Zim Zimbo in the running for youth award show rare unity

Youth empowerment advocate, James Bayanai, is in the running for one of the most prominent youth international honours, the Junior Chamber Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World, for his contribution to education.

James Bayanai
James Bayanai

Ahead of an event that will honour the youth in November in Rio de Janeiro, the 30-year-old appealed to Zimbabweans to vote for him. He is among 20 candidates vying for recognition.

Each year, the JCI TOYP programme honors 10 outstanding young people under the age of 40. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission and provide extraordinary service to their communities.

“Bayanai passionately believes that education is the root of success and focuses his energy and passion on ensuring young people have access to education,” JCI stated.

Bayanai embraces his responsibility to educate the youth by sharing his story with others, gathering support and moving others to take similar action.

He is currently working on a project educating youth on the importance of climate change and providing a sustainable scholarship fund for rural youth.

Bayanai established the Zimbabwean Youth Development Foundation Trust and showcased his grassroots literacy work at various international youth forums to gain support and inspire others to take action for social good.

He formed partnerships with other countries and communities interested in helping the education of Zimbabwe’s rural youth, most prominently the Bisila Bokoko Foundation.

Sharing his passion for providing opportunities to youth, Bayanai expanded his work internationally by participating in a youth empowerment project in the slums of Brazil to keep youth away from drugs and crime.

Votes for the JCI TOYP are cast through the website: http://www.jci.cc/toypvote/

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