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New avenue for youth recognition

Barbadians between the age of 18 and 40 who have excelled in their chosen fields, creating positive change, could now be nominated to be honoured by an international organization.

This has been made possible through the Junior Chambers International (JCI) Barbados, which launched the Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) Of The World Project this week.

The project, being introduced in Barbados for the first time, was launched by JCI’s International Vice President (IVP), Jennifer Gracey.

Since 1983, JCI has honoured 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 or international prominence.

JCI will honour the 2014 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons Of The World at a special ceremony the week of November 24–29, 2014, during the 2014 JCI World Congress in Leipzig, Germany. The nominees will receive complimentary registration at the JCI World Congress as well as a free trip to Germany, compliments of JCI.

During an interview with Barbados TODAY this afternoon, Gracey encouraged Barbadians to get involved in the worthy project which has the potential to highlight good initiatives taking place on the island.

“It would be great to instil a sense of pride in the wonderful people that live here that are doing amazing things. We want to make sure that they get recognized and we want to show the rest of the world that we have active citizens in Barbados that are making a difference,” Gracey said.

JCI’s local president Abena Agard also encouraged the local community to make nominations.

“The mere fact that you might not win on the international level does not mean that on a regional level and a Barbados level that you might not be recognized. When we go through the submissions made and we find that persons that we think best meet the criteria we want to have a ceremony for them here.

“And then hopefully, fingers and everything crossed, they get to go even further forward and we get somebody as far as world congress,” Agard explained.

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