News — October 03, 2016
Jean Pier Xavier de Liz of Brazil Selected as One of the 2016 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World
For his role in creating sustainable development, Jean Pier Xavier de Liz of Brazil was named a 2016 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) recipient in the category of political, legal and/or governmental affairs.
Whether through professional practice, politics or dedicating his time to social and humanitarian causes, Jean Pier Xavier de Liz has utilized his leadership role and the principles of JCI to impact lives, promote positive change and shape innovative national programs to create a better society.
Liz has demonstrated active citizenship in his community of Rio do Sul for many years, first leading Rio do Sul’s Cultural Foundation, before participating in politics and becoming councilman for the city in 2004. Today, he holds office as the Vice Mayor of Rio do Sul. In his first year as vice mayor, he created the program “My Neighborhood, My Home,” which is inspired by the JCI Active Citizen Framework. The project allowed all 38 city resident associations to report the greatest challenges and needs of their community directly to their officials in a democratic way. Throughout his term, Liz has created and led several initiatives to advance sustainable development including the Sustainable Cities Program, the Internal Commission for Combating Corruption, and the “Better Young, Better Society” program, which develops leadership skills, ethical values and active citizenship among local youth. Over 600 young people have participated in “Better Young, Better Society, empowering them to take sustainable action in their communities.
Liz’s role in government has provided him with the opportunity to promote and take action to create sustainable development, combat corruption and empower young people in Brazil. By embodying the JCI values, Liz has demonstrated how service to humanity is the best work of life.
JCI (Junior Chamber International) honors ten outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission and provide extraordinary service to their communities. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, these young active citizens create positive impact on a local and global level.
These ten exceptional individuals will be honored at the 2016 JCI Awards Ceremony featuring the 2016 JCI TOYP Honorees on Thursday, November 3 at the 2016 JCI World Congress in Québec City, Canada.
About JCI: JCI is a worldwide membership-based nonprofit organization of young active citizens ages 18 to 40 who are dedicated to creating positive change in their communities. Through projects in more than 5000 communities across nearly 120 countries, members seek targeted solutions to local problems, creating a global impact.
Visit www.jci.cc to learn more.