The BRICK Awards, which honors twelve young leaders who identified a problem in their community and then got up off the couch and did something about it, announced today that the show will be broadcast nationwide on The CW April 12 with limited commercial interruption.
The BRICK Award is the premiere national award for community service. Young people and celebrities are honored in four categories: public health, community building, education & environment, and global impact.
This is the first award show on the new CW Network. Securing a primetime slot on The CW elevates this award -- and community service in general -- to the same status as other "fame" based awards being distributed this season.
"It's a pleasure to broadcast a show that will shine the spotlight on this extraordinary group of young people," said Dawn Ostroff, president, entertainment, The CW. "Important achievements like these are to be celebrated and applauded, and this show is a great way to accomplish that."
The BRICK Awards puts the spotlight on the young change-makers who have committed themselves to making a difference in the world. By supporting and rewarding young community action 'rock stars,' the BRICK Awards is creating a whole new breed of role models who aren't famous for their fashion choices or their ability to throw a party, but for their dedication to changing the world.
"Other award shows recognize celebrities who can ice skate and people who can sing, it's about time we honor people who actually do really important good work. I'm looking forward to making these kids more famous than Paris Hilton," said Nancy Lublin, CEO of the BRICK Awards.
Each of the 12 BRICK Winners will receive a $10,000 community grant to continue their work. Four of the 12 winners will be selected as Golden BRICK Winners during the BRICK Awards show. The Golden BRICK Winners will receive an additional $15,000 community grant for a total of $25,000.
The 2007 BRICK Award Winners are:
Jennifer Staple, 25, Newton, CT - Unite for Sight
Ruth DeGolia, 24, New Haven, CT - Mercado Global
Jacob Komar, 14, Burlington, CT - Computers for Communities
William Hwang, 22, Potomac, MD - United InnoWorks Academy
Hannah Taylor, 11, Winnipeg, CN - The Ladybug Foundation, Inc.
David Fajgenbaum, 21, Washington, DC - National Students of AMF (Ailing Mothers & Fathers)
Kimmie Weeks, 25, Newark, DE - Youth Action International
Ashley Rhodes-Courter, 21, Crystal River, FL - North American Council on Adoptable Children
Divine Bradley, 24, Brooklyn, NY - Team Revolution
Kelly Voight, 14, Palantine, IL - Prevent the Bite
Cheryl Perera, 21, Richmond Hill, CN - OneChild Network & Support Systems, Inc.
Jennifer Zwilling, 14, Brookville, NY - Tourette Syndrome Association Youth Ambassador Program
Permanent residents and citizens of the U.S. and Canada were eligible to apply for the BRICK Award. For more information regarding the BRICK Awards, visit www.brickawards.org.
The BRICK Awards honor social change makers and community action tycoons under the age of 25. Young people making a difference in the community can learn more and apply for next year's BRICK Awards at www.brickawards.org.