In April 2018, Youth Policy Forum (YPF) initially began as a knowledge platform that wanted to connect the young people and give them a space where ideas from all walks of life could come together and be discussed, where they could not only discuss with each other, but older professionals who were interested in the voice of the youth. But gradually Team YPF realized that simply a space for discussions was not enough; Not everyone was fully educated about a large chunk of the issues discussed and there needed to be more education in general about problems, existing policies and necessary policies. YPF then moved on to be a platform to educate as well, both by means of expert panels and discussions where young people can learn from leading economists, researchers, scientists, policymakers, etc, and collaborative learning webinars that allow the youth to discuss and share what they learned.
Over the years the forum has evolved to include a wide variety of additional activities and is still in a constant state of flux to meet the ever evolving challenges. The forum now as a large portfolio comprising of Policy Networks in the areas of Environment, Economic Opportunities, Infrastructure, Gender and Inclusion, Healthcare, Education, Technology, Law and Justice with more added to the list as time progresses, a Mentorship program that connects young aspirants to seasoned professionals for early advice on how to prepare for their respective fields, weekly summaries of local and foreign events, large standalone dialogue serieses like Talking Policies and The Budget Dialogue 2020, and numerous local and international collaborations where YPF works to help communities with research, connecting people and disseminating information.
Moving forward, YPF aims to move towards being an advocacy group on top of what it already is in order to carry forward the impacts of its large portfolio of expert panels and research to active policy reform to fulfill its vision of progressing Bangladesh by bridging youth and policy.