TRANSFORMING LIVES THROUGH HAIRDRESSING
Shaping Futures' mission is to empower. We teach disadvantaged young adults the skills of hairdressing so they can support themselves and change their lives.
Born from a small Japanese project with Cambodian street children in 2008, Shaping Futures evolved into a global initiative in 2010 when Schwarzkopf Professional partnered with SOS Children's Villages – a leading non-profit organisation. Since then, we have helped over 2800 young adults in 33 countries, towards a brighter future.
Training for a brighter future, our students come from socially challenged backgrounds, but Shaping Futures gives them a chance to break the cycle with skills that can instil self-worth and power independence.
Shaping Futures’ mission is to help socially disadvantaged young adults fulfil their potential and improve their future by teaching them the craft of hairdressing.
Shaping Futures has trained and supported the development of young men and women across all continents.
Every one of our students is trained in a suitable and safe learning environment.
Shaping Futures can be a real lifeline, helping students take the first invaluable step towards a professional career.
OUR TRAINING JOURNEY
Step 1: Selection
Working with trusted NGO partners, we select students who would most benefit from our skills-based vocational training.
Step 2: Training
We give our students a firm foundation in all the basic hairdressing techniques including consultation, cutting, colouring and styling.
Step 3: Certificate
Every graduate receives a certificate to recognise their achievements and celebrate their success.
Step 4: Placement
To provide long-term security and lasting success we work with local salon owners in an effort to place every student in full-time employment.
DO YOU WANT TO SUPPORT OUR INITIATIVE?
There are many ways to get involved in the work of Shaping Futures. Become a volunteer trainer or make a donation – and help turn social disadvantage into professional success.
Ari Palojãrvi, Finland
"Shaping Futures is an awesome and unique opportunity to support young adults to become hairdressers. These young people are my inspiration – they were extremely brave to explore something new, something they weren‘t familiar with before."
Agnieszka Stoksik, Poland
"Sharing your own knowledge and experience is like teaching someone to fly; it‘s fantastic to see how they spread their wings and grow each day."
Diane Fulton, UK
"Shaping Futures is a life-changing experience for both students and volunteers. Seeing students‘ enthusiasm and hard work, no matter how life has affected them in the past, is truly inspiring."
Monique Mueller, Germany
"The greatest gift is to share your passion with someone who is willing to grow. It empowers both the one who is giving as well as the one who is receiving."
1: The Countries
Simon Ellis presents the Shaping Future initiative and introduces some of the developing countries and underprivileged individuals which the concept strives to support.
2: Our Partner Circle
We meet some of the incredible NGO leaders and Schwarzkopf Professional trainers who have made the Shaping Futures initiative a reality.
3: Our Students
We hear of the heart-warming stories from students and their parents of how Shaping Futures has enhanced their lives and given them hope for the future.
4: The End and the New Beginning
We follow Shaping Future students as they successfully complete their training and find out about their exciting plans for their career.