The Illinois Jaycees is currently accepting nominations for 2021 class of The Outstanding Young Persons. Each year, The Outstanding Young Persons award program recognizes up to ten individuals between the ages of 18 and 40 who exemplify the best attributes of young people from across Illinois.  

Nominations are accepted in one of the ten categories including:

  1. Business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment

  2. Political, legal, and/or governmental affairs

  3. Academic leadership and/or accomplishment

  4. Cultural achievement

  5. Moral and/or environmental leadership

  6. Contribution to children, world peace, and/or human rights

  7. Humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership

  8. Scientific and/or technological development

  9. Personal improvement and/or accomplishment

  10. Medical innovation





Nominations are due May 1, 2021. The awards will be presented at a ceremony tentatively scheduled sometime in Fall 2021.

The ceremony will highlight each honoree and provide a stage from which they can challenge and inspire young people from around Illinois. For each honoree, there will be a video presentation profiling his/her accomplishments, a plaque presentation followed by the honoree’ acceptance speech.

The event is generously supported by friends and employers of our award winners, local and regional Jaycee organizations, Illinois Jaycees Charitable Foundation, Illinois JCI Senate and Illinois businesses. If you would like more information on sponsorship opportunities, please email us at

If you have any questions or have difficulty downloading the nomination form, please email


Our Mission: 

To provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.

Our Values: 

We Believe, That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life That the brotherhood of man transcends the Sovereignty of Nations That economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise That government should be of laws rather than of men That Earths great treasure lies in human personality And that service to humanity is the best work of life.

Our Vision: 

To be the leading global network of young active citizens.

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