The former government employee saw the energy and mobilization of young people over the years, especially when others seemed to turn a blind eye to it. In order to do that, Staheli created an organization that would allow her to tap into the motivation of the youth by connecting them with mentors using some of her own connections , fostering communication opportunities and ultimately making change happen as a result. After four years and over 50 local meetings, Teens Dream Co Lab was co-created with the help of local NoVA teens from high schools such as Oakton High School and the Thomas Jefferson School for Science and Technology , as a branch of the Global Co Lab Network that is dedicated to bringing students together virtually, to address topics from climate action to gender equality. The nonprofit is now partially funded by a partnership with the Smithsonian and other organizations, using its platform to create virtual spaces for students all over the world to connect. People like Thunberg are the perfect example of the type of young individuals that Staheli wants to get involved in Teen Dreams Co Lab. For the sixth year in a row, the organization launched its annual video competition. Until Jan. The organization is still in its growing phase, says Staheli.
Many teens dream of getting a good education, finding jobs they love, getting married, and having families -- but many also have concerns about realizing those dreams. Teens understand that while higher education is no firm guarantee of success, it is one key to landing a job they enjoy and find fulfilling. Teens' dreams are peppered with a good deal of pragmatism. Teens seem to be paying attention when adults talk about tough economic times and are aware of the rising expenses associated with going to college.
To Chris Ouyang, extraordinary achievement requires extraordinary effort. That was a lesson he learned early in life from his mother; he has made it the foundation of his personal belief system. Active in orchestra as a violinist, choir, the BVNW Academic Decathlon Team and We the People, the Citizen and Constitution, a four-year government class, Ouyang exerts himself academically as though he were completing intellectual pull-ups. Ouyang, recipient of a full ride to the University of Kansas, is a classically trained pianist, enjoys arranging and composing music, excels at math, science and chemistry and loves studying about government and the constitutional forefathers. Helen Hardgree, gifted facilitator and academic coach at BVNW, has known Ouyang since his first day of sixth grade when he walked into her gifted education classroom. Chris Ouyang is a high school student I will never forget. When it comes to dreams, Ouyang is succinct about their value.