I Still Have a Dream

A Message from Founding Director Linda Staheli

I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.” Martin Luther King

Teens Dream, and ultimately the creation of the Co Lab, were inspired by Martin Luther King.  The Global Co Lab Network was created after a series of living room gathering where teens and adults brainstormed how they could build on King’s dream, which they did with Teens Dream.  A digital platform for teens to express, share and connect around their dreams via an annual video competition, Teens Dream has in just two years received over 130 videos from teens globally highlighting dreams, for themselves, their communities, and the world.  See a recent television show on Teens Dream hosted by Arlington Independent Media!  Of great  excitement, this year’s video competition will link teen’s dreams to one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals!   

This October we celebrate the winners from our 2015 Teens Dream competition at the Smithsonian.  Teens Dream winners and submitters, including our grand prize winner JAYO from London who wants to inspire people with his music, will come together to meet and connect with Teens Dream co-creators, supporters, and mentors.  We have launched a crowdfunding campaign with YouCaring to bring the winners to our celebration and scale Teens Dream to reach more teens globally.  Please check out our campaign to raise $10,000 by October 8th!  

While we are planning for our big celebration with Teens Dream, the Co Lab continues to host salons.  This summer we co hosted three, one on climate change, a second on inter-generational engagement among millennials with follow up salons and another television show in the making.  We also have been meeting with partner outreach organizations including presenting our work at the United Nations and hosting a salon on global exchanges with Global Ties US!  

We are excited about the coming year and the opportunity to continue to build intentional networks among existing organizations in small living room gatherings, working to empower a greater numbers of teens and millennials around issues that matter.  

Join our team and let’s act on our dreams!

Global Co Lab Network

 


Co Lab Fundraises for Teens Dream Celebration at Smithsonian!

The Co Lab launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to bring the winners of its annual Teens Dream competition to Washington, DC on October 8, 2016 to celebrate at the Smithsonian!  Please consider a donation, whatever you can afford, at this link -- it is so easy! The Co Lab met the Head of Story Telling at YouCaring, Svetlana Saitsky, at MCON and was able to visit their office in San Francisco to further discuss the work of the Co Lab and Teens Dream and thank Svetlana and her colleagues directly. We are soliciting support to scale Teens Dream, a global virtual platform for teens - ages 13-18 -  to express, share, and network around their dreams. Teens Dream:  Shape Our Future, our 3rd annual video competition, will be kicked off at our celebration and you are invited to join our nine winners from across the world - chosen from our 70 amazing teen dream video submissions this year, which you can view in our Gallery - from Morocco, Romania, Australia, Canada, Sri Lanka, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Latvia, the United States and the United Kingdom.  Teens Dream is a project of the Global Co Lab Network.  For more information, contact info@teensdream.net.


Teens Dream Support TEDxTeen!

Teens Dream held a viewing party for TEDxTeen, which is hosted by the We Are Family Foundation, an amazing organization dedicated to building the next generation of global change makers and a partner with the Global Co Lab Network.  Teens utilized the event to not only watch the fabulous conference in London from Washington, DC, early on a Saturday morning, but also tweeted about the event, which resulted in over 9,400 likes from Co Lab teen co creators, including social media advisor, Jacob Sartorius.

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Arlington Independent Media Youth Program on Teens Dream

Teens Dream will be the featured kick off show for the new Youth Can Change the World show with Arlington Independent Media, to be aired in April 2016 featuring Teens Dream Co Creators Teddy Ammon, Aysha Nune, John Hanacek and Linda Staheli.  See link above for the show!


2015 Winners

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Teens Dream 2015 Video Contest Winners

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Congratulations to all of our 2015 Video Contest Winners.  Scroll down to view all winning video submissions and their dreams.

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Congratulations to all of our 2015 Teens Dream Winners below! And, to JAYO of South London our 2015 $500.00 Grand Prize Winner!

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Congratulations to the 2015 Video Competition Winners

 

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2015 Personal Videos

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2015 Community Videos

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2015 Global Videos

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Personal Dreams

Jordan (JAYO), South London, UK – GRAND PRIZE WINNER!  My dream is that millions will hear my music.

Soren and Amir, London, UK – Our dream is to make movies with each other.

Marina, New York – My dream is to one day become a film editor and director.

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Community Dreams

Anthony, Minnesota, USA – My dream is that we work to reduce the stigma around mental health.

Vanessa, Georgia, USA – My dream is to help the homeless in our communities.

Ruby and Gabby, Alabama, USA – Our dream is that everyone can have a quality education.

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Global Dreams

Anna, Michigan, USA – My dream is that the world would be free from the dependence on animals with a first step creating a stem cell hamburger.

Marcus, Estonia – My dream is that people care to purchase chocolate produced without child labor.

Catherine and Kylie, Kentucky, USA – Our dream is that all women have access to education, especially those from developing countries.

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Teens Dream Presented a Workshop on Going Viral: Using Video for Social Change

Event was held at Learn Serve International's 2016 Social Action Summit, co sponsored by the Global Co Lab Network, on March 5, 2016


Teens Dream Personal Category Judging Team!

Teens Dream got more than 75 submissions for its second video competition!  A team of 15 judged the amazing videos from all over the world -- from Morocco, Romania and Estonia, to the United Kingdom, Germany, Latvia and the USA.  Our largest category of submissions came into the Personal Category with over 45 submissions!


2014 Winners

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Teens Dream 2014 Video Contest Winners

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Congratulations to all of our 2014 Video Contest Winners.  Scroll down to view all of the winning videos.

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Congratulations to all of our 2014 Teens Dream Winners below! And, to Carly Johnson our 2014 $500.00 Grand Prize Winner.

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Congratulations to the 2014 Video Competition Winners

 

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2014 Personal Videos

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2014 Community Videos

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2014 Global Videos

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Personal Dreams

Allison Baumgart, Endicott, NY
Tim Eddy, Lennox Head, Australia
Connor Den Boer, Phoenix, AZ

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Community Dreams

 Lauren Smith, Concord, NC
Riko Miyazaki, Tallulah Falls, GA
Jenna Larson, Rockford, IL

 

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Global Dreams

Salvatore Negro, Pemberton, NJ
Carly Mae Johnson, Allen, TX
Cameron Kostopoulos, Fort Worth, TX

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