Virginian Pilot Features Global Shapers Norfolk

Group hopes to give millennials a voice in community issues with social media campaign, discussion group

Global Shapers Norfolk, a young leadership group hoping to bring positive change to the community, is launching a social media campaign and holding a discussion Monday. 

Millennials of Hampton Roads is a social media campaign to encourage area young people to unite and drive creative change.

The campaign is in part a response to recent comments from Virginia Beach’s treasurer, who highlighted the Millennial generation in a less than positive light, according to a press release. John Atkinson said he doesn't want millennials who want "freebies" like subsidized transportation in the city and that they can move to Norfolk.

“We’d like to respond with an encouraging message," Global Shapers' Claire Wulf Winiarek said. “We believe there is a meaningful role for young leaders in advancing a vibrant and inclusive region that works together.”

The Facebook and Instagram campaign will serve as a regional platform to share millennials' diverse voice on economic, social and community topics. 

Monday, Global Shapers Norfolk will host a conversation on millennial leadership and entrepreneurialism.

Eunice Cofie, founder of Flordia-based Nuekie, a health, beauty and cosmetic company for people of color, will present. 

The discussion is from 6-8 p.m. at the Innovation Research Park at Old Dominion, 4211 Monarch Way.

The event is free and open to the public. The group is also looking for more 20-somethings to join.

In 2011, the nonprofit World Economic Forum established the Global Shapers Community focused on ensuring young leaders play an active role in shaping the agenda globally, regionally and locally, according to its website.

Structured as a network of self­-organizing, city-­based hubs, GSC brings together young leaders in their 20s. The goal is to contribute to resolving challenges within their communities. There are more than 450 hubs, with 5,000 members around the world.