Joy Bangla of Youth
Young Bangla presents the stories of the Joy Bangla Youth Award winning organizations. Led by youths from a cross-section of Bangladesh, these organisations are addressing range of issues that are critical to local and national development. As a result, these individuals and their organisations are playing a key role in building a strong sense of community in their localities and contributing in the national effort to build a prosperous country. Find the Joy Bangla stories of courage, love and compassion of young men and women who have been slowly but surely changing their communities bit by bit.
ICT and IDEA Platform
The nation’s largest Innovation Platform - ‘Innovation Design & Entrepreneurship Academy (iDEA)’ project initiated “Startup Bangladesh” with the support from ICT Division. In 2018, iDEA and Young Bangla jointly implemented ‘Student to Startup’ initiative with the motto “My Innovation, My Dream”. The Student to Startup Initiative kicked off its first chapter by targeting 40 Universities of 8 divisions in the country. With over 6000 applications and more than 2000 teams pitching for their entrepreneurial dreams, final phase of the contest brought them to the ‘National Startup Camp’ where 10 teams won the pre-seed fund worth 10 Lacs BDT.
Workshop on Gender-Based Violence and Women’s Safety at Public Places
Centre for Research and Information (CRI), the secretariat of Young Bangla, organized a three-day long residential workshop on ‘Gender-Based Violence and Women’s Safety at Public Places’ at the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Youth Development, Savar. The workshop was organized in collaboration with United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Center for Men and Masculinities Studies (CMMS). During the workshop the facilitators, participants and organizers were engaged in interactive sessions, discussions, debate, group work, presentations, informal talks and lots of fun-filled activities.
Young Bangla to Prevent Gender Based Violence
Youths from the Young Bangla network who attended the workshop on ‘Gender-Based Violence and Women’s Safety at Public Places’ took the lessons home back to their respective organisations and came up with a range of activities to engage their communities. These organisations and its youth members took it upon themselves to initiate community policing to prevent incidents of sexual harassment during events celebrating the Bangla New Year. Some organizations have also organized awareness seminars and meetings with educational institutions, transport sector, villagers and religious leaders through an array of activities in the localities and through the differnet online platforms.
Way Forward Meeting with Joy Bangla Youth Award winning organizations of 2018
The ‘Way Forward’ meeting with 2018’s Joy Bangla Youth Award-winning organizations was held in Dhaka on 5th and 6th February 2019. The main agenda of the network meeting was to explore further scopes of strengthening the Young Bangla network with the award winner of 2018 and to share Young Bangla’s scopes to work in collaboration with these organizations on upcoming events ‘Mujib Year 2020-21’ and a campaign on ‘Women’s Safety in Public Places’. This was the first official meeting with 2018’s awardees to form a better understanding of their organizational activities and explore future areas of work.
Gram Hobe Shohor: Government’s vision of transforming villages into cities
On 11th March 2019, Young Bangla facilitated the session ‘Gram Hobe Shohor: Government’s vision of transforming villages into cities’ on the 3rd day of the 4-day long National Youth Assembly of talented youths, which was organized by Jaago Foundation in Cox’es Bazaar. This round of National Youth Assembly (NYA) 2019 was themed “Empowering Youth for National Development”. Young Bangla formed a panel of five consisting of four Joy Bangla Youth Award Winners. This Four-day long assembly was attended by 500 youth from 8 divisions of Bangladesh, ended with a promise to change Bangladesh for better.
5 Years of Rocking with the Spirit of 7th March
Young Bangla-CRI organised the Joy Bangla Concert for the fifth consecutive year on 7th March which attracted the largest crowd hitting the records with nearly 35,000 visitors. The Joy Bangla Concert since 2015 is more than just a musical event; it is a memorandum of hope to all young souls and a chance to relive the spirit of freedom, patriotism and the historic 7th March speech of the Father of the Nation – Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Apart from the massive crowd, several million people at home and abroad watched the event live on several satellite TV channels, radio stations and social media platforms.