Toyo 2017


Toyo 2017

They’re passionate. They work hard. They’re committed. They lead.

For over 85 years, the Omaha Jaycees has honored individuals between the ages of 21 and 40 who show exemplary commitment to improving the Omaha community through selfless acts of kindness while excelling in their professional careers.

TOYO! is the longest running Jaycees event in the nation.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Matt Darling, Omaha Community Foundation

  • Alec Gorynski, First National Bank

  • Steph Guy, Alvine Engineering

  • Jasmine L. Harris, Defy Ventures

  • Dr. Sofia Jawed-Wessel, University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Nick Langel, Union Pacific Railroad

  • Tim Royers, Millard Public Schools

  • Jaymes Sime, MICAH House

  • Yvonne Sosa, Douglas County Public Defender’s Office

  • Lindsey Spehn, Gallup

In 1939, JCI USA followed the model of TOYO! and brought the program to the National level, creating the Ten Outstanding Young Americans. It was eventually adapted at the international level with the Ten Outstanding Young Persons. Hundreds have been recognized as a TOYA or TOYP.