September 10, 2021, St. Louis, USA — For her persistence and deep faith in herself, Jennifer Canaveral of Colombia has been selected as a 2021 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) Honoree in the category of Personal Improvement and/or Accomplishment.
Jennifer Canaveral is the first non-hearing architect of the University of Columbia and a beacon of inspiration in her field and beyond. Although she cannot hear, Jennifer communicates with great ease, thanks to her mother’s support and the education she received at the Institute for Blind and Deaf Children in Cali, Colombia. This nurturing environment led her to master lip reading in three languages and earn a masters degree in urbanism. Her dreams are divided between her projects and endeavors, love for society, motivation to be better and an inexhaustible happiness.
Jennifer is an inspirational entrepreneur, interdisciplinary advisor, and architecture and urban design consultant. She motivates others as a captivating presenter sharing her incredible story in roles such as the Inclusion and Disability Ambassador for Samsung Colombia and Peace Ambassador to the Friends of UNESCO Corporation. Jennifer’s kind spirit is seen in her volunteer work with people of all abilities through her mission to teach lip reading and create a more inclusive world for all.
In her capacity as an architect, Jennifer specializes in public spaces, bicycle paths and accessibility at the Urban Development Institute in Bogotá. She was the first non-hearing speaker honored at TedxBogotá; leader of the “Artists for an Inclusive World” project of the International Day of Disability and has been named an Alumni Shaper by the World Economic Forum community.
Her most recent endeavor is to become the first female non-hearing triathlete and she currently spends much of her time dedicated to the discipline required to reach such a lofty goal.
An entrepreneur, artist and leader, Jennifer has conquered more than 30 national and international stages and will continue reaching higher to accomplish her dreams and make the world a more equitable place.
About 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 have extraordinary accomplishments regarding individual development, business and entrepreneurship, community action and international cooperation. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, these young leaders create beneficial solutions on a local and global level.
The ten honorees will be recognized at the 2021 JCI Awards Ceremony at the 2021 JCI World Congress in November.
About JCI: JCI, a global leadership organization, provides personal and professional development opportunities to young leaders age 18 to 40. Through its international network of around 110 countries, JCI unites all sectors of society and empowers the leaders of tomorrow to turn challenges into opportunities today. For more information, visit juniorchamber.international.