Introducing the 2016 Queen's Young Leaders: Osama Bin Noor

Osama Bin Noor is one of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners of 2016. Osama is the co-founder of Youth Opportunities, an online platform which advertises scholarships, internships and conferences. Osama is also the resource co-ordinator of Volunteer for Bangladesh Dhaka District, which offers young people the chance to take part in community service programmes. He hosts Teen Tekka, a popular radio show dedicated to teenagers in Bangladesh. Here Osama speaks about the impact of the radio show he hosts for teenagers in Bangladesh called Teen Tekka.

In his own words: Osama Bin Noor, Queen's Young Leader 2016

Being a teenager can be a vulnerable stage in a person’s life, as it is the time when we transition from childhood to adulthood. This transition can often be difficult, with various overwhelming emotions sometimes making it hard to distinguish between right and wrong. Changing bodies, falling in love, getting bullied, and many other scenarios can result in teenagers being scared to express their feelings.

​Around 65% of the population in Bangladesh is classed as ‘youth’. When I was a teenager, I struggled a lot and did not have a safe haven to talk about my problems. That is why I decided, along with three friends, to set up a radio show to create a comfortable place for young people to discuss their fears and concerns.

My work with Youth Opportunities and Teen Tekka helped me to win a Queen’s Young Leader Award. This has motivated me a lot and made me determined to continue to help young people in the future

We chose radio as the medium, as it is easy for everyone to access. The pilot show aired on 21st April 2015. The response to the first show was overwhelming and made me realise how much the teenagers needed this.

Through my organisation Youth Opportunities [an online platform which advertises scholarships, internships and conferences] I have always tried to guide young people on how to excel in their careers, but the radio show was a completely new experience for me. By reading the messages of the teenagers and hearing their stories, I was happy to be able to provide some personal guideline for them as well.

The strength of the show is that we maintain a strict privacy policy, so teenagers can share their story anonymously, without the fear of being judged. During the two hour show, we not only offer advice, but also try to show the power of positive energy and, most importantly, how they can overcome their problems. The show also has fun elements and today we are a family of more than 2,500 teenagers, which continues to grow.

My work with Youth Opportunities and Teen Tekka helped me to win a Queen’s Young Leader Award. This has motivated me a lot and made me determined to continue to help young people in the future.

The Queen’s Young Leader Award recognises and celebrates exceptional people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth, who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives. Winners of this prestigious Award will receive a unique package of training, mentoring and networking, including a one-week residential programme in the UK during which they will collect their Award from Her Majesty The Queen. Find out more on The Queen's Young Leaders' website.​

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