Global Shapers are young leaders who want to develop their leadership potential towards serving society. They work together in teams to improve their communities.  This special series highlights the winners of Coca-Cola’s Shaping a Better Future Grant Challenge for the Global Shapers Community.  This challenge rewards taking action, leading positive change and using innovative approaches to tackle serious social issues.

The Coca-Cola Company is a founding partner of this World Economic Forum Community.  We think the Shapers are pretty awesome and hope you enjoy seeing the change they are starting in their own backyards.

Many young people leave education without valuable basic skills. Taking into consideration success of mentoring schemes used in the corporate world, the Global Shapers Kyiv (Kiev) Hub launched a non-profit youth mentoring program targeted to establish significant and tangible impact on academic, professional and social development of young people by improving access to highly-skilled, successful, local leaders in different areas of expertise.

We launched our project aiming:

  • Measurably help to develop the all-around professionals by enhancing their career goals, maximizing their potential and further developing their skills, while also helping them to develop a business attitude, make them much more appealing to employers.
  • Facilitate networks and relationships which removed from the traditional management chain and to pave the way for the cross-generation knowledge exchange.
  • Promote and position mentoring programs as a new scheme for the Region to improving the state of the community, inspiring countries' future leaders and enhancing across borders co-operation.
We involve 10 Mentors with 30 students and young professionals. To our indirect program we added mentoring evenings, video lectures and records of successful leaders' life stories, which expected to increase number of beneficiaries through general outreach.

Our mentoring program is most beneficial for students and young practitioners of diverse background aged 18-30. It is adaptable, expansive and sustainable. Program is designed to be adapted for cultural relevance, taking into account a community's social and economic issues. Mentees eventually become Mentors, who train high school students without our direct assistance - that insures sustainability. Project Mentor is simple program with a huge impact, therefore we are planning its further development. By partnering with Hubs abroad, we may build local capacity, maintain low administration costs, and ensure that our program meets the specific needs of youth.

With active advocating for mentoring and help of the Coca-Cola's Shaping a Better Future grant we will establish a new trend in youth policy for post-soviet countries.

Alina V. Opanasenko is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Kyiv Hub.