When I enrolled in APL 2 in 2013, I did not have a clear idea about what I wanted to do after graduation or how to prepare myself for my first job. Attending the APL encouraged me to think more deeply about my life goals and how to pursue them. The workshop did not show me what to do or how to do it, but helped me to think critically, and changed the way I see the world. Meeting other young minds, attending sessions, and doing activities together pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me stronger. The most important thing I learned from the APL workshop was the difference between authority and leadership which encouraged me to take on more responsibility. I started thinking about my career and planning for it more efficiently. Furthermore, I now have a network of friends from all over Bangladesh. The workshop taught me that leadership can certainly be taught.
APL 2 graduate, Young Professional, BRAC
The youth make up a majority of Bangladesh’s population, and BYLC is playing a key role in shaping today's generation and transforming them into tomorrow's leaders. BYLC helped me to get out of my comfort zone and encouraged me to take on challenges. It is an extraordinary platform which brings together diverse youth from all sectors, and through extensive leadership training, each participant learns the core essentials of leadership to become a significant part of the country's development.
Osama Bin Noor
BBLT 5 graduate, Co-founder, Youth Opportunities
The BBLT program came at a formative time for me. I was challenged to look more critically at how I interacted with others, forced to get out of my comfort zone and learn about viewpoints I hadn't been exposed to before, and work collaboratively in a diverse team towards a common goal. Our world is beset with multiple crises that threaten our very existence and it is in our ability to work together, at both micro and macro levels that'll determine whether we can build a safe and peaceful future world. In the context of Bangladesh, BYLC addresses this in a unique way that I haven't seen any other organization do quite so explicitly -- bridging the gap between the three educational mediums. I continue to have many friends from madrassa background, and I can quite clearly say I wouldn't have had this if not for BYLC. This kind of bridging is the vital work of leadership.
BBLT 2 graduate, Campaigner for Avaaz