Teens Dream is the first successfully incubated project of the Global Co Lab Network. The “Co Lab” is a US based non-governmental organization that empowers teens and millennials with older generations to create initiatives to make the world a better place, utilizing design thinking, mindfulness, and small gatherings designed to incubate intentional collaborative intergenerational initiatives that empower youth. See the Global Co Lab website https://www.globalcolab.net to learn more about its work empowering teens and millennials.
Teens Dream — inspired by Martin Luther King — is a collaborative of teens and adults who want to encourage teens to be change agents in their own lives, their communities, and the world. It does this by encouraging them to express, share and network around their dreams as they relate to one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Utilizing an annual video competition, Teens Dream is building a global community of teen dreamers working to connect them to the vast array of existing organizations focused on engaging and empowering youth, with a focus in its fifth year on linking teens aspirations to one of the 17 SDGs. Teens from anywhere in the world ages 13-18 submit a simple 2 minute video of their dream, as it relates to one of the SDGs. All submissions are honored on our website in our Gallery and visual map of the world. Nine winners are chosen and given prominence on our website, receive up to $500 in cash prizes, flown or skyped into our annual celebration in Washington, DC and matched with mentors who can support them in pursuing their dreams.
Teens Dream is now building out virtual rooms it calls Dream Hubs to engage teens globally on action around the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.