The Illinois Jaycees is currently accepting nominations for 2018 class of The Outstanding Young Persons of Illinois. Each year, The Outstanding Young Persons awards program recognizes up to ten individuals between the ages of 18 and 40 who exemplify the best attributes of young people from across Illinois. Honorees reflect the vast diversity of young people that are making a difference in their community – whether they get involved through business, nonprofit and community organizations, or government service. For over fifty years, the Illinois Jaycees have recognized the Outstanding Young Persons of Illinois. A maximum of ten honorees will be selected from all nominations received, regardless of category entered. Young men and women may be nominated in one of the following ten categories:

  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

Nominees may be nominated by not for profit organizations, volunteer organizations, professional organizations, individuals, businesses, government agencies, and media sources. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at the Wyndham Springfield – City Centre. Honorees will be guests of the Illinois Jaycees for that day and night. Each award winner will receive a plaque.


The event is generously supported by friends and employers of our award winners, local and regional Jaycee organizations, Illinois Jaycees Charitable Foundation and Illinois businesses and corporations. Nomination forms must be submitted no later than February 1st, 2018. Download the nomination form HERE.