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What exactly do we do?

The Global Shapers Community, being an initiative of the World Economic Forum, aims to engage young leaders in creating positive social change in their local communities and around the world. This community is made up of young people under the age of 30 who are selected based on their leadership potential, achievements, and commitment to improving their communities

The Global Shapers Community has more than 10,000 members in over 400 cities around the world (the Kano Hub being one of them). Members of the community work on a wide range of issues, including education, environment, health, poverty, and youth empowerment. They engage in various activities such as community service projects, advocacy, and events to promote dialogue and collaboration among young leaders.

The Kano Hub focuses on a range of issues, including education, healthcare, youth empowerment, and entrepreneurship. The hub has implemented various projects and initiatives, such as the “Code Kano” project, which aims to equip young people with digital skills, and the “Girls Lead Initiative,” which aims to promote gender equity and empower young girls pursue leadership positions. The Kano Hub also has projects that are executed annually like the Blood Drive, Clothing Drive and the Climate Change Campaign.

Through these activities and initiatives, the Kano Hub is contributing to the overall mission of the Global Shapers Community, which is to protect the vulnerable, promote inclusivity in the world and empower young leaders to create positive social change.

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Community-focused Service for Global Impact

We prioritize our local communities and their needs while working towards creating a positive impact on a global scale, thereby emphasizing the idea that sustainable change can only be achieved by understanding and addressing the unique challenges faced by local communities. By focusing on community service and engagement, we can gain a deeper and direct understanding of the social and economic issues facing our communities. This understanding can lead to the development of targeted solutions that address the root causes of these issues and create sustainable change.

While community-focused service is essential, it is also important to recognize that local issues are often connected to global challenges. Therefore, a community-focused approach should be complemented by a global perspective that takes into account the broader social, economic, and environmental implications of any proposed solutions.

Shapers and the World Economic Forum

In 2011, Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, founded the Global Shapers Community to empower young people to play an active role in shaping local, regional and global agendas.

The Global Shapers Community is a non-profit organization registered in Geneva, Switzerland and housed at the World Economic Forum. The Forum’s contribution to the Shapers organization includes significant financial and in-kind contributions for operational support including staff time, technology tools and opportunities to interact and collaborate with its membership network.

Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum