The fifth season of “Joy Bangla Youth Award” has called for entries from youths and organisations that transformed communities through social initiatives. The invitation for applications commenced on September 25 and will wrap up on October 23, said the award’s organiser Young Bangla, the youth secretariat of Centre for Research and Information (CRI). Young Bangla, the largest youth platform in Bangladesh, launched the Joy Bangla Youth Award in 2015 with a vision to recognize youth-led initiatives in social transformation and community development across the country. So far, Young Bangla hosted the award in 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2020. This edition of the award is going to be part of the celebration of Bangladesh’s 50th anniversary of independence.
Youth organisations working to improve the ability, opportunity, and dignity of marginalised and disadvantaged people through different initiatives can apply under “Social Inclusion”, which is split into six sub-categories — Women Empowerment, Child Rights, Empowering People with Disabilities, Empowering Marginalised People, Youth Development, Empowering Extreme Poor.
While youth organisations making significant contributions to their community through their time, actions, talents, and dedication can apply under “Integrated Community Development”, which is divided into another six sub-categories — Anti-Drug Awareness Campaign, Environment and Climate Change Activity, Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Response, Health Care and Awareness, Education, Sociocultural Initiatives.
Young Bangla encourages university-based clubs working for the youth community within the university through community service, campaigns, and activities to apply for this award.
Applicant organizations will go through a rigorous selection process consisting of tests, visits, and jury evaluation. The declaration of award winners and the award giving ceremony is expected to be held in December 2021. Young Bangla will showcase the award winners’ stories of change on its platforms.”