6 Programs to Receive Seed Money to Expand Impact
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“Powering Education,” a joint project from Hubs in Rome and Nairobi, received the $50,000 grand prize. The funding will accelerate the Global Shapers’ efforts to bring safe, clean energy to school-age children living in rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa where the lack of electricity makes studying difficult after the sun sets. The program provides schools with solar lanterns that children can borrow, replacing more common and dangerous kerosene lamps. Students recharge the solar lanterns daily at school, and families can buy them over time by paying a small daily fee.
“These breakthrough initiatives all bring together innovation, scale and collaboration across what we call the ‘Golden Triangle’ of business, government and civil society. Indeed, one of the most powerful differentiators for the winning groups is the diversity of perspectives they brought to their projects,” said Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO, The
David Aikman, Managing Director, Head of New Champions and the Global Shapers Community, World Economic Forum, said: “Young people are an indispensable part of the solution to the challenges that communities face: economic growth, addressing social injustice and creating sustainable change. The
- Cape Town, South Africa Hub: an online and mobile platform for matching organizations and volunteers, encouraging volunteerism among youth and offering them experience that will improve their employability;
- Kiev, Ukraine Hub: a non-profit youth program that provides mentorship opportunities with highly skilled, successful local leaders;
- Monterrey, Mexico Hub: a mobile application aimed at increasing local residents’ participation in their neighborhoods’ economic and social development;
- Port au Prince, Haiti Hub: development of the Botanical Eco-Technology Park to enhance the production of fruit, investing the profits from fruit exports to support the community with financing for 200 school cafeterias;
- Yerevan, Armenia Hub: a digital after-school enrichment program for children from socially vulnerable families and children with disabilities.
Mauro Ometto, a Global Shaper from Rome described the collaborative component of the challenge well, quoting an African proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." Ometto added, “Coca-Cola is funding the acceleration of community improvement projects while fueling the passion and determination of the next generation of leaders.” As part of the challenge,
The Global Shapers Community selected the Shaping a Better Future Challenge winners, and final scoring was done by leading individuals representing The
About the Global Shapers Community
The Global Shapers Community is a network of Hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their drive to make a contribution to their communities. Today, there are more than 3,000 Global Shapers in 270 Hubs in over 160 countries. The community is one of several multi-stakeholder initiatives at the World Economic Forum. Shapers develop projects to tackle some of the most pressing problems in their communities.
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