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What do young people really want – a 5th space

The term millennial has become a buzzword in the last couple of years. A millennial is defined as a young person born between 1980 to 2000. By that logic, over half of the Indian population qualify as millennials.

Everybody from political parties to big companies are redefining their growth and business strategies with these young people in mind. Not to mention, the term millennial is thrown around in the media and the Internet all the time.

Today, more than 50% of India’s population is below the age of 25 and more than 65% is below the age of 35.

Who are these young people? Do we know what’s on their mind? Have we ever bothered to find out how these youth feel about the world they are inheriting? And what is it that these young people really want?

It’s been more than a decade since ComMutiny The Youth Collective (CYC) was formed to bring together organisations across India who are working with youth.

Over the years, it has become clear that young people today need a space that they can call their own – a space created, run and owned by them. This space is called the 5th space.

It is a space that exists beyond the 4 spaces inhabited by young people – family, friends, education/work and leisure. It is where a young person can ponder over who they are as an individual and as a collective unit of humanity.

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