Starting on October 3rd, 2020, upload a short video, up to 2 minutes, to the Teens Dream Video Competition: Changemaker Challenge and have it relate to one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)!  This year, all ten winners will be encouraged to implement their visions and given a grant of $500!

“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.”

Please read the contest rules here, and familiarize yourself with the United Nations 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 “SDG Hubs,” where teen led action on the SDGs takes place.  Ten winners will receive $500 and have seven months to implement their vision for action, and be honored with a virtual celebration to showcase their project, given the option to have a mentor, and the opportunity to participate and/or lead an SDG Hub.   

Our goal is to build a global community of teen changemakers working with adults and partner organizations to act on global challenges as outlined in the 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 will have till 11:59 PM Pacific time on January 18, 2021 to submit your short 2-minute video! What are you waiting for?

Our Terms and Conditions

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.
  • All submitters must have verified contact information.
  • Immediate family members of the organizers are ineligible to submit!

Create a 2 minutes or less video that expresses your dream, how it relates to one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and how you, as an agent of change, plan to see it realized.

Videos will be judged based on the criteria outlined in the Rubric.  The video must be appropriate for viewers who are 10 years and older. Individuals or groups may submit one video per SDG Category. Upload your video to the Teens Dream website starting October 3rd, 2020 – with a closing deadline of January 18th, 2021 at 11:59PM Pacific time.

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

The video closing title should be at least 4 seconds with the following text: “Submitted to the 2020 Teens Dream Video Competition: Changemaker Challenge

Click the “Submit Now” button below and fill out the simple submission page — which opens on the Teens Dream website October 3rd, 2020. Be sure you read carefully and approve the terms and conditions. 

Judges will review all video submissions and select the top ten winning videos, based on the criteria listed in the Judging Rubric. Each of the top 10 finalists will receive $500, contingent upon a clear plan for implementing their project idea that they will either articulate in their winning video or explain in more detail in a follow-up call with the Teens Dream Advisors. They will be featured on the Teens Dream website and acknowledged accordingly as winners.  They will be notified by email before the end of March 2021 with details on their cash prize and any events planned.

To receive the $500 grant, they will be required to sign an agreement that they intend to commit to the implementation of their project. They will present the project and their results at the 2021 Teens Dream annual fall celebration.

All winners will be introduced to the Global Co Lab SDG Hubs and strongly encouraged to join with other teens to become agents of change for issues that interest them.

All winners will also have an opportunity to be matched with a mentor if they desire.

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

Our Judging Rubric