BBLT 9 taught me how to apply leadership in everyday life. Every day is an exercise in demonstrating competence and compassion, but most of all, courage; courage to go against the flow and push beyond my comfort zone. Before attending the BBLT program, I was often worried about not fitting into the wider system; I was always on the edges, restless, afraid, and complacent. The BBLT program taught me that’s exactly where I want to be—on the edge of things, beyond my comfort zone, looking for a challenge, and keeping an eye out for the next big thing.
BBLT 9 graduate, Winner of Davis Peace Prize in 2015
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