Thirty organisations have won the Joy Bangla Youth Award 2017, for their outstanding contributions to promoting youth employability, ending violence against women and promoting education.
The second edition of the Joy Bangla Youth Award was held at the Sheikh Hasina National Youth Complex in Savar on Friday evening.
The awardees were separated into the categories of community development, culture, and sport.
The winners under the community development category are: Kaaktadua, Sylhet; Barisal Youth Society, Barisal; Shopno Dakho Social Welfare Organization, Jessore; Be Related to Audio Visual Education (BRAVE), Chandpur; Iccheypuron Samajik Sangathan, Sylhet; Durbur Foundation, Comilla; IPositive, Thakurgaon; Model Live Stock Advancement Foundation, Dhaka; Jagoron Club, Satkhira; Potenga Protibondhi Unnoyon Shongothon, Chittagong; Kollol Foundation, Natore; Manobsheba Mulok Shongothon Prottoy, Moulvibazar; Amar School, Gaibandha, Uttaran Bangladesh, Moulvibazar; SPaRC – Supporting People & Rebuilding Communities, Rangamati; Works For Humanity, Dhaka; Manob Kollankami Onathaloy, Netrokona; Shishu Bikash, Naogaon; Iccheypuron Samajik Sangathan, Sylhet, and Shadheen, Dinajpur.
Meanwhile, those awarded for their contributions to the cultural arena are: Choupash Nattanchol, Bogra; Quizards, Dhaka; Kothon Sangskritik Songsod, Jhenaidah; Innovator Boi Pora Utshob, Sylhet; Mukto Sangskritik Songho, Panchagarh; Theatre Murarichad, Sylhet, and Jumful Theater, Rangamati.
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Finally, the awardees under the category of sport are: Syamnagar Football Academy, Satkhira; Wheel Chair Cricket Welfare Association Bangladesh (WCWAB), Gazipur, and Rangatungi United Women Football Academy, Rangpur.
Young Bangla Convenor Nahim Razzak inaugurated the two-day programme at 3:30pm.
State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Zunaid Ahmed Palak and State Minister for the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid Bipu were present at the programme, among others.
This year, Young Bangla, a youth platform of the NGO Centre for Research and Information (CRI), nominated 50 of the top youth-led organisations for the second edition of Joy Bangla Youth Award. CRI announced the nominees after short-listing them from 1,300 aspirants, over 82 sessions in four months.
CRI Executive Director Sabbir Bin Shams said the Joy Bangla Award is not only a prize for positive work, but also an initiative to encourage youths to become entrepreneurs.