Junior Chamber International Botswana is looking to acknowledge young people who have shown outstanding performance and attributes through the JCI Botswana Outstanding Young Persons Program 2008.
JCI executives on Friday told The Sunday Standard that nominations have been opened for the 2008 TOYP program, urging all those who know any outstanding individuals to nominate them for the prestigious event.
JCI Botswana president, Daniel Kekwaletswe, told The Sunday Standard that the program is looking to recognize young Batswana who excel in their chosen fields and exemplify the best attributes of the world’s young people.
“We want to acknowledge those young people who serve as role models to their peers and who will hopefully become outstanding leaders of tomorrow,” he said.
He also added that the program is open to people between the ages of 18 and 40 and that individuals can be nominated from any one of the ten categories ranging from business accomplishment to humanitarian efforts, outstanding leadership, and medical and cultural achievements.
“By recognizing these people, JCI encourages them and others to seek excellence and serve others. It is just one way that JCI contributes to preparing better leaders who will create better societies,” said Kekwaletswe.
He went on to encourage those who know of any exceptional young leaders to nominate them for the TOYP award. He added that honorees will not only be recognized here at home, but will also be sent to the international TOYP program where they will rub shoulders with other honorees from around the globe and be accorded the opportunity to compete on a global scale.
“Local honorees will be entered into the international TOYP program and international honorees will receive a free round trip airline ticket to New Delhi India in November to attend the JCI World Congress, where they will be featured at the awards ceremony,” said Kekwaletswe.
He added that a dinner will also be held for the honorees at which special invitees, JCI board members, chief delegates and community dignitaries will be present. The prize will also include free hotel accommodation at the congress headquarters and two free JCI World Congress registrations.
JCI is a worldwide federation of young leaders and entrepreneurs with over half a million members in more than 100 countries around the globe. JCI is a leadership training organization for young people between the ages of 18 and 40. In Botswana, it has chapters in Gaborone, Orapa and Jwaneng. A copy of the nomination form for TOYP can be found online at www.jci.cc/botswana or from the JCI office at 3922218 or 74359495.Forms must be submitted not later than mid night on April 15 2008.