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Journey towards Joy Bangla Youth Award 2018

After a nearly four-month long process of registration, activation, and scrutiny of over 2500 applications, Young Bangla has finally come down to a list of 50 finalists for the Joy Bangla Youth Award 2018.

During the process, the volunteer teams of Young Bangla, led by the winners of Joy Bangla Youth Award 2015 and 2017, played a key role in making sure that the best organizations from the grassroots applied for the award. The media and Young Bangla’s network partners also extended a praiseworthy helping hand in disseminating messages throughout the registration process.

Network Meeting:
Prior to the application call, there was a pre-call network meeting with the winners of JBYA-2015 and 2017, coordinators of Sheikh Russel Digital Labs (SRDLs), campus ambassadors from several universities, district e-Shop Centres, all of whom are Young Bangla members. During that meeting at Dhaka in June, the roadmap for the next phases of multi stakeholder meetings at district levels, upazila activations, the evaluation and scrutiny process were laid.

A nationwide activation process initiated soon after the pre-call network meeting through district, upazila and campus activations.

Multi-Stakeholder Meetings:
Joy Bangla Youth 2015 and 2017 Awardees and Young Bangla volunteers organized Multi-Stakeholder Meeting to share the promotional plan of Joy Bangla Youth award 2018 along with Young Bangla’s mission, vision and initiatives. These meetings took place in DC office/Press Club of each of the 35 districts.

Upazila Activation:
As decided at the network meeting in June 2018, the awardees of 2015 and 2017 and Young Bangla volunteers around the country organized Joy Bangla Youth Award 2018 promotional activation programs in 144 upazilas. These activations were targeted for creating a buzz in the root level and collect applications from the youth-led organizations working in their community. Almost 2000 applications were received from these upazila activations.

Campus Activations:
To reach out the educational institute based organizations and initiatives a total of 18 campus activations were organized in Dhaka. Close to 200 organizations applied through these activations.

Evaluation phase:
The Young Bangla secretariat primarily sorted 100 organizations out of the 2500 applications received from upazila and campus activation in the country by following a set of rules and criterions for an award-worthy organization. It was followed by field-level assessment where YB officials visited the top 100 organizations’ work areas and their offices.

This year the award will be given to 30 organizations during a two-day program on 27-28 October 2018. Sajeeb Wazed, Chairperson of CRI and ICT Advisor to the Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh, will be present to hand over the awards to the winners during two separate programs at Sheikh Hasina National Youth Development Institute, Savar.

All the 50 finalists have been invited at the venue which has good residential facilities. Two representatives from each of the 50 finalist organizations will take part in a two-day grooming and networking program before the main award function.

Joy Bangla Youth Awards Fringe Events
All the 50 finalists have been invited at the venue which has residential facilities. Two representatives from each of the 50 finalist organizations will take part in a two-day grooming and networking program before the main award function.

The award ceremony will be alive when representatives of selected organizations assemble at the venue form the noon of October 26. There will be an orientation session at that night when participants will get to know each other.

The power-pack award event will kick-off from October 27. The morning will be marked with a session called “Career Talk” participated by 200 youths including previous 60 awardees. The participants will get a platform to share success stories as entrepreneurs, about barriers and challenges and ways to overcome challenges. Also, interactive discussion will take place on recruitment process, human resource development, etc in the session. Representatives from Joy Bangla Youth Awards 2018 partner organisation: Sol Share, Priyo Shop, Sheba XYZ, Audmedix, Microsoft, Kormo, E-Village, Gemcon, Bangla Cat, Aamra Group of Companies, Beximco, Square and Summit Group, will share their enterprising journey and give orientation about the challenges related with hiring fresh entrants to business entities.

Next on the roster is Young Bangla secretariat, Centre for Research and Information (CRI)’s signature program “Let’s Talk” on 27th October (Saturday) from 3.00 pm – 5.00pm. The topic of discussion is Tarunner Joy Bangla, (Joy Bangla of Youth) with an all youth panellists working in different sector, namely 3 Joy Bangla Youth Awardees (2015 & 2017) from culture, community and micro entrepreneurship and 3 renowned persons from sports, adventure, and entrepreneurship (SME). The session will be moderated by CRI Senior Policy Analyst, Barrister Shah Ali Farhad. The panel includes Nishat Majumder- First Everest Bangladeshi Climber, Bhasani Akter- Women Entrepreneur, Mahfuza Khatun Shila- Swimmer along with previous Joy Bangla Youth Winners Umme Syema Joya, Anis Morshed, and Kumar Bishwajit. Diverse topics ranging from mental and physical health, education-skill and employment to civic responsibility and future Bangladesh are going to be discussed.

A Gender Training session titled “#BE BRAVE End Violence Against Women and Girls” on 28th October (Sunday) from 09.15 am – 11.15 am. The 2-hour gender session will be conducted on 28th October morning by Dr Syed Md Saikh Imtiaz, Associate Professor at the Women and Gender Studies Department of Dhaka University. The participants will include members of the 50 selected organisations for the JBYA 2018 along with other selected Young Bangla members. The session consists of a series of co-curricular community centric activities aimed at developing a positive mind set among the youth, especially men regarding the rights of women and girls. Every participant has to reflects on how he interacts with and treats the members of the opposite gender, discuss their perspectives and stigma surrounding gender stereotypes and address issues surrounding gender based violence in the local and national level.