The world today is fractured along ideological, religious, and cultural lines. Deepening gaps in values and a disregard for individuals who look different and think differently have led to a sharp rise in confrontation and conflict among communities and countries. In a world where more than 42 percent of its population is below the age of 25, BYLC believes that it is critical to engage our youth in conversations around collaborative leadership, inclusiveness, and tolerance.
The Youth Leadership Summit 2019 will bring together 500 university students and young professionals, competitively selected from Bangladesh and around the world, along with a constellation of reputed speakers, to facilitate an intergeneration dialogue on pressing issues that affect young people. The theme for this year’s Summit, Strength in Unity: Shaping the Future, is born out of the belief that the values that unite us are stronger than the forces that divide us. The Summit will be a celebration of the commonalities between people from different backgrounds, using that as a vehicle for bridging gaps in society.
The Summit will feature a mix of plenaries and concurrent panels on issues ranging from why leadership matters to the role of ethics in leadership to entrepreneurship. It will also offer delegates the opportunity for networking, building and practicing leadership, and sharing ideas on how youth can shape our collective future.
Previous Summit speakers have included distinguished leaders from private, public, and civil sectors as well as faculty from Harvard, MIT, and Oxford. The keynote speakers for the 2019 Summit will be announced in April 2019.
Learn to exercise leadership effectively on behalf of the issues you care about deeply.
Share ideas and learn from distinguished leaders and innovators from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.
Become part of a powerful global network of bright and accomplished young leaders.
You are eligible to apply for the Youth Leadership Summit 2019 if you are:
A university student
A young professional up to the age of 30
*Preference will be given to applicants who are able to demonstrate commitment to public service
WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE YOUTH LEADERSHIP SUMMIT TAKE PLACE?
The three-day Youth Leadership Summit 2019 will take place from July 11-July 13, 2019, 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 2019.
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 16, 2019
Youth Leadership Summit: September 27-29, 2019
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.