A World Economic Forum initiative
The Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, is an ecosystem of extraordinary people in their 20s and early 30s, 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 make a contribution to their communities through projects.
We are diverse in demographics, geographical areas, and sectors, but united by a common desire to shape the future and build a more peaceful and inclusive world. Shapers run non-profits, work in the medical field, are creatives, and much more. Members of the Shapers community possess an entrepreneurial spirit, leadership potential, and a desire to improve the state of the New York. The community is non-political, self-selected, and self-organized around issues facing the globe.
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 dense population of amazing people, we have two Hubs that work together. 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. Our Hub meets officially once a month, and work together on broader initiatives with other hubs from around the world.
What we do and why we shape
Want to know more about the New York Hub, our projects and culture?
Check out our latest Impact Report!
To become a New York Global Shaper you need to apply through the hub's next recruitment round.
We are not currently accepting applications for the NYC Hub of Global Shapers.
Applications are currently CLOSED. We run 1-2 recruitment rounds a year, please check back frequently for updates!
The New York City Hub welcomes young people to apply to be a part of a group of like-minded 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 30 and have a concrete idea for how you want to make a change in the region. Your idea might make its way as a project that the hub collectively backs – or you can join existing projects if you think your interests and skills align.
We have 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 meet up in socials to learn about small businesses around NYC or just have fun. Check out our Instagram for more recent updates on life with the hub.
Remember we are a project based hub. Expect to be on a project or leading a project.
There is a 6 month probation period and you're expected to deliver.
Want to meet our community, learn more about becoming a member, or just get involved?
Check out our upcoming events!