Variety Power of Youth 2011

Hollywood’s Top Young Talents – Darren Criss, Chloe Moretz, Hailee Steinfeld, Bailee Madison, Rico Rodriguez, Hayden Panettiere, Angus T. Jones – Honored at Variety Power of Youth


The world of philanthropy has a bright future ahead, judging from the example being set by seven honorees and scores of young stars at the 5th annual “Variety Power of Youth,” which took place Oct. 22 at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. Stepping up to receive awards for their charitable contributions were Darren Criss of “Glee,” Angus T. Jones of “Two and a Half Men,” Hailee Steinfeld of “True Grit,” Chloe Moretz of “Let Me In,” Rico Rodriguez of “Modern Family,” Bailee Madison of “Just Go With It” and Hayden Panettiere of “Heroes.” 

With Greyson Chance performing, plus Paramount’s New York streets filled with food stands, games, arts and crafts projects and educational booths featuring several different causes, guests had activities to enjoy, as well as opportunities to learn. On one street, a man in a mosquito suit played goalee on a mini-soccer field to showcase “Nothing but Nets,” a movement to end malaria. On another, a recycle bin held old athletic shoes, dropped off by party-goers so Nike could recycle them into surfaces for basketball courts.    

“I am honored to be here,” said the very talented Darren Criss, aka Blaine Anderson of “Glee,” amid guests asking for autographs and photos.  “I barely make it to the under-25 mark, but I’m so encouraged to see what a difference so many kids who are just into their teens are making.”

“I love what the ‘Power of Youth’ stands for,” said Jillian Clare of “Miss Behave.” She brought two pairs of shoes for the basketball court and two books for a book drive.

Mingling in the crowd were Rebecca Black, singer of the viral hit, “Friday;” Adam Irigoyen, Caroline Sunshine, Zendaya Coleman and Davis Cleveland of “Shake It Up;” Kelsey Chow of “One Tree Hill;” Isabelle Fuhrman of “Hunger Games;” Zachary Gordon and Peyton List of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid;” Nolan Gould of “Modern Family;” Cassie Scerbo of “Make It or Break It;” Nolan Sotillo and Raini Rodriguez of “Prom;” Stefanie Scott of “No Strings Attached;” Ryan Ochoa of “Pair of Kings,” plus his brothers, Raymond Ochoa and Robert Ochoa; Greer Grammar of “Awkward;” Braeden Lemasters of “Men of a Certain Age;” Andy Pessoa of “Transformers Prime;” and Andrea Bowen of “Desperate Housewives.”

Others included Rachel Fox of “Dream House,” Dominic Scott Kay of “Air Buddies;” Taylor Gray and Dillon Lane of “Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures;” Kristi Lauren of Living the Dream;” Garrett Ryan of “Haunting Hour;” Vincent Martella of “Phineas and Ferb;” Kiernan Shipka of “Mad Men;” Brett DelBuono of “Let Me In;” Preston Bailey of “Dexter;” Kat Graham of “The Vampire Diaries;” Garrett Backstrom of “Hello Herman;” Ryan Potter of “Super Ninjas;” Christina Cibrian and Manika. Youth Impact honorees were Debby Ryan of “The Suite Life on Deck;” Mary Mouser of “Body of Proof;” Atticus Shaffer of “The Middle;” Amandla Stenberg of “Colombiana;” Yara Shahidi of “Salt;” Jane Levy of “Suburgatory;” and Thomas Horn of “Teen Jeopardy.”

To begin the official ceremonies, Justin Willman of “Scrabble Showdown” welcomed the celebrated guests and introduced Sarah Desjardins, Kendall Amyre Ferguson, Ana Golja, Zach Mills and Sterling Beaumon of the new television show “Clue.”

Lorrie Copeland then presented The Hub Hero award to 13-year old Quinn Masterson for her charity work. Copeland is senior VP of Social Impact for The Hub television network, the day’s presenting sponsor.

Brian Gott, publisher of Variety, thanked the young stars in the audience for supporting the event, reminding them, as the next generation in the entertainment industry, of their importance as role models.

“There are millions of people who look up to you,” Gott said.  “You have the power to influence and the ability to create movements that can change the world… The power of youth is real and very, very powerful.”

Madison, Panettiere, Rodriguez, Moretz, Jones, Steinfeld and Criss spoke on behalf of their favorite causes: Alex’s Lemonade Stand, The Whaleman Foundation, Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, The Film Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry Campaign and The Trevor Project, respectively.  By clicking on the web links, readers can learn more about these important organizations, which are close to the hearts of the honorees.

In previous years, honorees have included Justin Bieber, Dakota Fanning, the Jonas Brothers, Taylor Lautner, Miley Cyrus, Abigail Breslin, Hilary Duff, Victoria Justice, Corbin Bleu, Selena Gomez, Jesse McCartney, AnnaLynne McCord, Keke Palmer, Bow Wow, Shailene Woodley, Miranda Cosgrove and others.

Top photo, from left: Variety Power of Youth honorees Hayden Panettiere, Bailee Madison, Rico Rodriguez, Angus T. Jones, Chloe Moretz, Hailee Steinfeld and Darren Criss; bottom photo: “Glee” fan Marina O’Connell, 5, meets Darren Criss.



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Published Oct. 23, 2011 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA