BYLC 2019 attracts 200 youth

|    Danial Norjidi    |

AROUND 200 youth are expected to attend the second Brunei Young Leaders Convention (BYLC) 2019, which was announced by co-organisers Perspective Insan Academy, Al-Huffaz Management and Generasi Bekarih during a press conference at the Youth Centre in the capital yesterday.

The BYLC 2019 will take place at the International Convention Centre in Berakas from August 6-8. Participants include student council representatives, outstanding students, youth from non-governmental organisations (NGOs), graduates, jobseekers, young executives and youth excelling in various fields.

The press conference was led by Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Iswandy bin Ahmad, in his capacity as Chairperson of BYLC 2019.

The convention aims to unite relevant government, private, community and youth agencies, while delivering accurate and up-to-date information on Brunei Vision 2035, as well as mobilising local youth to achieve that vision.

Building on the achievements of last year’s convention, BYLC 2019 will include 200 approved applicants, three newly launched companies, two newly formed organisations and eight funded projects.

As with the previous year, this edition will carry the motto ‘BELIA’, which stands for ‘Believe’ in the ability of youth in achieving Vision 2035; ‘Empower’ to support, guide and advise; ‘Lead’ for youth to make positive changes in achieving goals; ‘Inspire’ through mentor support in terms of experience and involvement for leadership; and ‘Act’, for youth to take the necessary action in organising programmes and projects in line with Brunei Vision 2035.

Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Iswandy bin Ahmad, in his capacity as Chairperson of Brunei Young Leaders Convention (BYLC) 2019 speaks during the press conference. – RAHWANI ZAHARI

Throughout the convention, the participants will have the opportunity to learn current information on Vision 2035, build networks and interact with selected mentors through forums that will carry topics related to Vision 2035, as well as enhance their knowledge on organising projects.

Yang Berhormat Iswandy shared that BYLC was initiated to help improve upon gaps in which young people can play a role. He noted youth involvement at village and mukim levels as an example.

Noting youth involvement at mukim and village levels, he said, “As for our performance indicators, if we can mobilise handful of young people to start their own NGO, join an NGO, start a project, start their own companies or even initiate a simple activity that is suitable to their ability, that’s our benchmark.”

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Al-Huffaz Management and BYLC 2019 Vice-Chairperson Haji Mohammad Loqman Al-Hakim bin Haji Hamdan also noted that many participants at the first BYLC were graduates and students from institutions of higher education.

“This provided not just exposure for them, but also encouraged them to start their own NGO,” he said, adding that BYLC can help youth see opportunities and open their minds.

Meanwhile, Co-founder of Generasi Bekarih and BYLC Vice-Chairperson Hanis Osman spoke on how BYLC has helped with forging collaborations.

“Before this, whenever we see projects, most companies or NGOs do it by themselves, but through BYLC, eventually some groups of people find that they have similar interests,” he said, adding that many more are now in partnership.

He also spoke on ideation, “Sometimes an individual might have an idea, and through diverse discussions going on in BYLC, the idea can grow and that’s how big projects, small projects and activities are established.”

Registration for BYLC2019 is from today to July 13, via www.bylconvention.com.