Blanchardâ€™s award recognizes young humanitarians who believe in empathy and equality, pursue causes of social justice, and inspire young people to become change-makers within their own communities to help change the world. Blanchard has long been a tenacious advocate for intersectional feminism and support for the LGBTQIA community, using her social platforms as a source of information for her peers, and using her voice and time to spread awareness for these issues.
Valderramaâ€™s award honors individuals who help to shine a light on important issues surrounding equality and justice. Recipients are well-known for their passionate advocacy and for their tireless efforts to bridge divides and to encourage unity within the global community. Valderrama has directed PSAâ€™s for organizations like Voto Latino, which aims to engage, educate and empower Latinos to be agents of change, and co-founded HARNESS, an organization providing education and engagement opportunities to amplify the work of progressive organizations and individuals.
â€œChildren Mending Hearts is recognizing Rowan and Wilmer for using their voices and talent to create and guide an important conversation on empathy, inclusion and equality,â€ said CMH Founder Lysa Heslov. â€œRowan will receive the Youth Humanitarian Award for empowering young people to be catalysts for change, and Wilmer will receive the Heal the World Award for his longstanding efforts to unify communities and inspire action. They are role models to young people everywhere and an inspiration to our organization and the thousands of at-risk children that we serve.â€
Scheduled to take place in Bel Air, CA on June 11th, the event provides educational art programs to children facing economic hardship to inspire empathy and global-mindedness. Holland Roden, Misha Collins, Pamela Adlon, Perrey Reeves, Rosanna Arquette, Victoria Smurfit, Maria Bello, andÂ Steven WeberÂ will also be in attendance.
You can get involved with this wonderful organization by visitingÂ www.childrenmendinghearts.org.