Acclaimed television, film and Broadway actress, longtime children’s activist and “Law & Order SVU” star Stephanie March is leading a global search for the world’s best social changemakers who are working to improve children’s lives.

March is encouraging individuals who have started nonprofit organizations benefitting children to apply for the 2010 World of Children Awards (aka “The Nobel Prize for Children”) and has launched a video to spread the message.

The 2010 World of Children Awards carry up to $50,000 in funding for changemakers for children. Awards are granted in three categories:

  • World of Children’s Youth Award, which carries a grant of up to $25,000 and recognizes a young person under the age of 21 who is making extraordinary contributions to the lives of other children.
  • World of Children Humanitarian Award, which carries a grant of up to $50,000 and recognizes an individual who has made a significant lifetime contribution to children in the areas of social services, education or humanitarian services. Nominees must have created, managed or otherwise supported one or more sustainable programs that have significantly contributed to children’s opportunities to be safe, to learn and to grow.
  • World of Children Health Award, which carries a grant of up to $50,000 and recognizes an individual who has made a significant lifetime contribution to children in the fields of health, medicine or the sciences. Nominees must have created, managed or otherwise supported one or more sustainable programs that have significantly contributed to children’s health and well-being.

Nominees for the World of Children Humanitarian and Health Awards must have been working on behalf of children over and above their normal employment and have been engaged in their efforts for a minimum of 10 years.

Nominations for the 2010 World of Children Awards must be submitted by midnight Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Saturday, May 1, 2010. Recipients of the 2010 World of Children Awards will be officially announced and celebrated in New York City in November 2010.

“Each year World of Children searches the globe for ordinary people doing extraordinary work on behalf of children in need,” said Stephanie March, World of Children’s Celebrity Ambassador. “Our World of Children Award honorees are a remarkable example of the tremendous impact just one individual can have on the lives of others.”

For more than a decade, World of Children has identified and vetted some of the most promising changemakers for children worldwide and provided funding for their efforts to improve children’s lives. The organization’s exhaustive research and vetting of individuals spearheading health and humanitarian initiatives across the global spectrum has been hailed by leading philanthropic organizations.

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