Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group, and Glee star Cory Monteith have announced their search for six ‘special youth ambassadors’, who for three months will help promote the work of three youth charities that all support at-risk and homeless young people in the UK: Foyer Federation, The Albert Kennedy Trust and Depaul UK.

The six ambassadors chosen will also get the opportunity to meet Cory Monteith and join him for lunch at The Roof Gardens’ Babylon Restaurant in Kensington, London in June, 2011.

Virgin Unite ambassador Cory Monteith has supported the RE*Generation Movement in the US and Canada; a partnership with Virgin Unite and Virgin Mobile working with fantastic frontline organisations that support at-risk and homeless young people to build a brighter future.

Entrants will be asked to create a 250 word essay or a two minute video explaining why volunteering is important and how they could use their skills through social media and beyond to help raise awareness of the charities’ work and the issues that at-risk and homeless young people face. The best contributions will be chosen by a panel of judges from Virgin Unite and the charities. Winning entrants will be contacted on 10th June, 2011. To apply go to www.virginunite.com/coryvolunteers. The promotion runs from 25h May to June 6, 2011.

“As a Virgin Unite ambassador, I’m excited to have the opportunity to come to the UK and encourage other young people to volunteer and get involved with their communities,” said Cory Monteith, star of the hit TV show Glee. “I think it’s important to give back, and empower others to help and I can’t wait to meet the ‘special youth ambassadors’ who will be helping to raise awareness of the work that Foyer Federation, The Albert Kennedy Trust and Depaul UK are doing to support youth at-risk and homeless young people. I am expecting to see some great ways in which these challenging messages and stories of hope can reach a wide audience, helping to change people’s perceptions of young people at risk.”

Jean Oelwang, CEO, Virgin Unite, said, “Cory is a dedicated and passionate ambassador and we’re extremely grateful that he is giving his time to help us raise awareness of the issues at-risk and homeless young people face here in the UK, as well as encourage volunteering amongst his thousands of fans.”

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