The San Francisco Hub of the Global Shapers is a community of young leaders committed to creating positive change in ourselves, our local community, and the world. We are an initiative of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Our mission is to marshall the considerable resources available to us — in the form of expertise, network, financing, and human effort — to catalyze or amplify projects and people that create positive, equitable impact.
We commit to partnering with our local community to learn about problems and needs from those who face them; to designing our work with an eye towards scale and repeatability; and to supporting each other through the challenges we encounter.
Coming up soon is our application season, Apply to join Global Shapers SF Hub!
The SF Hub of the Global Shapers invites you to apply to join the hub. Applications will be accessible from January 1 - January 31, 2021.
Living in or routinely accessible to the city of San Francisco
Do not work at the same organization as an existing SF Global Shaper. If you would like to confirm whether your organization is eligible, please contact email@example.com
Will be available for an in-person/virtual interview on Saturday, March 14 (time TBC)
Track record of -- and/or demonstrate great potential in -- positively contributing to society
Committed to working with other members of their Hub to improve the city in which they are based
From all walks of life and who share a spirit of entrepreneurship in the global public interest
Ready to deeply engage in the Shapers community, reinforcing its mission and objectives and supporting their fellow Shapers in their individual and professional development
January 1 - Applications open
January 31 - Applications close
Est. February 16 (TBC) - Application results announced - successful applicants invited to interview
Est. March 14 (TBC) - Interview day (your interview will be a 30-minute slot between 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM)
Est. March 15 (TBC) - Class of 2020 announced
Est. March 29 (TBC) - Class of 2020 orientation
The application will be open until January 31, 2021.
Please note that you will not be able to save the application before submitting. We recommend copying the questions and writing down the answers in another doc, and pasting them back into the application when you are ready.
The Global Shapers undertake events and projects that generate positive impact in our local communities. We seek to have an impact by catalyzing and enhancing, individually and collectively, fresh ideas and entrepreneurial solutions to the world's most pressing challenges.
See below for descriptions of our 2020-2021 projects..
A monthly speaker series that features those who have made a positive impact on the world.
We host regular small-scale events that give people a chance to have meaningful 1:1 conversations with other impact-driven professionals.
We're always looking for more ways to reach people in the Bay Area who are focused on impact. Any ideas you have would be helpful! Check out upcoming events, here.
Contact person: Will Kraft
The SF hub is providing capacity monthly to community-led volunteer events, including beach cleanups, tree planting, and more! All are welcome to join.
(Currently on-hold throughout COVID19 pandemic)
The Red Circle
The Red Circle develops and offers materials and training on psychological literacy and crisis response. Sometimes we find ourselves at a loss for words or actions. When a friend confines that they've been assaulted, what do you do? When a family member has been dealing with depression, what kinds of questions should you ask? What do you do after a loss?
Contact person: Julia Bossman
AI: Re-Coding our Future
AI: Re-Coding our Future is an SF Shaper project aiming to set the stage for the next era of AI. The project surveys the current state of AI initiatives in the realms of education, policy, and inclusion. The project will create an in-depth resource library, host interviews with the Bay Area’s top AI experts, and also highlight the phenomenal work Shapers are doing in AI. Check out Shapers of AI blog post (link above) to see what we’re building around the globe.
Check more about our work here! Link
Contact person: Lauren Pfeifer
ShelterTech is a San Francisco-based non-profit aimed at solving the biggest technology challenges faced by those experiencing homelessness. An official partner of the City of San Francisco, ShelterTech has built AskDarcel, the Bay Area’s largest online database of homelessness-related services.
Census 2020 is a multi-hub project that leverages the network of the US-based Global Shapers hubs to disseminate information on the importance of the census through events and digital channels. Census participation determines each community's share of federal funding for healthcare, schools, roads, and more for the next decade.
When you complete the census, make sure that everyone who lives in your household is counted. That included all children and any extended family or friends who are living with you (regardless of immigration, citizenship, or voter registration status -- everyone needs to be counted).
The Financial Empowerment project aims to help people in San Francisco get on firmer financial footing. Right now, we're focused on helping people who've been affected financially by COVID-19. We're creating an online community for 2020 grads who are struggling to find a job share tips & resources in order to get a job faster.
At the moment, we're creating an online community for 2020 grads who are struggling to find a job share tips & resources in order to get a job faster.
We're always looking for people to share our posts to get more reach!
Contact person: Will Kraft
Mask 4 Disability Community
We are distributing windowed face masks from Uganda fashion brand Kimuli Fashionability to anyone in the US who needs them and their care teams. These masks are made from upcycled African fabrics and are made by disabled people in Uganda.
Contact info: LINK
Representing Young People at World Economic Forum Events
Mission: Represent the youth voice and perspective at official World Economic Forum events and activities.
Partnering with organizations to provide education and mentorship opportunities to people who have been incarcerated.