Channel One is so pumped for the 2013 Do Something Awards!
Every year, our besties at DoSomething.org honor America’s most passionate and inspiring young philanthropists with community grants, media coverage and continued support. During the live show, four nominees will receive $10,000 while one grand prize winner will walk away with $100,000.
This year’s star-studded broadcast will be hosted by Sophia Bush, and will feature performances by singer-songwriter Sarah Bareilles, hip-hop artist and record producer J. Cole and Los-Angeles-based pop band Fitz and the Tantrums.
DoSomething.org will also be recognizing five celebrities for their outstanding contributions to social change: Patrick Dempsey, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jennifer Hudson, LL Cool J and Kelly Osbourne.
Awards will be presented by Darren Criss, Queen Latifah, Michelle Monaghan, Matthew Morrison, Ne-Yo and Joan & Melissa Rivers.
“We are going to laugh, we are going to cry and we are going to party!” says DoSomething CEO Nancy Lublin.
Don’t miss out on the festivities! Tune in to VH1 tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET to catch our favorite awards show (#DSAwards).
In the meantime, check out this year’s “world-changers, 25 and under,” in the slideshow below.
Meet Sasha Fisher, the 24-year-old Co-Founder and Executive Director of Spark Microgrants. While working in South Sudan, Sasha noticed that foreign aid organizations were sidelining locals in the process of rebuilding their country. To rectify this problem, Sasha moved to East Africa and started Spark, which seeks to empower locals in the development process by funding them to identify and address problems in their own communities.
Meet Daniel Maree, the 25-year-old Founder of the Millionhoodies for Justice Movement. When Trayvon Martin was shot in February 2012, Daniel started a campaign that brought the case to our national attention. Daniel’s Millionhoodies for Justice Movement collected over two million signatures on a petition to have George Zimmerman arrested and engaged 50,000 people to participate in rallies across the country.
Meet Jillian Mourning, the 25-year-old founder of All We Want is L.O.V.E. (Liberation of Victims Everywhere). Jillian was 19 years old when she took a break from college to kick-start her modeling career and was raped by her manager and his friends. Jillian became the victim of sexual trafficking and blackmail for six months following the incident. After escaping from that unfortunate situation, she finished college and founded All We Want is L.O.V.E., an organization that educates the American public about sex trafficking and works to rescue sex trafficking victims.
Meet Lorella Praeli, the 24-year-old Director of Advocacy and Policy at United We Dream. Lorella was two years old when she lost one of her legs in a car accident in her native country of Peru. Her parents brought her to the U.S. in the hopes of providing her exceptional medical care and a quality education. When Lorella was offered and then denied a full scholarship from Quinnipiac University, she learned that she was a DREAMer – an individual who was brought to the U.S. as a child without documentation. Lorella convinced the college to give her the scholarship, and then started a student group to push for undocumented Connecticut students to receive in-state tuition. Now, as the Director of Advocacy and Policy at United We Dream, Lorella is working to secure rights for the 11 million DREAMers in the U.S.
Meet Ben Simon, the 23-year-old Founder of the Food Recovery Network. In high school, Ben developed a strong awareness of poverty and hunger in America when his family provided a local homeless man food and shelter for two years. When Ben got to college at the University of Maryland, he was shocked to learn how much food was wasted in his dining hall. Ben created the Food Recovery Network to reallocate the excess food to the needy. His program uses student volunteers to recover leftover food from dining halls to donate to local soup kitchens and shelters.