Working together, creative, innovative and compassionate teens can be an unstoppable Creative Force for Good
Your ability to visually convey the essence of issues and ideas is critical to their awareness and understanding.
Tell the story visually, design signs to support marchers, illustrate written works from peers, create animations for social media, design merch for fundraisers, and more!
Your gift of creative expression can help open eyes, minds and hearts - you can move people.
Record songs for anthems, choreograph dances for social media campaigns, act in fellow teens' plays and films, and more!
Without awareness and understanding of issues, there can be no change.
Share your perspective through journalism, poetry and spoken word, storytelling, playwriting and screenwriting. We may enlist teenage performing artists and filmmakers to help bring it to life!
Inventors, Programmers and Entrepreneurs
Your creative problem solving can change the world.
Every single challenge we face can benefit from creative solutions. Whether simple or complex, your product, service or program, invention, app, website or other medical, technical or scientific solution could be the one that makes all the difference.
Changemakers, Leaders and Activists
Taking action is critical to creating change. YOU are a critical part of the solution!
Submit ideas - or showcase what you've already done - to increase awareness of an issue, rally others to action, influence decision makers and voters, or raise funds for the solution.
Starting with these CAUSES:
Let's celebrate, increase awareness of and build respect for all ethnicities, identities, cultures, personalities, body types, abilities, passions, dreams and aspirations!
Express your own pride or celebrate others through music, dance, art, spoken word, film making, fashion design, culinary arts, blogs/vlogs, and more.
Every week we'll select entries to be featured in benefit variety shows, and maybe secure funding for your ideas!
Increase awareness of the issues, dismantle systemic racism, address policing, voting access, educational opportunity gaps (tech, tutoring, coursework, etc.), school to prison pipeline, healthcare, media bias, criminal justice reform, housing, civics education and participation, livable wages, economic empowerment and so on.
For example, "12% of white LGBTQ youth attempted suicide compared to 31% of Native/Indigenous youth, 21% of Black youth, 21% of multiracial youth, 18% of Latinx youth, and 12% of Asian/Pacific Islander youth."
But get this: "One accepting adult decreases the risk of suicide among LGBTQ young people by 40%." The Trevor Project
You can support additional causes that are most important to you such as culturally competent mental health services, body positivity, school safety, food insecurity and poverty, immigration reform, education access and achievement, foster care and adoption, and animal welfare.
We'll display all approved entries in the cause's gallery in the Festival to inspire all who visit to be part of the solution. You may also be selected to win a Changemaker Award and have your work featured in Teens on the Verge benefit variety shows to raise funds and recruit volunteers! Now THAT's IMPACT!
While we encourage self expression through art, IF YOU ARE IN A CRISIS, please Text HOME to 741741 or call 1-800-273-8255. For emergencies, call 911.
For families, The National PTA has resources to help make it easier for your family to prioritize mental health. "We encourage you to use our informational resources and family activities below to begin learning more about how you can build Social Emotional Learning and resilience skills and better understand and address depression, anxiety, loneliness & isolation, and grief and loss."