Selena Gomez: Young Humanitarian Award
Although the hit Disney show “The Wizards of Waverly Place” and an uber-successful foray into music have made Gomez a celebrity, the starlet’s true passion lies with her work for Unicef. She got involved with the humanitarian group when she was 17 and continues to serve the group as an ambassador.
“Ultimately the goal is just to use what I have,” Gomez says. “I have a platform and I’m very, very blessed to do what I love to do every day. The first step is using your voice. I want to be able to influence people my age, younger, older. I want to educate people.”
Gomez hopes that her involvement with Unicef, which garnered her the Young Humanitarian Award at Unite4:Humanity, will ultimately spread awareness of different causes.
“We encourage people to understand that we’re not just in this tiny bubble,” Gomez says.
“There’s a lot of other things going on in the world. It just kind of put things in perspective and hopefully we’ll be able to change that.”
One of Gomez’s favorite parts about traveling for Unicef is the getting to see the world through the eyes of the people she meets. “They have a different way of viewing life, and it just kind of takes you to this whole other place and makes you step back and look at your life,” Gomez says. “It’s just the greatest feeling.”— Francesca Bacardi