A World Economic Forum initiative
The Global Shapers Community is an initiative of the World Economic Forum. The ecosystem of extraordinary young people under 30 was launched in 2011 in response to the absence of young peoples' voices in global decision-making. Shapers are exceptional in their potential, their achievements, and their drive to contribute to their communities through projects.
We are diverse in demographics, geographies, and passions, but united by a common desire to shape the future and build a more peaceful and inclusive world. Shapers run non-profits, work in healthcare, tackle climate change, are creatives, and much more. Members of the Global Shapers community possess an entrepreneurial spirit, leadership potential, and a desire to improve the state of New York. Our community is non-political, self-selected, and self-organized around pressing issues that impact us all.
Global Shapers are organized in a network of local hubs based in major cities around the world, including New York - one of the most established and diverse hubs in the network.
Because New York has such a concentrated population of amazing young people, we have two Hubs that work together (New York Hub I + New York Hub II, but collectively referred to as the "New York Hub"). The New York Hub also works closely with the newly-established Queens Hub and Brooklyn Hub.
The hubs organize a range of local events and opportunities for Shapers and design projects and activities that generate a positive impact within New York. They New York Hubs meets officially once a month, and work together on broader initiatives with other hubs from around the world.
What we do and how we shape
2019-2020 Impact Report
Our latest report breaks down projects by Global Shaper Impact Areas - Education & Employment, Equity & Inclusion, and Climate & Environment - as well as our COVID-19 response.
2018-2019 Impact Report
Read about our 12+ projects spanning children's books to mental health
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