Awards and Recognition

Awards and Recognition

Recognition programs are a fundamental part of the Jaycee movement. Individuals and chapters are recognized for their activities and accomplishments in their communities as well as personal and professional development.


Recognizing the work of the members of your chapter is important and can be as simple as a thank you note or writing a letter to their employer after a job well done as a project chair. Recognizing the work of your members can also take a more public form- submitting them for awards at the state and national level.


JCI Minnesota has a robust member recognition program that includes both individual member achievements AND chapter-wide achievements. Awards and other special recognition are given at each of our major conventions each year. JCI Minnesota also uses incentives to motivate chapters and individuals to accomplish great things in their community.

Project Management Guide (PMG)

The Project Management Guide (PMG) is one of the best tools for success that JCI Minnesota has. It is a ten-step project business guide used to plan and evaluate a project and has been effectively used by Jaycees in launching many successful projects, businesses (Dominos Pizza, for example) and even political campaigns. The PMG is a series of questions designed to guide the project chairperson and the members of the committee through the process of running and evaluating the project.



There are nine (9) categories recognized by JCI Minnesota and JCI USA for award. See the Project Categories Definitions document for a full description, examples, and tips for properly categorizing projects.  The first seven questions of a PMG should be completed prior to the event’s execution. The remaining three questions are completed after the event/project has been completed.



For award consideration, submit the PMG to the Management Development VP and the Awards Program Manager by the date designated in state calendar, electronic newsletter, official Facebook group and other communications vehicles.  The PMG Judging Criteria will be used to evaluate all submissions.

Project Awards Categories
Local Economic Development Program

Projects conducted with the goals of creating or improving business and economic opportunities and/or productivity in the local community.

Inter-organization Collaboration Project

Projects conducted to provide benefit to chapters and their members from collaborating with members of other JCI USA and JCI organizations.

Local Personal Skill Development Program

Programs conducted that further the JCI Mission by creating development opportunities for young people to create positive change and developing the skills of individuals.

Local Growth and Development Program

Programs conducted that aim to grow JCI in order to create development opportunities for more young people in their community.

Local Community Empowerment Program

Programs conducted that are designed to promote or improve the quality of life for people in the community and assist with community needs and also extend the JCI Mission.

Long-term Local Community Development Program

Projects and programs run over a period of more than one year to improve the community and extend the JCI Mission.

Local Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program

Programs that further the UN Global Compact’s Mission to promote and spread the values of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Local Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Project

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. For information on the SDGs click here.

Best Local OMOIYARI Project

Projects run by JCI Local Organizations that contribute to and promote lasting world peace.

Single Project Award

Single Project Awards are a region award only. This award form provides chapters with an opportunity to receive recognition for a project they may not choose to submit to the state, but want the opportunity to receive recognition for the project. This is a great way to recognize first time project chairs for a project they ran.


Contact your regional director or cross-assigned VP for submission process.

Individual & Chapter Awards

Submitted by a chapter a minimum of one month prior to each convention. The purpose of these award are to provide recognition to your Chapter, Board of Directors, Jaycee, New Jaycee, Chapter Newsletter, Website and Directors. Individuals compete against others holding the same title at the regional level. And then Silver and Gold winners at the Regional level are submitted to state for final judging where they will compete against other Silver and Gold winners from across the state for the chance at winning Bronze, Silver or Gold. Note: A submission does not guarantee an award.



Open the People Awards template and click on the Instructions tab. Then, click the home tab to enter chapter numbers before adding position specific content on the Individual tabs. Then, send the workbook to your Regional Director or cross-assigned VP by the designated due date.

2017 People Awards 


Presidential Medallions  – Recognize members of the organization who made an impact to the chapter, organization or an individual in the organization. This submission can be made by anyone and can be given out at any time – not just convention. An example of a submission could be: You could submit RD Paul for a medallion for something fabulous he did for you or the chapter. Or, Meredith could submit Joe Member for a medallion because he ran a new project that made $$ for the chapter and he signed 2 new members in the process. Note: A submission does not guarantee an award.



Outstanding Alumni – The Outstanding Alumni Award is designed to provide recognition to an Alumni Member who continues to provide assistance and support to the local chapter. Note: A submission does not guarantee an award.



Helping Hands Awards – This award can be submitted by anyone to anyone who was a big help to them. Example: You could submit an award for a member of your chapter who always steps up to be a support when you need it most or always volunteers to put together the special invitations for all of your big projects. There is also a special award for Kids who made an impact to the chapter. Note: A submission does not guarantee an award.

Year-End Awards (Best of the Best)

Annual Key Awards – Nominations are due to State President at the end of the year by deadline established by State President. Key awards are a recognition tool for Chapter Presidents, State Delegates and members of the State Staff for their commitment to the organization, programming, membership growth, and extensions to name a few.


Outstanding Year-End Awards – The “Outstanding of the Year” memorial awards are decided upon by the State President at the end of the year based on an individual’s commitment, service, and impact throughout the year.

  • Outstanding Community Project of the Year
  • Outstanding Chapter President of the Year
  • Outstanding State Delegate of the Year
  • Outstanding Vice President of the Year
  • Outstanding Regional Unity of the Year (Frank Vadnais Award)
  • Outstanding Minnesota Statesman of the Year
  • Outstanding JCI Minnesota Senator of the Year
  • Outstanding Alumni of the Year


Annual Report – The annual report is a recap of everything your chapter, district, region, or state accomplished in the year. It is recommended you complete your Civic Leadership Certification Submission and use that data to complete your Annual Report.

National Awards

The State President works with local individuals across the state and selects those that will be submitted on for national consideration. Contact the state Management Development Vice President at if you are interested in submission for national awards.