Outstanding Young Iowan

There are individuals in all our communities who quietly go about the business of making a difference with no thought to recognition. Now is the time to provide that recognition. The Iowa Jaycees are pleased to announce we are accepting nominations for the Outstanding Young Iowan (OYI) Award, recognizing people ages 21 to 40 making an impact in a variety of fields, including business, political, academic achievement and humanitarian efforts. This is the highest award given by the state organization to a community individual, not necessarily a member of the Jaycees.


This annual award is designed to recognize those individuals who have demonstrated a unique impact to the community. By nominating an individual from your community, you have the chance to say “thank you” for making the community a better place, to network for future collaborations, and to inspire other communities with incredible ideas.


OYI nominations are due September 1, 2017 and the nominator will be notified by September 6, 2017 with instructions to inform the individual and information to collect by September 10. Awardees will be recognized September 30 as part of the evening banquet at the upcoming all-state convention in Waterloo, September 30th, 2017.

Through an intense judging process, up to 3 individuals will be honored as recipients of the Outstanding Young Iowan award.Those receiving the recognition are truly accomplished in their fields and/or in giving back to their communities.  These individuals represent the best of the best and individuals we should strive to emulate in our everyday actions. Each Honoree has shown a commitment to hope, reminding all Americans that no problem is too difficult when handled with grace, ingenuity, courage, and determination.