Commutiny The Youth Collective (CYC)

Project Theme

Youth and Active Citizenship

Target Group


Project Period

01 Sep 2015 - 31 Mar 2016

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ComMutiny – The Youth Collective (CYC) was registered as a trust in 2008 to promote the rights of young people for participation, development and leadership. It was founded by Pravah and Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) and one of the main founders is Ashraf Patel. Their interventions are focused on media advocacy, creative media, campaigns and policy research.  Some of their prominent interventions have been Changeloomers network, Must Bol (Gender based campaign) and ‘Promoting the 5th space’. The 5th Space concept is central to the work of CYC. They have conceptualized the 5th Space as a space that equips young people to understand themselves, address conflicts, build cross-border relationships, clarify their values/stances, and develop leadership skills by enabling them become learners for life and  nurture a learning society along with them. CYC’s mission is to facilitate engagement of youth in social change action through building understanding, acceptability and demand for 5th Spaces across stakeholder groups.


Project Summary 

The project looks at amplifying, nurturing and evaluating the 5th space concept.  Their planned objectives  include 

1.Promote young leaders and youth led organisations to engage on issues of social exclusion and gender based violence within their communities. 

2.To enable a range of stakeholders like youth collectives, autodrivers, civil society groups, and media groups to expand and strengthen the concept of 5th space 

3.Enable active social media engagement to create awareness on issues of social exclusion and gender based violence.


About the Project: The project looks at amplifying, nurturing and evaluating the 5th space concept which will be done by engaging with youth and youth collectives on social issues like social exclusion and gender based violence. It will also look at strengthening the 5th space concept by creating new partnerships and expanding the stakeholders engaging with the concept.


Impact of running this project: 

The planned  specific outcomes of the project  for September 2015  to March 2016 include:

A)  Let's Move Forward Together - Campaign on wheels

1.125 auto rickshaw advertisements and posters designed by professionals and young people 

2.1000 young people engaged and excited about campaign on wheels featuring autos, bus, cycles, walk-athons etc

3.At least 400 young people, including auto rickshaw drivers, engaged in conversations around social inclusion 

B) 4 Common Action days per year

1.Collective engagement and running of 4 Common Action days across the country on 5th Space and issues of social inclusion

2.3 new and existing partners will be engaged and 1500  young people will actively participate in Common Action Days 

C) Increased social media activity aimed at creating awareness

1.Active social media engagement with target groups

2.Social media report with comments on YouTube and Facebook, on ground feedback from participants from various workshops, events and film screening.



i.250 young leaders have been supported over the years as part of the Changeloomers in partnership with Pravah. Currently this is a 9-month leadership journey with 100 passionate young change makers leading social action initiatives that address social exclusion in 6 states including UP, MP,W Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Delhi NCR.

ii.Bas! Stop Discrimination Right Now campaign reached 40,000 young people onground and over 250,000 people online over a period of 4 months. 

iii.My Space My unManifesto, with support from a coalition of 45 youth-led  and youth engaging civil society organizations across 20 states and 2 Union Territories, has engaged 120,000 young people onground and 1,500,000 people online in a period of seven months.