Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center
Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center launched a career expo in Dhaka's Mohakhali on August 13 (Saturday), focusing on the development sector. With over 500 registered participants, more than 20 participating employer organisations, and 20-plus youth engagement and club partners, the expo targets to link graduating students, fresh graduates, and young professionals with experts and professionals. Speakers at the opening ceremony of the career expo urged students to work on their skills to increase their scope of employability and work for sustainable development. Read: BYLC Career Expo 2022: Learn Leadership Skills, Use Them, and Move Up in Your Career NGO Affairs Bureau Director General KM Tariqul Islam said: "We are fortunate to have a large youth demographic. We need to make the effort to train them with relevant 21st-century skills that will help them compete on a global level and connect them with the right employers who can make the best use of their skill sets." "The youth of Bangladesh need to have a commitment to nation building, equality, honesty, and self-confidence to ensure that they effectively lead the movement for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)," Rasheda K Choudhury, executive director of the Campaign for Popular Education, said. "We want to host career expos with the private sector and government institutes in the future," BYLC Executive Director Tahsinah Ahmed said. Read BYLC Ventures hosts Cohort 5 selection bootcamp "BYLC will continue to work with and for youth to equip them with leadership, professional, and entrepreneurial skills that will enable them to work with integrity and have a high impact in public, private, and civil sectors," she added.
Tahsinah Ahmed has been appointed as the new executive director of Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC), the country’s first leadership institute. The new appointment will be effective from Wednesday, said a press release of BYLC. Tahsinah brings to BYLC nearly three decades of professional experience in the development sector. She has effectively led some of the most successful youth-serving and workforce focused institutions in Bangladesh, including UCEP Bangladesh where she served as its first female executive eirector and BRAC where she established and led the BRAC Skills Development Program. Prior to UCEP Bangladesh and BRAC, Tahsinah worked for the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, Save the Children USA, Action Aid Bangladesh and UNESCO. Read: BYLC Career Expo 2022: Learn Leadership Skills, Use Them, and Move Up in Your Career Among other key roles, she served as an advisor of Generation Unlimited Bangladesh, a dynamic platform for the advancement of young people in the country. “We conducted an extensive search for an executive director with the right kind of skills, values, and expertise to lead the next chapter of BYLC’s growth,” said Ejaj Ahmad, President and Founder of BYLC. “I am confident that Tahsinah Ahmed, with her stellar track record of institution building and leadershipin nonprofit organizations, is the ideal executive eirector to lead BYLC into the future.” “We are delighted to welcome Tahsinah Ahmed to BYLC. She is an outstanding choice as an executive director, bringing with her a wealth of management and leadership experience,” said Akhter Matin Chaudhury, Chairperson of BYLC’s Governing Board. Also read: BYLC Ventures: Cohort 4 winners announced “I am inspired by the work that BYLC does to build a better Bangladesh by training the next generation of leaders. I will do my best to take the institution to new heights as a Center for Excellence through which today’s youth become the change agents that the nation seeks,” said Tahsinah Ahmed.
Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) Ventures has launched a new cohort for young entrepreneurs to help them make their mark in the business world. After completing four cohorts, BYLC Ventures started taking applications for its fifth cohort on May 19. BYLC Ventures was launched in 2019 to help young founders give shape to their entrepreneurial initiatives. Also read: BYLC Ventures: Cohort 4 winners announced The accelerator programme's goals include funding the most promising founders in Bangladesh and supporting their leadership capabilities, business acumen, and business ideas. The winning teams of BYLC Ventures Cohort 5 will receive seed funding of Tk8 lakh with the option of a further Tk20 lakh in additional investment. They will also have access to a co-working space, mentoring, and a rigorous accelerator curriculum for six months. Read: BYLC Career Expo 2022: Learn Leadership Skills, Use Them, and Move Up in Your Career Twenty startups have received seed funding and training from BYLC Ventures since its inception. They created employment opportunities for over 300 people and generated combined revenue of more than Tk3 crore. "Young entrepreneurs continue to struggle to find a strong footing and get the right support to take their business forward," says Barisha Rabbe, senior manager at BYLC Ventures. "We provide the ideal platform for young entrepreneurs. Apart from mentorship and networking support, we help them grow and scale up their ideas into sustainable businesses," he added. Read BYLC launches Volunteer Awards 2021 Applications for the fifth cohort are open until June 24.
"BYLC Volunteer Awards: Pandemic Heroes 2021" was launched Thursday. The winners were selected from over 800 individual and over 70 organisation submissions across 64 districts. The awards aimed to recognise the contributions of individuals and organisations working for social issues within their communities during the pandemic. Through this award, the Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) wants to promote partnerships between youth changemakers, community members, and other stakeholders to contribute to the government's vision of achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Also read: BYLC hosts virtual run to observe Int’l Youth Day Winners were shortlisted based on their contribution, impact, reach, and engagement in the categories of individual and organisation submissions. Ten winners of the individual volunteer category received a social action project grant of Tk10,000; the top three volunteer organisations received grants of Tk25,000, Tk20,000, and Tk15,000. Speaking as chief guest at the event, Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Md Atiqul Islam said: "Volunteers are essential to building an inclusive city and country. Even DNCC's mandatory masking campaign is being run by volunteers. We cannot achieve development without the contribution of volunteers who go out of their way to engage in social welfare." Paula Roos-Schindeler, deputy head of mission of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh, was a special guest at the event. "It takes a lot of resources and time for any organisation or government to reach every single community, identify their issues, and solve them. Young people can address some of the issues of their community because they understand these challenges and have greater chances to engage with the people," she said. "During a crisis, the first thought that crosses people's minds is their survival and wellbeing. Even during these challenging times, the winners of the BYLC Volunteer Awards thought of their civic responsibility and worked for the welfare of their community," said BYLC President Ejaj Ahmad.
Youth Leadership Summit, a four-day event hosted by Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) will kick off on Wednesday evening. The virtual summit, supported by Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) of the UK Government, will bring together over 300 youth competitively selected from all over Bangladesh. Foreign Minister, Dr. AK Abdul Momen will attend the opening ceremony of the summit as the chief guest. Dr. Gowher Rizvi, International Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh and International Advisory Board Member, Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC), will chair the opening ceremony. Also read: BYLC hosts graduation ceremony Special guests will include Swedish Ambassador to Bangladesh Alexandra Berg von Linde, Acting Mission Director and Resident Legal Officer, USAID/Bangladesh Milan Pavlovic, and Director Generalof NGO Affairs Bureau K.M.Tariqul Islam. Also read: BYLC Ventures holds virtual entrepreneurship bootcamp The summit will consist of plenaries and workshops featuring industry experts and policymakers. This year, 302 delegates will be crafting solutions together to achieve inclusivity for all youth in terms of opportunities to work, exercising equal rights, access to better health, livelihood, education, and skills development within society. Also read: BYLC hosts virtual run to observe Int’l Youth Day
Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) has launched the BYLC Volunteer Awards 2021 to recognize the contributions of individuals and organisations working for social issues within their communities. The awards aim to foster a spirit of community service and active citizenship among youth, while promoting exemplary practices in community leadership. Through this award, BYLC hopes to encourage partnerships between youth change makers, community members, and other stakeholders to contribute in achieving the government’s vision of SDGs by 2030, said a BYLC press release. Individuals and organisations who have positively impacted the community through their outstanding contributions are eligible to apply to the BYLC Volunteers Awards 2021. READ: Climate action: BYLC holds World Environment Day Creative Competition Individual change makers will be awarded in the categories of: Inclusivity, Community Leader, Emerging Leader, and Action Against Anti-social Behavior. For organisations, the award category is Social Innovation. Contributions of applicants will be evaluated in six criteria: role, impact, reach, engagement, challenges, and inspiration. READ: BYLC to host Youth Leadership Summit 2021 To apply for BYLC Volunteer Awards 2021, applicants need to fill out and submit the registration form by July 25, 2021.
Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) will host a four-day-long Youth Leadership Summit 2021 from August 4 to 7. The Summit aims at mobilizing youth to take a step forward in building a country that provides equitable opportunities for all citizens, not just for the privileged few. The virtual summit, supported by MJF and UK aid, will bring together 400 youth selected from all over the country. Read Global Youth Climate Summit 2021 urges pressing actions to combat climate change Participants will have the opportunity to network, learn, and practice adaptive leadership and 21st century life skills, and design initiatives that can help create an inclusive Bangladesh. BYLC will accept applications for the summit until June 12, to apply and more information visit- https://bylc.org/yls2021/. "In 2021, Bangladesh celebrated the golden jubilee of independence and also qualified to graduate into a developing nation from the LDC status after 45 years,” said Imran Chowdhury, senior manager operations and RME, BYLC. READ: BYLC Ventures holds its largest virtual boot camp to date “However, to prepare us well for the transition and ensure an inclusive sustainable development harnessing the demographic dividend of our country, we need to empower the youth and ensure inclusiveness and equality in society”, he said. This year, delegates at the summit will be listening to the voices of marginalized youth for crafting solutions together to achieve inclusivity in terms of opportunities to work, exercising equal rights, and access to better health, livelihood, education, and skills development within society. Read BYLC hosts graduation ceremony
A study of Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) and the Centre for Urban Studies (CUS) has found that while 97% of Bangladeshi youth are aware of climate change but only 50% perceive this as a current problem.
Women still have to confront discrimination and harassment at workplaces despite contributing to social development and welfare from their respective position, speakers at a webinar said Saturday.