Building Bridges through Leadership Training Junior (BBLTJ) is a month-long program designed for secondary school students in grades 6 to 10. The program, adapted to suit the learning needs of students aged between 12 and 16, focuses on sensitizing a younger audience to the values of leadership, teamwork, community service, and active citizenship. Taught by BBLT graduates, the program specifically targets students in secondary school to instill positive values during their formative years, so that these lessons of leadership and building bridges remain influential throughout their lives.


Building Bridges

Building Bridges

Young people from the three divergent educational systems are united with the intent of challenging the divisiveness perpetuated by the existing structure.

Leadership Training

Leadership Training

Participants develop diagnostic and problem-solving skills through large class discussions and small group case analyses. Additionally, public speaking workshops enable them to strengthen their communication skills.

Leadership in Action

Leadership in Action

Participants apply their skills and knowledge by engaging with underserved communities through innovative service projects.



  • Introduce students in their formative years to the concepts of pluralism, active citizenship, and inclusive leadership
  • Promote pluralism by encouraging participants from diverse backgrounds to identify common ground and develop a shared vision for effectuating positive change
  • Provide participants with a concrete understanding of the challenges and rewards associated with leadership
  • Create opportunities for BBLT graduates to further develop their leadership skills by teaching leadership to secondary school students

343 Graduates


10 Programs

Hours of Community Service

4923 Hours of Community Service

Building Bridges Through Leadership Training Junior

Jahedul Islam-testimonail

Jahedul Islam

Project Executive

Standing in front of bright, idealistic BBLTJ participants, I often find that even if we come from different backgrounds, our thinking is the same. That we are not merely a part of a classroom, but a unit. This sense of solidarity motivates me to unite young minds to foster social cohesion in Bangladesh

Zayan Waziha Faiyad-testimonail

Zayan Waziha Faiyad

BBLTJ 4 participant

Participating in BBLTJ 4 was one of the most transformative experiences of my life. The lessons from the program have given me the perspective to make the most out of news experiences without feeling overwhelmed, and being prepared for opportunities presented to me. The values of tolerance and civic engagement will remain with me forever.