As a part of its mission, Teens Dream is committed to providing each winner with a mentor in line with his or her video topic and area of interest.  For the teen, the goal is to become more informed, to build a relationship with those already working in the field, and to explore avenues for furthering his or her dream.  For the mentor, we hope the vision put forth by each teen winner will shed light on the issue area from the perspective of a young dreamer and that assisting a young person in the pursuit of his or her passions will be a rewarding experience.

The Teens Dream Co Lab Mentorship Expectations Statement

Examples of mentor matches with some of their photos and videos below include winner AJ Tabura having his video on the stigma of mental illness featured by the National Association of Mental Illness through its social media communications, grand prize winner and rapper Jayo Onyeka from London meeting with radio and recording industry representatives and getting his music aired on 95.5, meeting with local documentary film makers and science experts at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Annual Video Competition on the SDGs


Every Teens Dream submitter is asked to align his or her video with one or more of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. If you are an individual or organization with expertise in any of the policy areas defined by the SDGs who would like to have a direct impact on the next generation of change makers, please contact us at info@teensdreamcolab.org.

Competition Mentor Meetings Gallery


Keoni Carrion is mentored by Monda Webb, of Little Known Stories Production Company

Our winner, Erin Levine, is mentored by Katherine Catalano, with the Union of Concerned Scientists

Diana Vicezar is mentored by Jennifer Katac, Director of Community Programs at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington

Marieka Staheli is mentored by Julie Cerqueira, Executive Director of US Climate Alliance