JCI News Tendai Concilia Wenyika of Zimbabwe selected as one of the 2012 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World
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For her extraordinary work in social activism for African youth, Tendai Concilia Wenyika of Harare, Zimbabwe was named a 2012 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) recipient in the category of political, legal and/or governmental affairs. 


Tendai Concilia Wenyika shows her spirit of active citizenship everyday through her advocacy work in Zimbabwe and across Africa. In 2004, she became the first woman in Zimbabwe at any university to be elected as President of the Students Representative Committee. Starting in her country and then expanding to her continent, Wenyika served on the Zimbabwe Youth Council and quickly became involved with the Pan African Youth Union (PYU).  


Her role with the PYU is on the youth task force. She oversees the entire South African region and implements programs that encourage the active participation of young people in the economic, political and social decisions of the country. She still, however, focuses on her own country, and played an instrumental role in starting the Zimbabwe Young Women’s Network and the Zimbabwe Entrepreneurs Youth Association. 


Wenyika took her social activism to the next level by taking part in a grassroots peace mission in Somalia helping children with reorientation into their country post-conflict. She inspires youth to fight for their voice to be heard in the civil and government sector. She has been an integral part in giving women the strength to participate as activists in their communities and shows others that 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 impacts on a local and global level.


These ten young active citizens will be honored at the 2012 JCI TOYP Ceremony and reception Tuesday, November 20 at the JCI World Congress in Taipei, Taiwan.


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 more than 100 countries, members seek targeted solutions to local problems, creating a global impact.


Visit www.jci.cc to learn more.



Krissy Durant, Programs Manager, JCI (Junior Chamber International)



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