The search for Zimbabwe Ten Outstanding Young Persons begins

The search for the 2011 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Zimbabwe (JCI TOYP) has begun and JCI Zimbabwe is sure that young Zimbabweans will be among the world’s top honourees. In a statement, 2011 JCI Zimbabwe President Patson Mahatchi announced the opening of nominations for the prestigious award whose previous Zimbabwean winners include
Business icon Strive Masiiwa and child rights activist Betty Makoni.

“Nominations are now open for the 2011 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Zimbabwe program, a program that recognises the achievements of young people in categories ranging from business accomplishments, humanitarian efforts to outstanding leadership, medical and cultural achievements,’ said Mahatchi. “JCI Zimbabwe wants our country to be well represented in this inspirational international program that honours young people who excel in their fields. We know our exceptional youth can act as role models for other young people around the world,” he added.

The JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World program recognises young people between the ages of 18 and 40 who excel in their chosen fields and exemplify the best attributes of the world’s young people. By recognising these young people, JCI encourages them and others to seek excellence and serve others. It is just one way to preparing better leaders, who will create better societies.

According to information provided by JCI Zimbabwe, nominations shall be accepted through the JCI website (, via email and hard copy forms being distributed through a local bookshop chain, Innov8. The entrants will be subjected to a judging process by a panel comprising representatives of JCI Zimbabwe partners, sponsors and accomplished academics.

“If you know outstanding young persons, we encourage you to nominate them for the JCI TOYP program” Mahatchi stated. “An awards ceremony featuring the National Honourees will be held at the end of July; to not only honour outstanding young people, but also provide a forum where young people can meet and establish valuable contacts with each other and other leaders”.

National honourees will be entered into the international JCI TOYP Program, where they will compete with other nominees from across the globe for a chance to be honoured as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World. International honourees will receive a free round trip airline ticket to Brussels, Belgium, to attend the JCI World Congress to be held from 1 to 5 November, 2011. Their accomplishments will be featured at a glittering Global Awards Ceremony.

JCI Zimbabwe is a membership driven, non profit organisation that provides development opportunities that empower young people aged between 18 and 40 to create positive change in their communities. Its members seek targeted solutions to the unique problems in their communities to build a better world and create global impact.
Mungwadzi Godwin

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