Tuesday 19 March 2019

JCI searches for outstanding young people

JCI Ireland President, Keira Keogh
JCI Ireland President, Keira Keogh

AIB and Junior Chamber begin search for the top ten outstanding young people in Ireland and nominees from Fingal are being sought.

The Ten Outstanding Young People (TOYP) Awards, is a global initiative that identifies innovative, extraordinary & dedicated young people.

Local communities across Ireland are being tasked with nominating young leaders.

JCI Ireland President Keira Keogh said: 'We are asking you to nominate young leaders in your community.

'By recognising their achievements and sharing their stories of discovery, determination and ingenuity, we can inspire more young people to go out there and become leaders who create better societies. TOYP awards are magical. T

'he feeling of pride from the honouree's family and friends, mixed with the look of awe and inspiration on the faces of all attending is enough to leave you feeling like you have just witnessed something really special.'

Local branches including JCI Fingal will choose their top four nominees to send forward to the National TOYP Awards which will be celebrated on May 18.

The TOYP national winners will represent Ireland at the JCI World Congress in Estonia and ultimately have the chance to be recognised as one of the Ten Outstanding Young People of The World.

Ireland has had great success over the past number of years with Harry McCann 2017, Ciara Judge (2016), Joanne O Riordan (2015) and Aisling Neary (2012) all being recognised as TOYP World Winners.

Former recipient Aisling Neary said: 'Having been a previous recipient of the TOYP Award it was an amazing opportunity to represent Ireland as one of the top outstanding young people of the world. For me the joy of being nominated for a TOYP award was not about recognition of good work being done by so many people but that it is a visual reminder of the fact that each tiny drop of kindness being done can result in a flood of hope and life for those less fortunate than others. '

Aisling was nominated for her contribution to Humanitarian and Voluntary Leadership. Aisling used her nursing skills to serve others, be that working with orphans in Romania, to helping people suffering from HIV in Australia. She also gives back in so many other ways.

The TOYP awards in Ireland would not be possible without the support of AIB, who have been supporting the initiative since 2013.

Members of the public can now nominate their local by nominating a young person (18-40) who deserves to be highlighted and rewarded for their outstanding achievements. Go to, click on Ten Outstanding Young Persons and fill out a very short nomination form Entries close on Monday, March 4 at midnight

Fingal Independent