JCI USA strives to celebrate the action being taken by young people—age 18-40—in the United States. Every day across our country, young ambitious individuals are discovering that as humans, we are in charge of the present and our future. We are empowered to stand up and make a difference and make our impact in this world we were brought into.

JCI USA chooses to celebrate and honor these modern day super hereos. Nominate a young person you know who’s making an impact locally, nationally or globally. We want to know this person and shine a spotlight on their efforts in leaving the world a better place than we found it. 

Each year, JCI USA recognizes the accomplishments of ten individuals who are truly outstanding regarding empowering themselves and others to make our communities and our world a better place. We highlight individuals in the areas of business or entrepreneurial accomplishment, political achievement, humanitarian and civic leadership, and more.

Celebrating TEN Outstanding Individuals Who Contribute to Making our Communities and Our Country a Better Place

JCI USA is pleased to open our 2021 Ten Outstanding Young Americans nominations who will be honored at the 83rd annual black-tie awards ceremony on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand in St. Louis, Missouri. Nominate an outstanding young individual (18-40 years of age) in your area who is creating positive change and making our world a better place.

Our 2021 Honorees
Trung Lam

Trung Lam

40, Entrepreneur, Honolulu, HI - Business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment

Kristen Hoyt

Kristen Hoyt

32, Tax Assessor Collector, New Braunfels, TX - Political, legal, and/or governmental affairs

U.S. Air Force SMSgt Jessica Roper,

U.S. Air Force SMSgt Jessica Roper,

37, National Certified Counselor; Linguist, Kailua, HI - Humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership

Roy Hall Jr.

Roy Hall Jr.

37, Motivational Speaker, Executive Director/Co-Founder of the Driven Foundation, Columbus, OH - Contribution to children, world peace, and/or human rights

Jahmiah Gino Cyrus

Jahmiah Gino Cyrus

24, Playwright/Filmmaker; Graduating Grad Student, Sumter, SC – Cultural Achievement

Eric Salzwedel

Eric Salzwedel

33, Owner, Intentional Purpose Consulting; Founder, Do Good Wisconsin, Marshall, WI - Humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership

Carson King

Carson King

25, Founder/President, Carson King Foundation; Director of Charitable Outreach, Altoona, IA - Humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership

Desteny Miller

Desteny Miller

20, Miss Metro 2020; Student at WGU-Utah, Lincoln, NE - Personal Improvement and/or Accomplishment

Antonio Smith

Antonio Smith

37, Entrepreneur, Professional Development Coach, Columbus, OH - Humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership

Sean Hand

Sean Hand

33, Director, Business Development, Public Speaker, Philadelphia, PA, Business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment