Power of Youth 2013: Nina Dobrev for Free The Children

Power of Youth 2013: Nina Dobrev for Free The Children

Nina Dobrev is taking volunteerism to a whole new level.

The 24-year-old actress is the second celebrity that will be honored at Variety’s 2013 Power of Youth for her work with Free The Children.

“I love their whole concept of kids helping kids,” Nina shared with the trade magazine. “It empowered me and opened up my eyes to the fact that you can affect people all over the world. The program really encourages young people to travel to different countries and actually physically do something and meet the kids, as opposed to just donating money and hoping it gets to the source. That’s what I found so appealing.”

Nina adds of her first trip with the organization, “I helped build a school and a well and taught kids in Kenya. As much as I was able to help their lives, that trip forever changed and a ected my life. When I talked to friends and people about it, that in turn created a domino effect which hopefully inspires other people who can impact children’s lives in very big ways.”

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Photos: Ramona Rosales for Variety
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