DoSomething Announces Nominees. 'Glee's' Jane Lynch Will Host Award Show
This show will air live from Los Angeles at 9 p.m. on VH1 and honor five nominees for their work toward social change. Each will receive a community grant of $10,000, and one of the five will be named the grand prize winner and receive $100,000 for their charity.
The five nominees were announced at New York City's famous Apollo Theater by actors from The Office, 90210, Victorious, and -- our faves -- Zach Roerig and Sara Canning from The Vampire Diaries. Even the Backstreet Boys stopped by for a live performance.
The July 19 show will also feature celebrity categories that recognize those using their famous faces to better the world. You can vote here for the movie star, TV show, music artist, athlete, and comedian who you think is working the hardest to improve society.
Meet the 2010 nominees:
Micaela Connery, 23, Hartford, CT
Inspired by her cousin Kelsey, Micaela founded Unified Theater, a high school theater program featuring students with various developmental and physical abilities. Over 19 productions have featured 1,300 people.
Jacqueline Murekatete, 25, New York, NY
Jacqueline's parents, six siblings, as well as most of her extended family were part of the 1 million victims of the genocide in Rwanda. In 2007, she created Jacqueline's Human Rights Corner to educate people, and she is currently working to build a community center in Rwanda.
Wilfredo Perez Jr., 23, Providence, RI
Wilfredo founded a Public Health and Education Program in La Caye, Haiti to train health workers ages 16-21 who are orphans. So far, the program was able to help over 1,200 patients.
Jessica Posner, 23, Middletown, CT
Jessica co-founded Shining Hope for Communities in Kibera, the largest slum in Africa. There, 66% of girls exchange sex for food as early as age six. Through her work, Jessica helped close to 6,000 people from Kibera receive education and jobs.
Mark Rembert, 25, Wilmington, OH
Mark's town's unemployment rate was at a staggering 19%, so he started Energize Clinton County in 2008. This made his community the first Green Enterprise Zone in the country and to date, Wilmington, OH has received 1.4 million dollars of direct green investment.