness of students (outside school hours). Anyone who spends their time teaching students (outside school hours) through projects or otherwise topics which include the respect for human rights, the environment, peace and tolerance and cultural diversity or any other Sustainable Development Goal.
Criteria 8: The Outstanding Young Active Citizen Award: This award recognizes young individuals between 18 and 40 years of age who, out of their own initiative and dedication are contributing in some way to the promotion of the SDGs, promoting the principles of democracy, sustainable development, universal human rights, environmental protection, social justice, equality & dignity of all people worldwide.
Criteria 9: The Human Rights Award: This award recognizes young individuals who are committed to the Human Rights. They take an initiative and dedication to promote the Human Rights and reduce inequalities due to their gender, social class or convictions, and set some projects to this topic. This according to the guidelines of the SDG’s.
Criteria 10: The Social Entrepreneurship Award: This award recognizes young individuals who give outstanding opportunities by offering activities or employment for socially, physically or mentally disabled persons and make a contribution to decent work situations and economic growth.
General Rules of the nomination process
- Anyone including friends, family & colleagues can nominate individuals for these awards;
- Nominees must between the age of 18 and 40 year;
- Nominees must be Belgian or have lived for at least 10 years and are planning to stay in Belgium for the next 5 years,
- Nominees do not have to be members of JCI;
- Nominees must be willing to promote the ideals of JCI for the year after winning the award.
- Following submission, the nominee shall receive a copy of the nomination form from the Awards committee to verify that the details and facts contained in the form are correct and provide consent for his/her details to be published for public viewing.
- Photographs, audiotapes, videos can be used during the judging process for certain categories & as proof of the nominee’s work. If a candidate is selected as one of the ten international honorees, however, these items will be requested by JCI World Headquarters.
- The report may have maximum 5 pages, and 5 pages addendum;
- Each nominee must be entered in one (and only one) of the following categories:
- Impactful Politics Award
- Impactful Reporter Award
- Healthy lifestyle and wellbeing Award
- The SDG Conscious Artist Award
- The SDG Conscious Technology Award
- Environmental Sustainability Award
- Quality Education Award
- The Outstanding Young Active Citizen Award
- The Human Rights Award
- The Social Entrepreneurship Award
- All nominee subscription forms (preentries) are to be received by February 15th 2018 and all nomination forms are to be received by February 28th 2018. They should be send to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Judging Proces
After the deadline for submitting nominations has expired (28 February 2018), all nominations will be screened by a JCI Belgium appointed sub-committee to ensure that the general rules have been adhered to and all details listed in the nomination form are valid and correct. The judges will be asked to base their decisions on three general criteria: (1) How well the nominee exemplifies the principles of the Global Goals and 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. Judges will select the top ten finalists by assigning 10 points to the top candidate, 9 to the first-runner-up and 8 to the third-runner-up and so on. The nominees with the most cumulative points will be recognized as the honorees. A maximum of 10 honorees will be awarded.
Nominee subscription form – Preentry
(Submitted by February 25th 2018)
Nominee verification form
(Submitted by March 10th 2018)