IMPACT

Do Something Awards Encourage Young People To Make A Difference

07/19/2010 03:54 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Each year, the Do Something Awards inspire American youth by honoring a handful of extraordinary young people who have founded nonprofits and made an important difference for their communities. The five nominees were announced in May -- and the winner will be selected based on the number of votes they receive from the public. Each nominee receives a $10,000 grant for their nonprofit, and the winner will get a $100,000 grant.

The awards also honor celebrities that use their fame to raise awareness about causes, give back to communities in need and make a difference in other ways. This year's nominees include Matt Damon, Ben Stiller, Shakira and many more actors, comedians, musicians and athletes.

The awards kick off tonight at 9 p.m. EDT -- airing live on VH1.

Host Jane Lynch reminds you to tune in.

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