About the Omaha Jaycees

What we are all about

Mission – The mission of the Omaha Jaycees is to better our members by bettering our community.

Vision – We build leaders by individual development, community involvement, business and management opportunities and networking and relationship development.

History – The Omaha Jaycees has been the premier leadership development organization in Omaha since 1921. Our members come from a variety of professional and personal backgrounds.

The Omaha Junior Chamber of Commerce, better known as the Omaha Jaycees, is the oldest young professional organization in the Omaha metro, building strong community leaders for those ages 21 to 40 since 1921. The Omaha Jaycees focus on developing their management and professional skills through community development projects. The Jaycees have four strategic areas of commitment: Community, Individual Development, Management and Membership. Our Community Impact area provides our members volunteer opportunities both led by the Jaycees or through partnerships with local organizations. Our Individual Development area enables members to build upon their professional and personal skill sets. Our Management area focuses on building business relationships and financing the activities and efforts of the Omaha Jaycees. Our Membership area is the core of our organization and is responsible for current member satisfaction, new member recruitment and external promotion of the Jaycees.

The Jaycees are most notable for the Ten Outstanding Young Omahans (TOYO!) project held annually since 1933, making it the longest running Jaycee project in the world.  The event, in it’s 86th year locally, grew nationally (TOYA) and internationally (TOYP). Other annual initiatives include Hometown Holidays, benefiting the Nebraska Children’s Home Society, and Brush Up Nebraska, in partnership with Project Houseworks.

Meet the Team

The Omaha Jaycees Current Board Members

Derek Smith

VP of Finance

Heidi Garvin

VP of Marketing

Andrew Galvin


Brendy Shishido

Vice President

Brent Shishido

VP of Communications
The Omaha Jaycees Current Directors

Katie Bruno

Director of Hometown Holidays