Centre for Research and Information (CRI) organized a day-long “Idea Circle” on April 24, 2017 at the Santoor Restaurant in Dhanmondi, Dhaka as part of the preparation for the upcoming Joy Bangla Youth Award 2017, scheduled for October.
A total of 20 Young Bangla members, comprising mostly the winners of the Joy Bangla Youth Award 2015, participated in the Idea Circle along with the members of the Young Bangla team. There was representation from all the eight divisions of the country.
The program was organized to share and update the plans for the award, one of the biggest events of Young Bangla – the biggest youth platform of the country. The Young Bangla members enthusiastically put forward their suggestions for the big event, how it can be made better, what mistakes were made the last time the program was organized, and where they can contribute this year.
This year the award will include a separate category for organizations that work to uphold and spread the spirit of the Liberation War. Which means, such organizations will be able to apply for the award. This suggestion was put forward by one of the participants at the Idea Circle.
CRI trustees Radwan Mujib Siddiq and Nasrul Hamid, MP, state minister for power, energy and mineral resources, and Nahim Razzaq, MP, member of the parliamentary standing committee on the ministry of youth and sports, attended the program and listened to what the participants had to say about how their lives changed after receiving the award two years ago.
This year, the Joy Bangla Youth Award will be given in three broad categories, which are: (1) Community Development, (2) Cultural Activities, and (3) Sports Development. Under Community Development, there are several sub-categories such as violence against women, disaster response, vulnerable communities, youth training and education, etc.