General FAQ

What is Global Shapers?

The Global Shapers Community is a network of hubs developed and led by people aged 20-30 committed to driving dialogue, taking action, and making meaningful contributions to local communities. In other words, it’s a platform to get things done.

Our Portland hub was established in 2015, and although we’re pretty new we’ve established some killer partnerships with community representatives, institutions, and businesses.

So far, we’ve teamed up with the Rose Haven Women’s Shelter, the Portland Boy’s and Girl’s Club, the Rebuilding Center, and Mercy Corps Northwest.

Moving forward, we’re excited about our new podcast, advocacy, and broadening our reach. Drop us a line at, it’s co – not com) to learn more about our current projects.

I'm interested in joining the hub, where do I start?

We’re happy you’re interested in joining the crew! Get in touch with us at (I know, I know, but it's really co - not com).

What's the application process like?

The application process is pretty straightforward. Let us know you’re interested and we’ll invite you to a meeting. You’ll have the opportunity to get to know us, we’ll get to know you, and we’ll move forward from there!

What’s the time commitment of joining the hub?

Shapers are by definition driven. We get it – you’re busy. We’re all busy. But we’re also committed to making lasting contributions to our local communities. To that end, we each dedicate some 10 – 15 hours a month to taking care of business. That time is divided between meetings, planning projects, and implementing strategies designed to do good. Get in touch, check out a meeting, and you’ll see what we mean.

Do I have to bring a project to the hub or can I join an existing one?

Have an idea for a project? Great, let’s work on it together! Don’t have anything in mind right now? No worries! We encourage Shapers to explore causes that are important on a personal, but we all also contribute to each other’s projects. We’re a team!

What type of people can I expect to work with in the PDX hub?

We’re from all walks of life but we’re all driven. Or biked. A lot of us are people who ride their bikes everywhere 😉

Are there opportunities to network outside of PDX?

Definitely! One of the best parts about Shapers is that we’re everywhere. Our domestic and international network is incredibly active and everyone is very enthusiastic about hosting travelers and showing them around. You’ll be expected to do the same for Shapers visiting Portland.

Moreover the hub also has access to domestic and international events and conferences both designed specifically for Shapers or themes related to their work. We can talk about those opportunities IRL tho.

Still stumped? Drop us a line at and we’ll be happy to answer any questions.

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The Portland (OR) Hub