News — September 23, 2013

Fumiya Ito of Japan selected as one of the 2013 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World

For his extraordinary work with the farming industry and employment for the disabled, Fumiya Ito of Japan was named a 2013 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) recipient in the category of business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment.

 

During his time at university in Japan, Fumiya Ito participated in an internship that changed his life. During his time working on a local farm, Ito involved himself in a project that would soon provide opportunities for a marginalized part of the local population. Partnering with a city councilor, he took a leadership position at Gokigen Farm and utilized unused land to provide job opportunities to disabled people. This project addressed two of his community’s challenges: a shortage of farming workers and increasing unemployment of disabled people. 

 

Ito dedicated time and hard work expanding the farm’s land and resources, providing numerous jobs to the disabled. He harnessed the power of social media and blogging to promote the concept and gather more supporters, partners and volunteers. Gokigen Farm revitalized the regional agricultural industry and as demand for the crops increased, so did job opportunities for the local handicapped. Ito also focused on fixing the reputational damage to the farm industry caused by leaks from a nearby power plant. Gokigen Farm produces organic products free from contamination and Ito focuses on creating awareness amongst local customers of the farm’s tested and protected produce. 

 

Jobs at the Gokigen Farm have provided not only employment, but also a sense of pride and purpose for the disabled people in his community. Ito continues to work diligently to break down the prejudices and discrimination faced by the handicapped. He has offered them a sense of self-worth and a way to participate fully in society each day through employment and community engagement. Their careers at Gokigen Farm are made possible by the hard work and compassion shown by Ito and his fellow active citizens. 

 

 

JCI TOYP

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 2013 JCI Awards Ceremony featuring the 2013 JCI TOYP Honorees Friday, November 8 at the 2013 JCI World Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 

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 sustainable global impact.

 

Visit www.jci.cc to learn more.

 

Contact:

Krissy Durant, Membership Services Director, JCI (Junior Chamber International)

members@jci.cc

 

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