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Age 16, H2OO Co-Founder


Youth Artivism at Global Nomads World Needs Clean Oceans Virtual Event

Artistic outlets are a great way to create real-world change! They allow me to use something I love, dance, as a way to spread a message that I care about.

Therefore, I was thrilled to be invited as a guest speaker to The World Needs Clean Oceans virtual event. It was hosted by Global Nomads Group, which creates yearly challenges to educate students around the world on five different world needs. This year focused on Overcoming Bias, Art Activism, Clean Oceans, Hunger Relief, and Humanitarian Aid.

I shared about the dance piece A Source of Hope, which I co-directed with my coach JC Caoile and danced in alongside dancers from the Krazy8 Senior dance team.

We used the outlet of art in our piece to create a call to action in telling a story of consumption, fear, isolation, community, global connection, and hope. Making this video was so rewarding because I was able to spread an important message alongside incredible people and artists.

It was truly inspiring to be at this global virtual event and hear from other amazing youth speakers. I saw so many hopeful young voices in the room eager to make a difference in the world. Artivism is an amazing way to connect with people on a deeper level, and I recommend it to everyone who has a passion for art and wishes to make a difference.

Dakota’s art in action dance performance.