Power of Youth 2013: Jake T. Austin for Ronald McDonald House

Power of Youth 2013: Jake T. Austin for Ronald McDonald House

For Jake T. Austin, it really is all about the kids.

The 18-year-old The Fosters actor will be recognized at Variety’s 2013 Power of Youth for his work with Ronald McDonald House, to which he’s also the official youth ambassador.

“The fact that my mom’s an oncology nurse means I’ve been very close to the world of cancer, and it’s not something to tiptoe away from,” he shared. “So I’m using my position as a platform to bring a message to kids: to get involved, whether it be donating or educating themselves about the cause.”

“[I got involved] because it spoke to my personality and my roots. We had a close family friend who just passed away from cancer, and I was in awe watching the courage and strength some of these patients have…I make it a point to visit the House and reconnect with a lot of kids whenever I can,” Jake added.

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