Startup Chattogram wins Joy Bangla Youth Award 2020

Joy Bangla Youth Award is the flagship event of Young Bangla, the youth platform of Awami League’s research wing CRI (Centre for Research and Information). This year 30 organizations all over the country won Joy Bangla Youth Award 2020. Joy Bangla Youth Award aims to recognize the youth’s effort who initiated and carried forward positive social changes and the outstanding contribution by youth-led organizations from across the country in the fields of community development, cultural activities, and sports development.

For years, youth-led initiatives and organizations did not get proper attention. They struggled for a source of funding and established a connection with the government instrument. Despite all the hardship, youths are turning around lies and transforming their communities. These young minds are solving the problems with sensible and innovative game-changing concepts for the betterment of society.

The prime minister’s son and ICT advisor Sajeeb Wazwed Joy announced the winners at a virtual Programme organized by Young Bangla. Forty-seven organizations were chosen for the final from 600 groups of youths aged between 18 to 35 years. Joy said the winners were trying to resolve the problems they found in the society while others always prefer to complain. For their outstanding work joy thanked them for working for the poor children, people with disabilities, and other marginalized people.

Awardees of previous years were connected with direct interaction with policymakers and networking among themselves, which helped them continue and enhance the services they were already doing to their communities. This Award inspires the youths to do more for society. For example one of the winners Arafatul Islam Akib – Founder and CEO of Startup Chattogram, expressed that this Award worked as an intensive to work harder to create a change in society.

The initiatives of the young change-makers are listed below. 

Bloodman HealthCare, MASTUL Foundation, World Youth Army, Central Boys of Raozan, Mission Save Bangladesh Foundation, Footsteps Bangladesh, Safety Management Foundation, Plastic Initiative Network (PIN), Youth Environment and Social Development Society (YESDS), Psycure Organization, Dip Medical Services & Dipasha Foundation, Pohorcanda Adarsa PatagarUttaran Juba Sangathan, Cinema Bangladesh, Happy Natore and Sashtha Indrio.

The initiatives under the Empowering Extreme Poor category are OBHIZATRIK Foundation, Miserable Welfare Association, Hate Khori Foundation, Ek Takay Shikkha and Goodfeelm.

Initiatives under Youth Development category are Unmesh, Ignite Youth Foundation, iTecH School and Positive Bangladesh

Initiatives under Women Empowerment category are Deshi Ballers and Youth For Change Bangladesh.

Centre for Rights; Development of persons with Disabilities (CRDD), Bangladesh Wheelchair Sports Foundation and Hobiganj Association for Autism and Social Development (HASSI) are under Empowering People with Disabilities category. 

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