THE OUTSTANDING YOUNG MEN (TOYM)
The JCI Philippines (Philippine Jaycees) as an organization, has the following goal and mission: to contribute to the advancement of the global community by providing young persons with the opportunity to develop leadership skills, social responsibility and fellowship for a positive change. This goal or mission finds basis on the Jaycee Creed.
The Jaycee Creed, which is universal in its perception and exhortation, sees man not only in the light of what he is but what he can be. This precept proceeds from the principle that earth’s great treasures lies in the human personality, which must be developed in its wholeness. This recognizes with implicit faith in God gives its dimension.
The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Awards was initiated by the Manila Jaycees as a chapter project in April 6, 1959. Subsequently, the Philippine Jaycees formally adopted the project on a national basis on October 15, 1959, during their 11th National Convention in Baguio City.
In 1973, the Gerry Roxas Foundation co-sponsored the project, due to the similarity of its goal to promote leadership and exemplary innovation among the youth to address our nation’s development. On October 22, 1990, the TOYM Foundation was organized by past TOYM Awardees and Jaycee National Officers to provide support and continuity for the annual search.
In 1996, the TOYM Awards was changed to TOYF “The outstanding Young Filipinos” to give women equal exposure and emphasis in the search. However, women were already made an integral part of the search since 1984. In 1999, the name was reverted back to its original name of TOYM to preserve the sanctity of the awards, as the word “men “ does not intend to distinguish the difference in gender.
Over the years, the TOYM has become an institution, having developed a reputation for its selectiveness of outstanding young men upon whom the awards is conferred. TOYM seeks to give national recognition to young men and women between the ages of 18-40, whose selfless dedication to their profession or vocation has resulted in significant contributions to the welfare of their countrymen, as well as to the advancement of their fields of endeavor.
- To recognize the outstanding achievements of our nation’s youth which have benefited the community and the nation significantly;
- To focus public attention and confer national recognition to these young men and women based on these outstanding achievements and contributions;
- To inspire others, especially the Filipino youth, with the recognition of these achievements and/or leadership of the TOYM awardees who have demonstrated vigor and enterprise in tackling the problems of society and offering solutions;
- To live the Jaycee Creed and consider it a good measure of performance by the awardees.
- The nominee is judged by his outstanding leadership and excellence in his contribution to the cause of humanity. In essence, proof of nominee’s outstanding leadership and excellence in his field of endeavor and proof of nominee’s outstanding contributions to his fellowman constitute the basis for the TOYM Award.
- Nominee must have complied with all the rules governing nomination such as age, citizenship, etc.
- Nominee must nave engaged in his/her field of endeavor for a substantial part of his/her life with documented proof subject to verification by the TOYM search committee.
- Nominee must have been engaged in contributing to the cause of humanity for a substantial part of his/her life with documented proof subject to verification by the TOYM Search Committee.
- Filipino citizens (including naturalized citizens between the ages of 18 and 40) are eligible for nomination. Nominees must be aged of 40 or below by December 31 of the current year. Nominees must not be former TOYM awardees. By "Filipino" nominees must be either be:
- Those wherever born in the Philippines or in a foreign country. In this case, the father or the mother may be a natural born or naturalized citizen of the Philippines or;
- Those, at the time his or her bid was received by the TOYM Committee, is a naturalized citizen of the Philippines and those who have elected Philippine citizenship or;
- Those despite having renounced his Philippine citizenship at the time his or her bid was received by the TOYM Committee has one or both parents who is/are citizen(s) of the Philippines or;
- Those despite living outside the Philippines as resident aliens or immigrants of another country, has one or both parents who is/are citizens of the Philippines.
- Service to the community and/or to the nation - 40 points
- Professional excellence and integrity in their field of endeavor - 40 points
- Leadership, including moral rectitude, innovativeness and pioneering spirit - 20 points
Candidates can be nominated in the following fields:
Agricultural & Aquaculture