Entrepreneur, Youth Leader, Mentor
Manas is a creative thinker and a Young Leader working towards sustainable development. He currently is engaged as a Growth and Development Consultant by several leading organizations, corporates and professionals. As a social entrepreneur he has founded the YUGA initiative (Youth United for Global Action) which is a platform for young people to engage in socially conscious leadership, community service and global partnerships.
Manas has worked with over 20,000 young individuals to date under various initiatives, and remains committed to growing the movement of Youth Leadership internationally.
We've all known that kid who was always upto something or just holding back a laugh when everyone else is serious. Well, I was that kid! Born and brought up in a nuclear value driven family based in Indore, I always had largewr than life ambitions. Having spent almost a decade travelling, exploring and learning across countries and major cities, there came this moment where I wanted to share all my learnings with young and teen individuals in my city.
I was once the recalcitrant (and refractory) little boy, struggling to figure my way around, seeking mentorship and requesting guidance. What was a challenge for me personally, shouldn't be for any aspirational youth of the city! It is with this in mind, we started the Thought4Thought x Youth4Youth community, a meetup based community without a defined agenda which allowed young citizens to suggest topics that were relevant to them. While this and a couple of other initiatives which followed didn't take off as imagined, I wasn't willing to give up yet.
While flying back from New York after an event at the UN Headquarters, I simply was wondering on the latent potential of the large gathering that I had just been to, and how can I personally translate my learnings into action. It is around the same time, I met a couple (actually 3) spirited young girls in the city who wanted to bring about a change in the culture. We recruited some more lime minded individuals and took it upon ourselves to host a youth meetup which would act as a safe space. From being worried about a bleak turnout, to hosting 75+ participants, we couldn't be more excited.
It was after this event I formalized the name 'Indore2030' where our intention is to ensure that no one is denied an opportunity irrespective of their background, caste, gender, race or orientation. What started as a youth meetup, is now a concious youth collective working towards instilling the value of not just being empathetic but being a compassionate action taker.
While I can talk more about high and mighty organisations that I've engaged with, what makes me cheerful at any given day is the family at Indore 2030.