About Us


ComMutiny – The Youth Collective (CYC) was set up in 2008  to promote the rights of young people for participation, development and leadership.

ComMutiny represents the ‘mutiny’ within that evolves when we work  deeply in diverse  communities. ComMutiny – The Youth Collective (CYC) is a collective of nearly 50 youth led and youth engaging organizations that work in collaboration to promote youth leadership by creating what we call ‘5th Spaces’ across the country.

There are four legitimate ‘spaces’ that young people primarily occupy, that of family, livelihood/education, friends, and leisure. Beyond these four spaces, which are not often governed by young people,  there is a space we choose to call the 5th Space  that young people also occupy, where they truly  discover themselves as they engage in social action. This is a space that they govern and take leadership in. The 5th Space is an exciting, adventurous and yet  safe 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.

Our mission is to facilitate engagement of youth in social change action through building understanding, acceptability and demand for 5th Spaces across stakeholder groups.

The 5th Space concept is central to all the work at CYC. Architecting, promoting and advocating 5th Spaces forms the core strategy in all the different projects at CYC.

  • Architecting 5th Spaces: Provide youth-engaging/young-led teams with support to (i) strengthen individual knowledge and attitudes; (ii) strengthen leadership and entrepreneurship skills for social transformation; (ii) develop and strengthen their diverse social action initiatives
  • Promoting 5th Spaces: (i) Employ media and social media interventions to build understanding and public opinion on the rights and needs of youth participation in self development and social change processes
  • Advocating for 5th Spaces: (i) Offer Think-Tank support to youth engaging organizations to strengthen their youth interventions by incorporating 5th Space principles; (ii) Build Media engagements; (iii) Undertake policy advocacy.