The Joy Bangla Youth Award ceremony was held on Monday (20 December) at Sheikh Hasina National Youth Center in Savar maintaining Covid-19 safety measures.
Organiser of the event, Young Bangla, took strict safety measures against the infectious virus while organising the ceremony.
As the country's young changemakers converged on the Joy Bangla Youth Award venue, they, along with the guests, had to undergo a mandatory Rapid Antigen Test.
The organisers made the seating arrangement for 160 guests with a minimum distance of 2.5 feet between two guests.
Young Bangla handed over the "Joy Bangla Youth Award" to 15 youth-led organisations for the social changes they spearheaded.
Organisations that won the award are - Dhrubotara Youth Development Foundation (DYDF), The Tech Academy, Asmani Jubo Nari Foundation, Amal Foundation, Third EYE, EcoVation Bangladesh, Bangladesher Dushprappo Chobi Somogro, Steps Ahead, Moner School, TransEnd, Reflective Teens, GenLab, Diner Alo Hijra Unnyon Mohila Songstha, Bangladesh Tea Community Student Youth Council and Medhabi Kallyan Sangstha (MKS).
This year the hype of the Joy Bangla Youth Award was on full blast as it is made to coincide with the country's 50th year of independence whose watchword was the slogan Joy Bangla.
Recorded speeches of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her ICT Advisor Sajeeb Wazed Joy were aired during the programme.
Radwan Mujib Siddiq, a trustee of the ruling Awami League's research wing Centre for Research & Information (CRI), handed over the award to 15 youth-led organisations, recognising their contribution to their communities.
Since its inception in 2014, Young Bangla, the youth secretariat of CRI, has been awarding the youths who spearheaded social changes in different parts of the country, even in remote areas.
This year Young Bangla has received entries from a total of 750 youth-led organisations, out of which 31 were primarily nominated. Among them, 15 will finally claim the award.