13 Young Latino Celebs Making a Difference!

From visiting foreign lands in the hopes of raising awareness about the plights of others to lending their beautiful voices to help raise money for those less fortunate, today’s young Latino stars are making an enormous (and meaningful) difference in the world. They're also proving that you're never too young to change the world. Here, we present 13 Latino celeb do-gooders we love! 

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1. Do-Gooders: Bella Thorne

Bella Thorne, 14

She may have won a “Young Artist Award” for her role in My Own Worst Enemy, but 14-year-old Bella Thorne could win a Young Philanthropist Award. That’s because the actress/model, best known for playing aspiring young dancer CeCe Jones on the Disney Channel’s Shake It Up!, has supported Friends of El Faro, an organization dedicated to helping the children of Tijuana, Mexico’s Casa Hogar Sion orphanage. She’s also worked closely with the TJ Martell Foundation, which funds innovative medical research to find cures and treatments for leukemia, cancer and AIDS, and DoSomething.org. And, she even helped STOMP Out Bullying commemorate National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month last October.

2. Do-Gooders: Victoria Justice

Victoria Justice, 19

With a last name like Justice, it should come as no surprise that Victoria Justice would do her part to help those less fortunate. Last fall, the 19-year-old singer/actress, best known for her role as Tori Vega on Nickelodeon’s Victorious, made a trip to Guatemala with the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up Initiative and has been blogging about the experience ever since. “I'm a 17-year-old girl, and I have all of these opportunities, but there are other 17-year-old girls who have zero opportunities, which is why I'm working with Girl Up,” she said at the time. “I was looking into different charities and hearing these girls in Guatemala and Africa talk about having to walk miles for water and crying because they don't have any money to go to school. It just really broke my heart, so I want to spread the word as much as I can and get other people working together. Before you know it we can actually make a difference."

3. Do-Gooders: Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez, 19 

The 19-year-old former Wizards of Waverly Place alum is using her growing worldwide recognition to give back. Along with serving as UNICEF’s youngest ever Goodwill Ambassador, Selena Gomez has worked with the ENOUGH Project to shine a light on the difficulties that Congolese citizens are struggling with due to war, poverty and conflict minerals.  But that’s not all… She’s partnered with Kermit the Frog to raise awareness of endangered amphibians, worked with the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, and helped smaller charities like Island Dogs which helps save Puerto Rican dogs. It’s no wonder she’s such a great role model for kids throughout the world!   

 

4. Do-Gooders: Tyler Posey

Tyler Posey, 20

Since starring on MTV’s Teen Wolfa re-imagining of the 1985 film of the same name—Tyler Posey has seen his stock rise in Hollywood. But there’s more to Posey than a pretty face! When he isn’t steaming up television screens, Posey is giving back. Last year, he joined Puma at a charity event benefiting Soles4Souls, a charity that collects shoes and distributes them to people in need. And he even volunteered to give the shirt off his back to help those in need. Posey offered to donate his MTV Video Music Awards outfit to help his Teen Wolf co-star Colton Hayes’ charity Love Is Louder.

5. Do-Gooders: Jake T. Austin

Jake T. Austin, 17

Maybe playing do-gooder Selena Gomez’s brother on Wizards of Waverly Place has rubbed off on Jake T. Austin. The 17-year-old actor, who recently guest-starred on NBC’s Law & Order: SVU, is actively involved in a number of charitable causes. In the past, Austin has supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children who have life-threatening medical conditions and the Starlight Children's Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with chronic and life-threatening medical conditions. In addition, Austin works closely with Variety's Power of Youth initiative, which partners with young stars to help raise money for their chosen causes.

6. Do-Gooders: Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato, 19

Demi Lovato became a contributing editor to Seventeen magazine last year as a way of sharing her personal issues with teen girls. It’s part of a larger campaign called "Love is Louder than the Pressure to Be Perfect." In addition, she’s supported a number of charities dedicated to social and environmental causes, including STOMP Out Bullying, Love Our Children USA, Kids Wish Network, City of Hope and the Red Cross. Her philanthropic and charitable efforts even landed her on DoSomething.org’s 2011 “Top 20 Celebs Gone Good” list.

7. Do-Gooders: Jasmine Villegas

Jasmine Villegas, 18

She’s toured with (and reportedly secretly dated) Justin Bieber, starred in a commercial for Hilary Duff’s clothing line and guest starred on the Disney Channel’s That’s So Raven. But when Jasmine Villegas isn’t entertaining the masses, the 18-year-old singer/actress is making a difference in the world around her. Last December, Villegas participated in a special “Santa Walk” for Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California, which provides assistance to abused, addicted, physically challenged, neglected, and/or underprivileged children throughout Southern California. Last summer, she also partnered with Charice to record a track called “One Voice.” Proceeds from the song benefitted the Phillipines-based charity Gawad Kalinga, which hopes to end poverty and build sustainable communities in the Southeast Asian country.

 

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Demi Lovato

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Bella Thorne

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10. Do-Gooders: Adam Irigoyen

Adam Irigoyen, 14

Adam Irigoyen best known for his role on Disney’s Shake It Up!, is a talented multi-hyphenate. He’s an actor, singer, dance and rapper. But that doesn’t stop him from doing his part to help others in need. The 14-year-old teen’s charity of choice at the moment: The TJ Martell Foundation, which funds innovative medical research to find cures and treatments for leukemia, cancer and AIDS.

Irigoyen and his Shake It Up! co-star Bella Thorne recently helped the foundation on their annual family day in Los Angeles, as well as the annual Children’s Day in LA But that’s not all, Irigoyen even found time to support the 2011 St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign, which benefitted the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

11. Do-Gooders: Moises Arias

Moises Arias, 17

He’s best known for his scene-stealing role on the Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana, but Moises Arias also participated in the Disney Channel Games, annual Olympic-based televised games that aired on the network from 2006–2008 and featured teams competing for various charities including Boys & Girls Club, UNICEF, Make-a-Wish Foundation and Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation. In addition, the 17-year-old actor has helped out at Variety's Power of Youth events in recent years and was a volunteer at the KaBoom!

12. Do-Gooders: Nolan Sotillo

Nolan Sotillo, 17

Nolan Sotillo could become the Latino Zac Efron in the very near future. After all, the 17-year-old actor/singer who appeared in last year’s film Prom will next star in the Disney Channel’s High School Musical spin-off television series Madison High. And like Efron, Sotillo believes in being charitable. Last fall, the rising tween star participated in Variety’s Power of Youth event, which celebrates Hollywood’s youngest philanthropists and encourages people of all ages to make charitable contributions. And with his growing fame and popularity, rest assured that he’ll continue his giving ways.

13. Do-Gooders: Lourdes Leon

Lourdes Leon, 16

Like her famous mother Madonna, Lola has supported numerous charities throughout the years. Leon visited orphanages in Malawi and attended numerous events like last year’s benefit for Bent on Learning, an organization that raises money to offer instruction in yoga and meditation to children in NYC public schools and youth centers as a means of reducing stress and improving concentration, self-esteem and overall health. So it seems the apple of Madonna’s eye didn’t fall too far from the tree! 

 

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