With a youth population of nearly 50 million, it is imperative that national policies and political agendas prioritize youth development over the next few years. This can only happen if youth are effectively informed and included in processes that shape public policy. However, it is widely felt that youth outside of major political parties have little opportunities for democratic participation. In order to amplify the voices of young citizens, BYLC is hosting the Youth Leadership Summit 2018 to empower youth, build their leadership capabilities, and engage them in political processes so that their priorities are heard and reflected in national policies.
The Youth Leadership Summit 2018 (YLS) will bring together 400 young people of diverse backgrounds and professions from all over Bangladesh for three days of leadership training, discussions on social issues, and collaborative activities. The Summit will feature knowledge sharing plenaries on issues that affect youth including public leadership, gender equality, peace and inclusiveness, education, and employment. Participation at the Summit will not just last three days, delegates will be engaged throughout the year to ensure that youth voices are included in government agendas.
Share ideas and learn from distinguished leadership instructors, thought leaders, and policy makers
Engage with others from different backgrounds to co-create a Youth Manifesto reflecting the priorities and recommendations of young people
Co-create a Youth Advisory Council who will ensure that youth voices are represented in government agendas and national policies
Competitively selected through a rigorous application process, the YLS delegates will have the opportunity to lend their voices on youth development in Bangladesh by co-creating a Youth Manifesto. This Youth Manifesto will be disseminated throughout the country through various channels and will be used as an advocacy tool for youth.
To ensure that the recommendations on the Manifesto are truly heard, BYLC will be selecting 10 high performing young leaders from the Youth Leadership Summit 2018 to form a panel and represent the youth of Bangladesh on a national level. The panel will have the opportunity to interact with government officials and industry leaders, and advocate on behalf of the youth population to ensure that action steps are taken.
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Honorable Speaker of the Parliament
Advisor to the Honorable Prime Minister
Honorable State Minister for Youth and Sports
Former Warden of Keble College, Oxford University
DFID Country Representative
U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh
WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE YOUTH LEADERSHIP SUMMIT TAKE PLACE?
The three-day Youth Leadership Summit 2018 will take place from September 27—29, 2018, at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BECOMING A DELEGATE?
• You will learn some essential leadership theories and skills that will help you lead change on behalf of issues that are important to you;
• You will engage with distinguished leaders, policy makers and innovators from various sectors and ensure that your concerns are heard;
• You will work with other young people to co-create a Youth Manifesto that will be presented to relevant stakeholders;
• You will have the opportunity to be a part of the Youth Advisory Council;
• You will become part of a powerful network of bright and accomplished young leaders from all over Bangladesh.
Who can apply?
Any student studying in any accredited university in Bangladesh is eligible to apply. We are also inviting applications from young professionals aged 30 or below. As a significant part of the Summit involves interactive activities and discussions, you should come prepared to actively participate in all the sessions. All selected delegates will be provided reading materials prior to the Summit in order to maximize their learning at the Summit.
How much will it cost?
Selected national student delegates will have to pay BDT 6,000 to register for the Summit. For young professionals, the fee is BDT 8,000. Registration fee will be used to cover meals, souvenirs, certificates, course materials.
Is financial aid available?
Financial aid will be available to admitted delegates with demonstrated financial need.
What are the acceptable methods of payment for registration?
Selected delegates will have the option to pay either by an account payee check, bKash or pay order drawn in favor of Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center. No cash payment will be accepted.
How selective is admissions?
The admissions process is quite competitive. In the first round, all the online applications will be reviewed by an admissions committee. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for the second round of assessment, which will include a personal interview. Finally, 400 participants will be selected as delegates to the Youth Leadership Summit 2018.
If I am not selected as a delegate can I still expect to receive feedback from you?
We try our best to support the development of the young generation. However, due to our resource constraints we will not be able to provide individual feedback to applicants who will not be invited for the second round of assessment. If you are selected for the interview and do not make it to the final pool of selected delegates, we will be happy to share with you a scanned copy of your assessment form with comments from the interview board members.
Do I have to stay for the entire duration of the Summit?
Yes, as a delegate you will be required to stay for the entire duration of the Summit. The Summit structure is designed in such a way that it builds on the concepts covered the previous day. The overall experience will be most valuable for you if you are present in all the sessions at the Summit.
Will I get accommodation facilities?
No, BYLC will not provide accommodation facilities for the delegates.
Can I attend the Summit if I am not a registered delegate?
No, you will not be able to attend the Summit without going through the admissions process.
What are the “key” dates to remember?
Application deadline: August 18, 2018
Youth Leadership Summit: September 27-29, 2018
Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC), the country's first leadership institute, exists to build connections among youth from diverse backgrounds, equip them with leadership skills, and enable them to have high impact in public, private, and civil sectors. All our efforts aim to strengthen prosperity, justice, and inclusivness in societies worldwide.