Do Something is a program that supports youth who are creating positive social change. They encourage youth to tackle problems such as poverty, environment, violence, education, and any issue that negatively affects our world. Every year one outstanding youth is chosen to receive $100,000 to continue and expand their good work and 4 runners-up are awarded $10,000.
At the 2013 annual awards show Daniel Maree won the grand prize for his Million Hoodie Movement to raise awareness about racial profiling. Living in a predominately white neighborhood he has faced racial profiling numerous times and was inspired to do something after the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin.
Million Hoodies gives youth an opportunity to become leaders with a 2 day program for “high school and college students to strategize and design action plans to address gun violence and criminal justice issues in their communities”.
They are also supporting and helping to create local chapters “to transform their communities through grassroots organizing, strategic communications campaigns, and creative technology, is essential to transforming the public narrative around gun violence and racial profiling.”
Watch a recap of the 2013 show and learn about all nominees.
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