02/21/2011 09:29 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Miley Cyrus: Global Action Youth Leadership Award Winner

Maybe kids really do relate to Miley Cyrus.

The teen superstar was presented with the Global Action Youth Leadership Award at the 1st Annual Global Action Awards Gala on Friday night, taking home the honor thanks to her impressive charity efforts. According to Just Jared, the singer and actress was recognized for her support of Blessings In A Backpack, an organization that works to feed hungry children at schools, as well as her personal Get Ur Good On campaign with the Youth Services of America.

Of course, it's a nice change of PR news for Cyrus, whose name has been in print recently for some things for which she probably wouldn't receive a youth leadership award.

Among other scandals, Miley was caught smoking the legal herb salvia from a bong at a party in December, suffered criticism for her very suggestive stage outfits during a summer tour, did some dirty dancing with the 44-year old director of her summer film, "The Last Song," and had another round of racy photos leaked in late December.

Her father, Billy Ray, said recently that he's "scared for her" and how Hollywood has changed her, but clearly, she's still doing some things right.

"But I've never, ever claimed to be perfect," Cyrus told Marie Claire recently. "I mean, since I've started the show, I've always said, 'I'm gonna make mistakes.' I know this. And I think that that is one of the reasons why people related to me. Why kids related to me."

And why, perhaps, they volunteer for her efforts.