The Ten Outstanding Young Malaysians Award (TOYM) program originated from Junior Chamber International’s (JCI) Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP) program. It was developed by Durwood Howes (Jaycees President, USA) in 1930 and adopted by JCI in 1982.
The TOYM program serves to recognize up to Ten individual Malaysians between the ages of 18 and 40 who exemplify the best attributes of the country’s young people. Honorees of TOYM will have an opportunity to represent Malaysia to nominate for the International TOYP Awards against 122 other countries. The awards take place at Junior Chamber International’s Annual World Congress.
The TOYM program was launched by Junior Chamber International Malaysia (JCIM) in 1985 to commemorate the International Year of the Youth. JCIM then decided to enact this program as an annual project.
The main objective of TOYM is to provide recognition to Outstanding Young Individuals, thereby serving as inspiring examples and incentives to Young Malaysians. It is our hope that these individuals forge ahead to greater heights of achievements in the spirit of selfless dedication for the further development of the community.
To accord recognition to Young Malaysian between the ages of 18 to 40, whose dedication to their profession or life undertakings has resulted in exceptional achievement, in the form of significant contributions to the progress or welfare of the community at large and to the advancement of their respective field of endeavor.
To create public awareness and give proper recognition to the outstanding achievements of the honorees, thereby serving as inspirational examples and incentives to the young Malaysian to forge ahead to greater heights of achievements in the spirit of selfless dedication for the further development of the community.
Honorees selected in past years have represented the heights of progress in all human endeavors. Many have gone on to even greater achievements. All have continued to serve humanity in a great variety of ways.