Ashraf is the Convener and Co-founder of CYC.

She is passionate about promoting youth development through the co-creation of 5th Spaces across the country in partnership with youth engaging oganisations. She is also a human development professional by heart and is interested broadly in the field of life long learning and the issue of social inclusion. Her key attention currently is on advocating for great investment in youth work from all stakeholders and strengthening partnership and nurturing national international and regional youth collectives

A post graduate in Human Resources from XLRI, she is a co founder of Pravah. She was the first CEO of Pravah and shaped the early years of the organization for nine years. She is an Ashoka Fellow and was also one of the finalists in Jubilant Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2016. She was awarded distinguished Alumni in 2015 by her Alma mater XLRI. Ashraf is currently representing ComMutiny- The Youth Collective on the steering committee of the Commonwealth Youth Workers Association ( CAYWA) . She is part of the steering groups of campaigns and organizations including Pravah, Bal Sahayog, Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (WNTA), Girls Count.

She has Co authored a powerful book published by Sage in 2013, Ocean in a Drop – Inside Out Youth Leadership along with Kamini Prakash, Meenu Venkateswaran and Arjun Shekhar. And Played a key role in the production of Co-creating youth Spaces: A practice based guide for youth facilitators 2014 in partnership with CYC and Pravah and NYKS. Ashraf has effectively placed the youth agenda in drafting policies as a member of working groups on adolescents and youth set up by the Ministry of Youth and HRD for the XIth and XIIth Plan in 2008 and 2011 respectively. She has been part of policy making as well the design and development of a number of creative curriculum in the adolescent and youth development filed. At CYC, in her role as convener she is currently focusing on developing second line leadership and building systems and processes and nurturing new partnership . At work, she motivates herself and the teams as well as the member organizations and partners of CYC to achieve their best potential by enthusing them with energy through meaningful conversations and direct engagement on the go. She also dedicates part of her time in supporting the Pravah partnership portfolio.

One of her favorite quotes is “let’s go home” and for her home can be anywhere.. where there is learning and growth, ownership, love, freedom and social hope.

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Kanika has been designing and facilitating transformational journeys for young people for over 10 years.  She has worked with Pravah and ComMunity – The Youth Collective where she headed their Youth Intervention Initiative and the Changelooms  Programme. As a mentor to young social entrepreneurs, she has supported the conception, launch and growth of diverse change initiatives.  She has a Masters in Social Development from the University of Sussex, prior to which she volunteered in the relief camps of Ahmedabad in the aftermath of the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat.  Working with young people on different issues of social justice and the adventures of parenthood, are her two greatest passions and joys. Kanika is currently Director- Outreach at CYC.

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Khateeb is passionate about sports. He also loves to create meaningful relationships with people. He believes in stability and perseverance as one of the most important values in life. He is a very contented and an organized person.

Having an eye for numbers Khateeb did from University of Delhi and has been working for over 12 years in the field of accounts and administration in the social sector. At CYC he is currently working as the Accounts and Admin Coordinator. At work he is very calm and focused. He can often be seen taking calls and writing bills in the office. One of his favorite quotes is “something is better than nothing”.

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Lokashish aka loka, is a firm believer and voyager of 5th space. He is passionate about working with young people and creating powerful experiential journeys for them to discover the society around them. He is very soft spoken and is known for melting people’s heart with peaceful conversations.

He comes from a development management background and holds around 14 years of experience on various themes such as gender, health and sanitation, youth development and child rights. He is currently the CEO at CYC. At work, he is very friendly and goal oriented. He can often be seen having a quiet discussion with somebody in some corner of the office. One of his favorite quotes is “yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world, today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

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Saudamini is passionate about travelling and working with young people. She believes in the power of conversations and therefore loves to create spaces for dialogues amongst young people. She is a constant learner and explorer. She feels life is a journey where one can keep evolving and finding new milestones for oneself.

Given her zeal for communication, Saudamini did her Post Graduation in Electronic media, Production and Management and holds 4 years of experience in the field of Media and Communication. At CYC, she is currently working as a Project Coordinator. At work, she is usually a calm and spontaneous person. She can be often be seen silently working on her laptop in the office.One of her favorites quotes is “Khudi ko kar buland itna ki har takdeer se phele khuda bande se khud puche bata teri razaa kya hai”.

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