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DreamMakers spoke at the POP Festival for Youth-led Climate Action

Some of our Dream Makers (youth social entrepreneurs) were invited to participate in a session called “Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship in Climate Action” this morning, June 9, 2021.

This discussion on day 5 of the POP Festival for Youth-led ClimateAction, 2021 highlighted the vision, experience, and lessons learned from new-age entrepreneurs who have used creativity and technology in various ways to combat climate change.⠀POP (Protect Our Planet) is a non-profit organization that promotes and mobilizes global action and aims to empower the youth to have active participation in addressing issues of climate change faced by our planet.

Check it out here:

 

Photos from the event, from Left:
Zoom screenshot with youth and leaders around the world, Emma Kraft talking about Coral Sunscreen, Cody Gould demonstrating his SDG Virtual World, Heidi Cuppari speaking about Dream Tank as a whole.

May the Fourth be with You @ The New Dream Tank Virtual Headquarters

Dream Tank is excited to unveil our new virtual headquarters, hosted on the RedRex platform. On May 4th, we will be hosting our first event in this space, an open house for our highly aligned partners, mentors, investors and Dream Makers to come together and network for good!

What: Activate the Force on the 4th with an open house and tours of our HQ, Networking, Partnership Opportunities.
*Feel free to dress up as your favorite Star Wars character!*

Date: May 4, 2021 – One of our favorite days of the year

Time: Two Times Available to Join

Partnerships and Collaboration and HQ Tours– 11am-1pm EST / 10-12pm CST / 9-11 MST / 8-10 PST
Youth and family tours / sneak peek of initial Island 17 / Gaming for Good prototype, applications for the program to develop the game. 6-8pm EST / 5-7pm CST / 4-6pm MST / 3-5pm PST

Background and Origin of The Dream Tank Portal

In November 2019, Dream Tank’s CEO Heidi Cuppari met the CEO of RedRex Jenn Bonine, on a call in preparation for Jenn to speak at a collective impact event Dream Tank was producing along with The Digital Economist.  The more they talked, they learned they were both women in tech and entrepreneurship, moms with entrepreneurial and service oriented children, and they’d both be in Davos for the World Economic Forum’s 50th annual meeting. In that first meeting, they came up with the phrase “Rapid Action Collaboration,” shook hands that they’d support each other, led a roundtable at the event to activate their friendship and partnership Since then, they’ve volunteered, sponsored, celebrated, strategized in person, co-produced collective impact events, hackathons, and put their kids and many others on the UN stage as Youth Ambassadors together.  

A year and a half later, their wonderful teams are now launching the Dream Tank virtual Headquarters, The Dream Tank Portal, powered by Red Rex, who has invested much time, money and talent to create a space for youth to feel safe, heard, dream, design and launch their dreams, collaborate with cross sector leaders, and most of all, have fun.

About Red Rex

Red Rex creates virtual office buildings with their own floors, layouts, office spaces, and conference rooms. The Dream Tank Portal includes offices for our team and key partners, meeting themed conference rooms, and walls to display artwork and get inspired. We’re excited to host you there!

Events at The Dream Tank Portal

Stay tuned! We’ll be hosting more networking events and collaboration sessions in the Dream Tank Portal and highlighting the work of our Dream Makers and Incredible Partners. 

Opportunities for Partners

We’ve got some truly amazing partners here at Dream Tank and we want to put a spotlight on them and be a space for radical collaboration. Partners and partner organizations can contact us for a chance to be nominated as an SDG ambassador at one of the Dream Tank Portal events. This means they’ll get their own room in the Dream Tank Portal for the event, will be featured as a keynote speaker, and will be highlighted on our website and in our blog. If you’re looking to make strategic connections and get even more out of your partnership with Dream Tank, this is for you! 

This is just the Beginning! 

The Virtual HQ powered by Red Rex is just the first step on our journey to create a global youth social entrepreneurship ecosystem. It is a place to find strategic partners, or to join the mission to build Island 17, or even to just be inspired by all of the amazing things that young people can accomplish when we enable them to build their dreams. So join us, step into our mission control, and help us reach 1 billion youth who are going to engineer the future, today.    

RSVP Below and ensure to provide your email, and we will send you a specific access badge to enter the virtual building on May 4.

RSVP Here

Hayden’s 13th Year Kindness Challenge

On April 17th, at the beginning of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, an unimaginable tragedy struck the Hunstable family. Overwhelmed by the drastic effects of the pandemic on his family and lifestyle, Hayden Hunstable took his own life just four days before his 13th birthday. The devastated family, eager to make a difference in the lives of other children affected severely by COVID-19, shared Hayden’s story with the rest of the world. 

Now Dream Tank, along with the Robert Jones Black Foundation, has put together the Kindness Challenge, a contest for the world’s youth that encourages kids from all different backgrounds to support each other through this trying time by sending in videos and tributes of kindness. Dream Tank is challenging children and adults alike to come together in spirit, if not in person, and live an extraordinary boy’s thirteenth year for him. 

Please take the time to watch this video in full – it is a PSA an extraordinary group of families have put together in just FOUR DAYS. We wanted to release it as a birthday present on Hayden’s birthday.

Hayden’s story has inspired us all, fortifying our trust in each other as we make new connections and are reminded why, even in this time of crisis, the word “unity” is present in “humanity”.

From an act of desperation, a community of support and harmony was born.

From Hayden’s loneliness, so many were brought together.

Our mission is to celebrate not just Hayden, but the millions of brilliant minds, hearts, and souls whose voices are drowned out by the constant commotion of the world. We have reflected on his suffering and have strived to make fundamental changes in our own lives, with our own families, that ensure no one has to go through what he did again. We have made dear friends out of complete strangers and have had the privilege to call people living across the world family. 

Hayden, you are heard. You are loved. 

And as your eyes closed, the world’s eyes opened. 

-Amalia Rose Battle (age 12) 

Take The Challenge

Mom and Daughter DreamMaker Graphic Novel Contest

#TakeAction and help a #DreamTank #DreamMaker with their social innovation project while having fun.

Sydney, a 13 year old Dream Tank summer camp grad, her 9 year old sister Siena and her mother Ariel are launching a crowdfunding and coloring contest to get their family’s mother-daughter kids’ graphic novel illustrated and published. Eventually, it will become an animated film and create more awareness and funding for the Ocean Cleanup Project, contributing to #SDG4: Quality Education and #SDG14: Life Under Water!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The family’s story begins with the Lumins, small underwater creatures that deliver sea glass to humans or at least they did, until Sarwen, the angry crab, started cleaning up the ocean shoreline because he was tired of the mess that humans left behind. Kora must journey to stop Sarwen from disrupting the imbalance between the worlds. 

The Glimmer Series of Underwater Graphic Novels aims to empower parents and children worldwide to take inspired action towards SDGs #4: Quality Education and SDG #14: Life Below Water to clean and protect our planet’s oceans. 

 

Now… This is where the fun begins!

KIDS, SUBMIT YOUR COLORING PAGE! 

Sydney and her family are running a contest to get the word out on social media. Kids can color, paint and decorate a coloring page and parents can enter them into the drawing to win a poster of Kora Kelly, the main character! 

RULES:

  • Three lucky contestants will win. 
  • You can enter from 2/21/21 through 4/6/2021 at 12:00 a.m. MST. 
  • Print out our coloring page. You can DM us to get the link or just copy it from here.
  • Kids! Color your most creative way and have your parents post your entry on social media on Facebook, Instagram or TikTok with the hashtag #ILoveLumins; share the link to the campaign: https://igg.me/at/glimmerseries and tag 5 friends that would love the Lumins!
  • Limited to one entry per child. You can have multiple entries per family if you have multiple children in your household.

 

Drawing will take place on 4/11/2021 and winners will be announced through the Indiegogo platform and social media. Winners will also be contacted on their parent’s social media platform to arrange shipping.

You can also support Kora Kelly’s adventure with the Lumins by sharing this post or the link to the campaign.

We are proud to promote this contest in our #dreamtank community and are excited to see who the winners are!

Dream Tank is a 501c3 non-profit social enterprise. Contributions to DreamTank ™ are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.