The Illinois Jaycees is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 class of the Outstanding Young Persons. Each year, the Outstanding Young Person 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.

Nominations are accepted in one of the 10 categories including: business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment; political, legal, and/or governmental affairs; academic leadership and/or accomplishment; cultural achievement; moral and/or environmental leadership; contribution to children, world peace, and/or human rights; humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership; scientific and/or technological development; personal improvement and/or accomplishment; or medical innovation.

The nomination form and more information about the award are available at or by emailing Nominations are due Feb. 1, 2018. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at the Wyndham Springfield-City Centre.

The Illinois Jaycees is a civic organization for men and women between the ages of 18 and 41 with a mission to provide development opportunities to empower young people to create positive change. The Jaycees are part of Junior Chamber International with nearly 200,000 young active citizens and over five million alumni -- including several world leaders.