The Global Co Lab Network and its project Teens Dream were delighted to again partner with the Smithsonian in this year’s annual Teens Dream Video Competition, specifically with the Smithsonian Affiliates!  Nine US museums worked with teens in their area to encourage them to submit to the global competition.  Aligning with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, their innovative solutions come from around the country and provide fresh insight into problem-solving for their communities – in their homes, schools, and hometowns. As part of the Smithsonian’s Earth Optimism initiative, these students, working with mentors at Smithsonian Affiliate organizations, created two-minute videos to present ideas that can be replicated and scaled, and present a sense of hope in the dialogue around conservation and sustainability. The Smithsonian teen submission ideas presented here were awarded recognition and/or implementation of $500 mini-grants by this year’s Teens Dream Changemaker Challenge competition. This collaboration was made possible by a grant from the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.