Global Shapers

    New York Hub


    Shaping New York and improving our world




  • 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
    Youth in Action

  • 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.



    Our Work



  • Impact Reports

    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 writing new children's books to improving mental health.




    Our People




    Join the New York Hub



  • To become a New York Global Shaper, you need to formally apply through the hub's recruitment rounds.

    Please note that our Spring/Summer 2021 application portal has closed. We will be announcing our next recruitment opening in Fall 2021.

    Want to learn more about our hub and the application process?
    The New York Hub welcomes young people to apply to be part of a community of impact-driven individuals with a desire to change the state of the world and New York City. You must reside or work in/near NYC, be under the age of 27, and have a concrete idea for how you want to make a change in the region. Your idea might evolve into a project that the hub collectively backs, or you can join existing projects if you think your interests and skills align.
    We host monthly meetings where we talk about how we’re progressing on our projects, support each other as we navigate our own personal/professional lives, and host socials ranging from speaker seminars to fun outings around NYC. Check out our Instagram for updates on life and projects within the hub.
    Please remember that we are a project-based hub; expect to be on a project or leading a project.
    For all incoming Shapers, there is a 6 month probation period.

  • Visiting Shapers

    Are you a visiting Shaper from another hub? Let us know when you're in town!

    Fill out the form below and someone on our team will get back to you.

    (NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all New York Hub activities are being held virtually. We will be revisiting this policy in Spring/Summer 2021) 

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  • Want to meet our community, learn more about becoming a member, or just get involved?

    Check out our upcoming events!