Since 1996, DoSomething.org has honored the nation’s best young world-changers, 25 and under. Do Something Award nominees and winners represent the pivotal "do-ers" in their field, cause or issue.
In 2012 (up to) five finalists will appear on the Do Something Awards on Vh1 and be rewarded with a community grant, media coverage and continued support from DoSomething.org. The grand prize winner will receive $100,000 during the broadcast.
The deadline to apply for the award is March 1.
To apply or nominate someone, visit the Do Something Awards Web site.
Last year, the Do Something Awards aired on VH1 and were hosted by Jane Lynch of GLEE fame. Celeb presenters and honorees included Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, David Beckham, Olivia Wilde and Will Ferrell. Musical performances were by Demi Lovato, One Republic featuring B.o.B. and Foster the People.
The 2011 Award finalists and semifinalists represented a range of service backgrounds. The winner -- Sarah Cronk of Bettendorf, IA -- created The Sparkle Effect, an initiative to include people with disabilities on school cheerleading squads.
DoSomething.org is a community where young people learn, listen, speak, vote, volunteer, ask and take action to make the world a better place. Currently, only 23% of this generation actively volunteers. Do Something's hope is to create a world where more than 51% of young people are involved with community action. More info at: www.dosomething.org/about/stats-info
Do Something believes teenagers have the power to make a difference. They leverage communications technologies to enable teens to convert their ideas and energy into positive action. They inspire, empower and celebrate a generation of doers: teenagers who recognize the need to do something, believe in their ability to get it done, and then take action. More info at: www.dosomething.org/about