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August 12 is a day that is recognized as the International Youth Day around the world. Every year, the day is celebrated worldwide to recognize the efforts of the world’s youth in enhancing global society. It also aims to promote ways to engage them in becoming more actively involved in making positive contributions to their communities. In Bangladesh, many student communities and organizations celebrate the day with different activities. Celebrating International Youth Day, an UN-declared program dedicated to the youth, is one of the signature programs of the South Asian Youth Society (SAYS). This year SAYS celebrated the day, entitled ‘Simple Task: Great Heart’, with students from the higher secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels from all across the country along with a group of dedicated and active members of SAYS. The event took place at EM Kennedy Center, Dhanmondi, on August 11, 2012. Each of the participants came forward with their activities, reflecting the human trait of selflessness, which ranged from personal development works to contribution in community development.

A few of the participants shared their volunteering experiences while some made donations to the poor. The activities were primarily aimed at inspiring and motivating the youth to take a step ahead to bring about a better change, by exchanging simple thoughts and good deeds that show the positivism of youth. This session was followed by an ice-breaking session where eight groups were made and different topics were selected for those groups. This lead to tremendous brainstorming amongst the participants and built a stronger team spirit.

The 3rd and 4th consecutive sessions were conducted by Maruf Wali, a senior member of SAYS, and Mohammad Abir Mazumder, a consultant and executive member of SAYS, respectively on ‘Higher Education: Tips to choose preferable institute and ways of applying for scholarships’ and ‘How to find opportunities to apply for International programs abroad: useful websites, presentation of motivational letters, and steps of sponsorships.'

The day-long youth session ended with closing remarks by the Founder and President of South Asian Youth Society (SAYS), Towfique A. Khan, on the overall summary of the day’s celebrations, on how these experiences and knowledge can be acquired to help build leadership skills and how it plays a supreme role in the development of the youth in the country.

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