Starting on October 6th, 2019 upload your short Dream Video focused on Earth Optimism and have it relate to one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)! Earth Optimism celebrates a change in focus from problem to solution, educating and inspiring people through sharing your dream and story for action.

The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.

Your dream and plan for action can be one of the Smithsonian’s stories of success. A few of our winners this year may be able to attend the Smithsonian’s Earth Optimism Summit in Washington DC in April 2020!

Please read the contest rules here, and familiarize yourself with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Make sure to read the judging rubric here. We are utilizing a fun video contest to inspire teens to make the world a better place. All submitters will be invited to join our virtual rooms we call “Dream Hubs,” where action on the SDGs takes place. Nine winners will be honored with a celebration, given a mentor and the chance to lead a Dream Hub. Our goal is to build a global community of teens working with adults and partner organizations to act on global challenges as outlined in United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

See our hundreds of prior submissions and winners of our annual Teens Dream Video Competition from over 40 countries! You have till January 13, 2020 to submit your short 2-minute video! What are you waiting for?

Submit Your Video

Video Competition Rules

  • You must be 13 to 18 years old!
  • You can be from anywhere in the world, but the video must be in English.
  • You may work individually or as a group, but one person must apply and represent on behalf of the group.
  • Parents and adults can be advisors but shall not have any hands on involvement.
  • You can submit videos multiple years in a row but if you win, you can’t win twice in a row.
  • Immediate family of the Teens Dream Video Competition Collaborative organizers are ineligible to submit!

Create a short (2 min or less) video that expresses your dream, how it relates to one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals above, and how you hope to see it realized.

Videos will be judged based on the criteria, outlined in the Judging Rubric; creativity, message clarity and relevance, connection to one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, motivation and inspiration, articulation of how the dream can be realized, and production quality. Please review the Judging Rubric below for specifics on judging criteria.

The video must be no longer than 2 minutes, and appropriate for viewers who are 10 years or older. Individuals or groups may submit one video for only one SDG Category. Upload your video to YouTube starting October 6th 2019 – with a closing deadline of January 13th, 2020.

Your video must read “2020 Teens Dream – (a name that highlights your dream, for example “2020 Teens Dream – Global Equality”).

Your video should end with a screen shot of at least 4 seconds displaying the following text “Submitted to the 2020 Teens Dream Video Competition at www.teensdreamcolab.org”.

Click the “Submit Now” button below and fill out the simple submission page — which opens on October 6th, 2019 — on the website and make sure you read and approve the terms and conditions. Easy!!

Teen and adult judges will review all video submissions and select the top nine videos, based on the criteria listed in the Rubric. The top 9 finalists are winners and will be featured on the website as the winners and acknowledged accordingly. Each of the winners will receive $100 and be invited to join us for our grand celebration in Washington, DC. From the top nine winners, a grand prize winner will receive $500 instead of $100. The nine winners, including the grand prize winner will be invited to join our celebration in Washington, DC (in person or skyped in) where they will be honored and introduced to organizations and mentors who can help them realize their dream. Winners will be notified by email by March 2020 with details on their cash prize and any events planned.

Questions? Contact the team at info@teensdreamcolab.org.

Our Judging Rubric