The Global Co Lab Network is a virtual “do tank” that empowers inter-generational engagement focused on teens and millennials, incubating initiatives out of carefully designed informal gatherings such as living room "Co-Labs", utilizing design lab philosophies. Teens Dream is a project created where teens globally are engaged on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a global video contest called Teens Dream and virtual teen-led weekly gatherings, SDG Hubs, focused on racial justice, gender equality, mental health, quality education, Spanish speakers for the SDGs, and artists for the SDGs. The Eco Teen Action Network is those teen-led SDG Hubs that focus on the environment, a collaboration with the Smithsonian focused on zero hunger, climate change, wildlife conservation, and fighting plastic consumption and production.

" Thanks to the Co Lab’s brilliant, but simple model of bringing people of different backgrounds together to address common challenges and discuss new paths forward, we were able to launch the first in a series of Exchange Salons to engage emerging leaders in shaping the road that our international exchange community will take in the coming years. "

— Jennifer Clinton, Former President, Global Ties U.S.

The Global Co Lab Network builds on design thinking, mindfulness, peer coaching, and other techniques and has designed a very simple template that all can use to host a Co-Lab focused on empowering youth to be change agents, connecting them with collaboration-oriented experts, stakeholders, and organizations.

Teens Dream was created out of series of Co-Labs with teens in the Washington DC area - a fun video contest that has engaged thousands of teens globally from over 40 countries on their ideas for change as they relate to one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  These teens are strongly encouraged to join our weekly virtual meetings led by teens called SDG Hubs that focus on moving action forward on each of the SDGs!

The Global Co Lab Network has partnered with the Smithsonian Conservation Commons and Smithsonian Affiliates on our global video contest and our SDG Hubs to build an Teen Eco Action Network that is tackling climate change, wildlife conservation, plastics, and hunger.

The Global Co Lab Network is proud to be supported by organizations and individuals from around the world.

Our Board of Directors, Advisory Council, Partner Organizations, Interns, and Fellows – supported by our Founding Director and many teen leaders, adult mentors and volunteers, represent tremendous expertise and passion and are critical in helping us advance our visiion of engaging youth to be change makers globally with a focus on the UN SDGs.  Click here to see the team.

"Not only does the Global Co Lab Network provide a platform for youth, you lift us up in the way you engage with us. If more people did that, we would accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals faster."

— Julia Gifferty, student at George Washington University

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