Ashraf is currently Convener of ComMutiny – TheYouth Collective and is working to promote a youth-centric approach to development called the ‘5 th Space’.
She studied Personnel Management at XLRI, India and following that pursued a career in Human Resources in leadingcorporate sector organizations for four years. She was the co-founder and CEO for Pravah in the early years, where she worked with her colleagues and Pravah partners to co create and contribute to shapingthe youth development space in the country.After nearly a decade in this role,she moved on to take up the partnership nurturing role for Pravah.ComMutiny – The Youth Collective was envisioned as a collective process initiated by Pravah along with Sir Ratan Tata Trust and a number of other leading organizations and professionals working in the youth work field and Ashraf was part of the founding team in 2008.
Ashraf’s passion lies in nurturing vibrant eco-systems across India to support young social entrepreneurs, youth engaging organizations and youth facilitators. Over two decades, she has a co-conceptualised and run many excitingnational and international youth programs with young people and youth workers across rural and urban areas. She also offers design and facilitative support to different stakeholders in the sector in organisation development, youth programming and policy and is acertified MBTI facilitator. She is an Ashoka Fellowand represented Pravah and CYC inthe Jubilant Bhartia Schwab Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2015 as one of the four finalists. She has been a representative on working groups appointed by the Government and International organizations including the UN bodies and CAYWA to inform programs and policies on youth development.
Brief Note: ComMutiny- The Youth Collective – India
'ComMutiny stands for the first 'mutiny' within as a young person that comes from working in communities which are ‘different’ from oneself. It is symbolic of the fact the social and systemic transformation cannot happen without personal transformation, which is best facilitated by continuous exploration, reflection and navigating self and social challenges in relation to the real world. ComMutiny - The Youth Collective (CYC) is working towards building vibrant eco-systems and youth-centric spaces which we call the 5th Space. The 5th Space is a space that exists beyond and between the 4 legitimate spaces occupied by youth that is Family, Friends, Education / Career and Recreation .These erstwhile spaces for youth are more often than not governed by others, the rules of these spaces and the norms are not set by young people. The 5th Space alternatively is co-governed by youth and the youth facilitators and rejects the instrumentalist view towards young people. It focuses on transforming young people by engaging them in deep self exploration and supporting their social action experiments to become changemakers and active citizens (Jagriks) of their communities, their nations, the planet and the larger Universe. The 5th Space nurtures social inclusion, holistic development and fosters social hope by promoting feelings of freedom, ownership, love and learning and growth'. A window to the 5th Space is offered in this short spunky animation 18 Till I Die
CYC is a collective of over 35 youth led and youth engaging organisations and youth development practitioners who work directly with adolescents and youth. Towards promoting 5th Spaces.
Our main strategies are :
Collectivising some of the best youth-centric organizations and youth-work practitioners in the country into an effective collaborative eco-system. These organizations represent a large cross section of a very diverse youth population in both urban and rural areas.
Creating 5th Space media and learning products - including films, books, research, graphic novel. We have been a recipient of the prestigious PVR Nest award for Communications and a few examples of our films and other resources are given below:
Design and facilitation of large scale powerful public initiatives and youth leadership journeys that are run collectively across the country reaching nearly approximately 200,000 on ground and approximately 20,00,000 online over the last 5 years. Some of these journeys are highlighted below
Watch 5th Space videos the5thspace