Noticias — October 22, 2015

David Smolansky Urosa of Venezuela Selected as One of the 2015 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World

For his extraordinary work in social progress, David Smolansky Urosa of Venezuela was named a 2015 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) recipient in the category of political, legal and/or governmental affairs

At the age of 20, with the years of his college career being marked by highly political, economic and social difficulties, Smolansky took action and led a national protest on public safety, sparked by the brutal kidnapping and murder of the Faddoul brothers. 


Smolansky condemned these crimes and demanded that the right to life be guaranteed. He began his quest in leadership defending the rights and freedoms of Venezuelans. Smolansky gave a pivotal political speech vowing himself to public service as a means to transform his country. He finished his university studies while continuing to defend his fellow citizens and in December 2013, Smolansky became the youngest Mayor in Venezuela when he was elected as the El Hatillo Municipality Mayor. Through this position, he has tirelessly worked to ensure the safety of more than 100,000 habitants of El Hatillo; since his election, crime rates have dropped significantly. Smolansky’s policy changes have affected more than just the crime rates in Hatillo. He has introduced new environmental inspections, accountability systems as well as tackled some of the municipality’s biggest education system flaws. He continues to serve his position with vocation and conviction despite dangers and threats from central government. 


Smolansky’s administration is aimed at establishing modern and effective communications, through transparent management and operations. He promotes social progress and better standards of life so that all humans can enjoy freedom of speech and belief. 



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 2015 JCI Awards Ceremony featuring the 2015 JCI TOYP Honorees on Saturday, November 7 at the 2015 JCI World Congress in Kanazawa, Japan.


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 5,000 communities across nearly 120 countries, members seek targeted solutions to local problems, creating a global impact. 


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