By Yonca Poyraz-Doğan, Turkish American TV, Media Partner of Teens Dream and the Global Co Lab Network

Teens Dream 2019 Video Competition has resulted with nine winners focusing on educating teens globally about the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, and the grand prize has gone to a teen whose dream is to stop hunger.

The grand prize winner, Laia Martinoy Batlle from Catalonia, Spain, joined the competition with her “Save Food, Save People” titled animation which emphasizes that 25,000 people die of hunger each day, meaning 34 people by the time you finish watching her video.

She envisions creating an app that would help local businesses to announce the food that they are bound to waste, so people would be able to see the announcements and purchase that food for a reduced price.

Her short video story supports the “Responsible Consumption and Production” goal of the sustainable development goals adopted in 2015.

Eight additional winners out of the 130 submissions from all over the world have had dreams ranging from stopping climate change and poverty to promoting gender equality and quality education.

Judges from the Teens Dream Co-Lab, which is a collaborative of teens and adults who encourage teens globally to be change agents in their communities and the world, evaluated the videos based on six categories: creativity, message clarity and relevance, motivation and inspiration, articulation of how the dream can be achieved, relevance to the SDGs, and earth optimism.

The winners were announced in March 2020. Their videos were screened during the Annual October 3rd, 2020 Teens Dream Virtual Celebration that brought together participants – teens and mentors – around the world as part of the Global Co Lab Network that focuses on connecting youth locally, nationally and globally with established networks and expertise, utilizing small gatherings called Co-Labs and virtual rooms.

“This is our sixth year celebrating teen changemakers but this is our first virtual celebration,” said Linda Staheli, founding director of the Global Co Lab Network, a non-governmental organization based in Arlington, Virginia in the U.S. “Let me call out our teens because they are why we are here.  I am so proud of them — our leaders, winners, submitters, and most importantly our members — they blow me away every day with their passion, intelligence, kindness, and hard work.” The Celebration also highlighted the ten virtual SDG Hubs led by teens with adult mentors that meet weekly to implement action on the SDGs.

virtual reception followed the meeting where participants went to either or all of the four virtual reality rooms: the main halla room with teens dream winners videos, a room highlighting our partners, and a Co-Lab Cafe with food and drinks. Teens Dream Co Lab invites all teens to do their part and enter the next video competition. This year, ten winners will be encouraged to implement their visions with a grant of $500 and they will showcase the work they have accomplished to implement their dream at the next virtual Celebration in Fall 2021. Check out the Teens Dream website for details and apply.

Here is the list of 2019 Teens Dream Video Competition winners:

Laia Martinoy Batlle – Catalonia, Spain: SDG #12 on Responsible Consumption and Production.

Ryan Song – Auburn, Washington, USA: SDG # 13 on Climate Action.

Kristina Smolianinova – Abu Dhabi, UAE: SDG #4 on Quality Education

Samuel Parker Celico – Denver Colorado, USA: SDG #11 on Sustainable Cities and Communities

Ceren Nur Polat – Şanlıurfa, Turkey: SDG #5 Gender Equality

Claire Cohen – Orange County, California, USA: SDG # 14 Life Below Water.

Muweera Joseph – Uganda: SDG #4 on Quality Education.

Magali Brunner – Girona, Catalonia, Spain: SDG #3, Good Health and Well-being

Gülçin Eroğlu  – Kayseri, Turkey and Team!: SDG #2 Zero Hunger

We thank everyone who submitted a video for Teens Dream Collaborative 2019 Annual Competition.

TATV is a proud media partner and supporter of Teens Dream Collaborative and Global Co Lab Network.