Joy Bangla Youth Award is the flagship event of Young Bangla, one of the biggest national platforms for Bangladeshi youth. The aim of Joy Bangla Youth Award is to acknowledge outstanding contribution by youth-led organizations from across the country in the fields of community development, cultural activities and sports development. So far, Centre for Research and Information (CRI), the secretariat of Young Bangla, has organized 3 editions of the award – 2015, 2017 and 2018.
Joy Bangla Youth Award 2015
In the first edition in 2015, Young Bangla organized eight divisional meets at the eight divisional headquarters in Bangladesh through which more than 1,500 applications were collected. From those, Young Bangla primarily selected 200 and eventually gave the award to 30 individuals and organizations for their outstanding work at the community level in areas such as promoting youth employability, ending violence against women, child and adult education, cultural activities, and so on. Sajeeb Wazed, ICT adviser to the honorable prime minister of Bangladesh and CRI chairperson, handed over the awards to the winners during an award giving ceremony at the Krishibid Institution Auditorium in Dhaka in May 2015.
Joy Bangla Youth Award 2017
In the second edition in 2017, Young Bangla went through an elaborate application call through online and offline channels. More than 1,300 organizations applied by registering online on the Young Bangla website, by email or by submitting hard copy of the application form. As many as 70 town hall and campus activations and eight divisional meetings were organized for over two months in as many districts and campuses and half of the 1,300 applications were collected in this channel. Through evaluation of forms, 102 organizations from all over Bangladesh were shortlisted, following which, Young Bangla teams paid field visits to each of these 102 organizations and prepared a list of 50 finalists. A distinguished jury panel – comprising members of parliament, bureaucrats, NGO workers, businesspersons and media professionals – selected the final 30 winners.
Joy Bangla Youth Award 2018
The third edition of the Joy Bangla Youth Award kicked off on October 26, 2018. 50 youth-led organizations got together in a boot camp. A discussion titled “Career Talk” was held in the opening session of October 27, where 200 youths including 60 winners of the previous two editions attended. Later in the day, YB organized a ‘Let’s Talk’, in which the topic ‘Joy Bangla of Youth’ was discussed. During the three-month long process of JBYA 2018, YB received 2500 application forms submitted by different youth-led organizations from different parts of the nation. Young Bangla followed a rigorous evaluation process to select the final 50 nominees and the awardees for this year’s award.
For years, several of those youth-led initiatives and organizations struggled to search out secure sources of finance and establish viable connections with the govt. instruments. Despite all types of social and financial hardships, several of them have overcome the toughest of odds within their various settings to emerge with sensible and innovative game-changing concepts for the betterment of the foremost down-trodden communities in a number of the remotest and peripheral locations in Bangladesh such as the tea gardens in the east, native communities in the southern hill tracts, and poor agro-based communities in the far north.
However, for many of them, the award has modified things drastically. They currently have a lot of bigger acceptability, respect and visibility in their areas and communities, leading, for most of them, to secure sources of finance, believability and a lot of necessary, support from almost all the walks of life such as the administration, enforcement and native business and influence groups.
Apart from ensuring visibility, Young Bangla has also acted as the bridge between these youth-led organizations and some of the leading public and private sector entities including ministries, corporations and business groups and conglomerates of the country.
Winners from all 3 of the installments of Joy Bangla Youth Award have got the opportunity to do internship with Ministries of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources and Foreign Affairs, ICT Division, and Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, and so on. Private sector entities such as Microsoft Bangladesh, aamra Companies, Sheba XYZ, Priyoshop, Augmedix have offered brand ambassadorships, internships, service engineers’ training, Techhub setup, labs and career trainings to award winners and also general Young Bangla members.