Ten Outstanding Young Americans
Presented by the US Junior Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Every day across our country, young ambitious individuals are creating positive change and making an impact locally, nationally, or globally. A time-honored tradition, JCI USA has been celebrating the action being taken by young people—aged 18 to 40—in the United States with our Ten Outstanding Young Americans program since 1934.
Past winners have been selected from a wide range of fields including business, economics, entrepreneurship, political, legal, and government affairs, academia, cultural advancement, moral and environmental leadership, stewards of children and peace, humanitarians and volunteer leaders, the scientific and technological communities, and medicine.
Get To Know the 2023 TOYA CLASS
39 // Senator, Virginia State Senate Virginia Beach, VA CONTRIBUTION TO POLITICAL, LEGAL, AND/OR GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS
Kyrus Keenan Wescott
36 // Executive Director, 1SEO Digital Agency Mental Health Advocate // Haddon Heights, NJ CONTRIBUTION TO CHILDREN, WORLD PEACE, AND/OR HUMAN RIGHTS
30 // Co-Founder and CEO, Impacks // St. Cloud, MN CONTRIBUTION TO BUSINESS, ECONOMIC, AND/OR ENTREPRENEURIAL ACCOMPLISHMENT
38 // President and Chief Executive Officer, Child Saving Institute // Omaha, NE
Erin Kanno Uehara
39 // Owner & Chocolate Connections Officer, Choco le`a Honolulu, HI CONTRIBUTION TO BUSINESS, ECONOMIC, AND/OR ENTREPRENEURIAL ACCOMPLISHMENT
32 // Air Force officer, instructor pilot, and non-profit leader LaGrange, GA CONTRIBUTION TO HUMANITARIAN AND/OR VOLUNTARY LEADERSHIP
38 // President/Consultant/Author/Professor // St. Cloud, MN CONTRIBUTION TO BUSINESS, ECONOMIC, AND/OR ENTREPRENEURIAL ACCOMPLISHMENT
25 // Journalist, State Journal Register // Springfield, IL CONTRIBUTION TO CULTURAL ACHIEVEMENT
30 // NBA Athlete, Cleveland Cavaliers // Philadelphia, PA CONTRIBUTION TO HUMANITARIAN AND/OR VOLUNTARY LEADERSHIP
39 // General Manager, Toronto Raptors // Honolulu, HI CONTRIBUTION TO PERSONAL IMPROVEMENT AND/OR ACCOMPLISHMENT
TOYA Recipient, 1949
"The ultimate test of leadership is not the polls you take, but the risks you take. In the short run, some risks prove overwhelming... courage can be self-defeating. But the greatest defeat of all would be to live without courage, for that would hardly be living at all."
-Gerald Ford, 40th President of the United States
Be a part of history by sponsoring the Ten Outstanding Young Americans program through one of the various sponsorship levels.
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. Recipients will be honored at the 84th annual awards banquet on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at the Founders Inn in Virginia Beach, Virginia