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A charged-up day at the Joy Bangla Youth Award 2018 bootcamp

Almost two hundred youthful souls have come together in the bootcamp at Sheikh Hasina National Youth Development Institute. They experienced a day full of interactive sessions where they mingled and shared experience and learnt from each other. There were some meticulously designed sessions that allowed the participants to gain insights on different youth related topics such as skill and education, startups, career management, leadership and organization development, mental health, civic responsibility, etc. In-between very serious discussions, there were some informal chit-chats, photo shoot, and lot of fun. Over all it was a day to cherish for the participants.

‘Career Talk’
This was a new addition in the roster of events in the JBYA 2018 award ceremony. This session was both very serious and exciting at the same time. The participants and the guest speakers together explored the new avenues for building career. The session was an unforgettable one with mind-blowing presentations by some veteran HR officials. Representatives of CRI’s partner organizations – SOLshare, Augmedix, Priyoshop.com, Sheba.xyz, Kormo, Gemcon Group, Beximco LPG, Summit Communication, Square Toiletries, BanglaCat, Microsoft-Young Bangla internship, E-village project, Aamra participated and shared some tips upgrading skills for future job search and entrepreneurship ideation. Guest speakers were very keen to interact with the youth participants and they all have talked about future scope to widen partnership with Young Bangla. The speech and presentations were vibrant as well as motivating for participants. They also gave hands-on tips regarding CV writing and facing interview. There was a shared view that today’s youth are much more interested in entrepreneurship and risk taking than the previous generation.

Stall visit and CV dropping
There were separate stalls for the partner and sponsor organizations/companies. The finalist of Joy Bangla Youth Award 2018, previous awardees and all young Bangla members visited those stalls. The companies collected CVs from the interested participants.

Let’s Talk on Joy Bangla of Youth
This time the Let’s Talk was a bit different. From participants to panelists, it was all youth; no policy maker. Among the panelists, there were Joy Bangla Youth Award winners – Anis Morshed, Kumar Biswajit and Umme Sayma Joya, Nishat Majumdar; first Bangladeshi woman to summit Mt. Everest, and Bhashany Akter, a teacher and entrepreneur . This event was moderated by Barrister Shah Ali Farhad, Senior Analyst, Centre for Research and Information (CRI). The session consists of four segments – 1. Physical and Mental Health, 2. Education, Skill and Employment, 3. Role of Youth as a Citizen and 4. Future Bangladesh in the eye of Youth.

Apart from the panelists, the participants had the opportunity to share their views, questions and suggestions on various youth related issues.

Story sharing session
The last session of the day was dedicated to the participants, both the finalists of Joy Bangla Youth Award 2018 and previous awardees. Winners of 2015 and 2017 JBYA talked about the activity of their organizations and their experience since the recognition. Some of the finalists of this year’s award talked about their initiatives and ask questions to previous awardees. This was a highly fruitful session as it allowed the youth groups to frankly share their ideas and discuss about scopes for joint initiatives under Young Bangla Platform. At the end there was a segment on skills for sustainable organization.