Joy Bangla Youth Award 2023 celebrates grassroots young changemakers

Joy Bangla Youth Award 2023 celebrates grassroots young changemakers

Joy Bangla Youth Award (JBYA), the most prestigious award for the youth changemakers of the country, was announced on 18 November 2023. This year, CRI’s youth platform Young Bangla awarded 12 youth-led organizations for their outstanding contributions to the community and society. CRI’s Chairperson and the prime minister’s ICT adviser Sajeeb Wazed handed over the awards to the representatives of these organizations at a vibrant ceremony held at the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Youth Development, Savar.

More than 700 organizations from across the country applied for the seventh installment of JBYA. Through a rigorous selection process, 26 organizations were picked for the final stages of the competition. And finally, 12 were awarded.

At the award-giving ceremony, Nasrul Hamid MP, State Minister, Ministry of Power Energy and Mineral Resources, Bangladesh, and Trustee of CRI, delivered the welcome speech.

Speaking on the occasion, CRI’s Chairperson Sajeeb Wazed said, “I am grateful to the youth of Bangladesh, and to you. There are many questions, and Bangladesh has many hardships. But what I’m proud of is that you (youth) don’t worry about problems. You are thinking of solutions.”

“I have been telling the youth of Bangladesh from the beginning that we are standing on our own feet as a country. The youth of Bangladesh can also stand on their own feet. You can find your own employment through your own initiatives,” he said.

The process

The application process for JBYA 2023 began on September 15, 2023. The young Bangla team then conducted a systematic assessment of the applications. Based on the assessment, 31 organizations were picked for the final stages. Finally, a highly distinguished panel of the jury board went through a rigorous process to select the most impactful youth organizations. The jury panel consisted of activist and development professional Asif Munier, freedom fighter and public health professional Dr. Makhduma Nargis, artist and journalist Elita Karim, actor Mosharraf Karim, entrepreneur and public health communicator Maliha Mannan, captain of the Bangladesh women’s national cricket team Nigar Sultana Joty, and Nahim Razzak, MP.

This year’s award was given in six categories: Social Inclusion, Community Wellness, Skills and Employment, Climate and Environment, Innovation and Communication, and Art and Culture. Two organizations in each category won the award.

 The winners

Women’s Dreamer Cricket Academy

‘Women’s Dreamer Cricket Academy’ has been working to create an inclusive society. Arifa Jahan Bithi from the organization said that the academy has made great strides in empowering women through engaging them in sports.

Valo Kajer Hotel

Since 2019, ‘Valo Kajer Hotel’ has been working to help the landless and floating people in Dhaka. About 2,500 volunteers work for this organization daily to help all these people. The organization aids 1200–1300 marginalized people daily.

Wreetu Health and Wellbeing Foundation (Wreetu)

Wreetu Health and Wellbeing Foundation (Wreetu), led by Umme Shameen Kabir, provides access to menstrual health education and affordable period products for girls and women in Bangladesh. The organization provides counseling and services on women’s safety, women’s workplace, and employment opportunities, creating awareness among adolescents about their own safety and child rearing.

Sombhabona

Since 2011, ‘Sombhabona’ has been working on several social issues, including sustainable development, women’s empowerment, and the reduction of gender inequality. Moshfeka Jannat said that this organization is working with 200 volunteers. Currently, it provides education to street children, sewing training for women, and other trainings for self-reliance.

Clear Concept

‘Clear Concept’ has been working for health protection and awareness since 2019 with more than 250 active members from 35 universities and medical colleges in the country. It is a health technology platform.

Team Atlas

‘Team Atlas’ has been working since 2016 in the field of innovation and communication, and one of their major achievements is in robotics and space exploration, where they won the gold medal at the World Robotics Championship. Team Atlas is working with a total of 120 people, including 80 active members.

Nopom Foundation

‘Nopom Foundation’ conducts various social activities, including organizing blood donation programs, creating social values, street dramas, and book fairs.

Altruistic Pupils Youth Organization (APYO)

‘Altruistic Pupils Youth Organization’ (APYO) is working for the development of the backward communities of Rangamati. Since its establishment in 2017, this organization has been working to provide health services and create social awareness among the Mro community.

Wildlife and Snake Rescue Team in Bangladesh (WSRTB)

‘Wildlife and Snake Rescue Team in Bangladesh’ (WSRTBD) is working to create awareness and protect wildlife in 40 upazilas of the country. Md. Shahidul Islam said the organization provides training and advice on wildlife conservation, starting with snake rescue.

Eco-Network Global

Eco-Network Global is working to create awareness about climate change. This organization, led by Shamim Ahmed Mridha, conducts its activities through networking and counseling. More than 50,000 people have benefited from this organization, which is run by more than 1,500 volunteers.

Abhinandan Foundation

Kanchan Chandra Roy established the ‘Abhinandan Foundation’ in 2017. At present, this organization has more than 100 active members, through whom about 35 thousand people are receiving services.

Tonger Gaan

To promote the art, literature, and cultural practices of our country, Mahmudul Hasan Abir Mia created the platform ‘Tonger Gan.’ It connects people with the country’s culture. It carries out social awareness activities, including child education, women’s rights and safety, child marriage, and health awareness.

For more insights of Joy Bangla Youth Award 2023, follow: https://youngbangla.org/jbya-2023-award-ceremony/