Nick Jonas will be returning to the Radio Disney Music Awards stage and this time he’s guaranteed a win.
The singer/actor will be receiving the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards Hero Award in recognition of his philanthropy work. Nick was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 13 years old and he helped found Beyond Type 1, a non-profit organization which leverages the power of social media and technology to provide resources for those living with Type 1 diabetes, and provides funding for research, education, advocacy and programs to improve the lives of those living with Type 1 diabetes.
Nick will be presented the prestigious award by his Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle co-star and fellow advocate, actor Jack Black. In addition, Nick is nominated for three categories at the 2017 RDMA, including “He’s The One – Best Male Artist.” Previous “Hero” award recipients include Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez & Shakira.
The RDMAs will also recognize two youth leaders with the RDMA Heroes for Change Award. This year’s heroes embody Be Inspired in their passionate work to create a brighter tomorrow.
Sixteen-year-old Natalie Hampton is a Los Angeles high school junior and the founder of Sit With Us, Inc., a free mobile app which serves as a school lunch planning tool so that no one has to eat lunch alone. While in middle school, Natalie was bullied by her classmates and found herself eating lunch alone every day. When she reached high school, she found a group of friends and would invite anyone eating alone to join her table. Inspired by a simple act of kindness that made a big difference, her idea for the Sit With Us mobile app was born. In addition to being an anti-bullying activist, Natalie volunteers extensively within her community.
Jocelyn Woods of San Jose, California, was inspired by her childhood to found the Under-represented Teen Advocacy Program (U.T.A.P), a program that connects Bay-area teens in need with available services. As a young girl with limited resources, she turned to her local Boys & Girls Club where she found the stability and support she needed to gain a solid education. As National Youth of the Year, Jocelyn continues to advocate for kids and teens, working with Boys & Girls Club of America’s education experts to build new platforms for easier access to college scholarships, internships and secondary education. She is currently studying journalism at the University of Southern California.
Additionally, Radio Disney is proud to partner with the Give a Note Foundation and American Girl® to highlight the importance of music during a special moment in the show.
Be sure to tune into the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards 2-hour-telecast on Sunday, April 30 at 8pm EST.