The Global Shapers Community, Kuala Lumpur hub is an affiliate NGO of the World Economic Forum. It is an initiative that creates a network of city-based hubs developed and led by young leaders between 20 and 30 years old, who want to develop their leadership potential through initiating local projects to improve their community. Our mandate is to bring together diverse and passionate youth to create community-focused impact through innovative, sustainable initiatives and collaborations, manage events and activities that generate a positive impact within the local community, revitalize the community by the manifold interactions generated inside each hub, between hubs and on a global level. We also catalyze and enhance, individually and collectively, fresh ideas and entrepreneurial solutions to the world’s most pressing challenge.After5 helps develop youth minds by providing information to student who lacks access to information and opportunities by exposing resources before making the right decision based on their interests, motivation and potential. We want our youth be able to make a decision about their life/career path through opportunities we provide them. After5 target beneficiary are students after Form 5 (secondary school) yet also for the corporate partners and communities involved after working hours.
With After5, teachers and the youth were able to share outcomes with other communities and encourage adoption of the programme. The youth were able to produce an adaptable module for other communities facing similar challenges. Stakeholders could conduct the projects with minimal support from us. Local government support gained by endorsing/ supporting our programme after running a few series with various schools. In conclusion, we gained trust and support from the selected communities and stakeholders to keep the programme running. From previous camps, we received positive feedback from both teachers and participants.
They gained exposure to the vast opportunities available and realized their potential from the entrepreneurship, personality test, and communication skills workshops conducted. Students released pent up emotions when they shared underlying issues they had with their family/friends which materialized overtime. We saw the wedge in opportunities between kids residing in different areas in the country. This was highly correlated with their backgrounds and childhood experiences. We want to create notable leaders thus our modules focus on understanding personalities and thought processes. With the current trend celebrating entrepreneurship, we find it apt to equip school-leavers with financial literacy.