Empowering exceptional youth

The Global Shapers Community is a network of more than 6,000 inspiring young people under the age of 30, who are working together to tackle local, regional and global challenges.

The challenge

The world’s youth population has never been larger. This generation has inherited enormous global challenges, but with the right organization and support, has the potential to confront the status quo and formulate youth-led solutions for a better world.

The strategy

The Global Shapers are all exceptional in their potential, achievements and enthusiasm to contribute to their communities.

The Global Shapers Community is organized into almost 400 city-based hubs in 160 countries. “Shapers” develop and lead hubs, from where they undertake projects designed to have a positive impact on their communities.

Hubs join forces to create more powerful outcomes. Hundreds of hub leaders (Curators) meet annually to showcase their hubs’ work, strengthen relationships between their communities, explore opportunities for collaboration and share expertise.

The impact

Global Shaper projects focus on areas of the economy and society, such as health, education, entrepreneurship and sustainable development. They respond to disasters, combat poverty, fight climate change and build inclusive communities.

Some examples include:

Shaping Vision

Chandigarh Hub, in India, aims to ensure that poor vision is not a barrier to education and learning among underprivileged youth. So far, they have examined 5,400 students in five schools, with 10 more in the pipeline. A total of 990 students were determined to need spectacles, which the programme provided free of change.

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CNN Debate: Gender Disparity in Turkey

Istanbul Hub organized a powerful TV debate on gender disparity in Turkey in partnership with CNN Turk to explore possible pathways to gender equality in the workforce and society. The debate was broadcasted nationally encouraging Turkish women to further participate in economic life.

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The Model School

Since the Nepal Earthquake in 2015, Kathmandu Hub has worked with partners to build 10 semi-permanent schools in rural Sindhupalchowk. The school currently under construction will function on smart grids, solar power, water recharge facilities and serve as a community center during natural disasters.

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Launching ARMCare

Australian Refugee and Migrant Care Services (ARMCare) provides quality health care coordination, health promotion, advocacy and social support services to refugees and at-risk migrants in Australia. Brisbane Hub is helping to launch ARMCare and enable refugees to attain equality of access to health and social services in line with the general population of Australia.

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