Vice President Kamala Harris honored young people for doing their part to help others amid the coronavirus pandemic while accepting an award at the 2021 Kids’ Choice Awards.
“Thank you to the young leaders for being so incredible, and for all that you do and will do,” Harris said in a video appearance during Saturday’s award show.
“From social distancing to remote learning, you’ve been through a lot this year. But through it all, you young leaders have really stepped up. You’ve worn your masks, you’ve helped out your neighbors, you’ve been role models in your community.”
Harris recalled her mother telling her as a child that she shouldn’t just “sit around and complain about things”: “Do something about it,” her mother would say.
“Well, you are doing something,” Harris told the young audience. “You are creating a better future and you inspire me and President (Joe) Biden every day. We are so grateful for you, and we want you to know that we’re doing everything we can to make sure all of our students and young leaders can get back to school and back with your friends, and be safe and thrive. Thank you for stepping up. You make us and your country so proud.”
Introduced by Jennifer Garner, Harris accepted the award show’s 2021 Generation Change Award, an initiative from Nickelodeon’s parent company ViacomCBS that aims to connect leaders with young people to inspire positive change. Past Generation Change honorees have included LeBron James and Megan Rapinoe.
“Vice President Kamala Harris is a pioneer and role model for us all, but especially for today’s kids, who can find inspiration in the story of her path forward and the barriers she has broken from childhood to today,” said a statement from Marva Smalls, ViacomCBS Global Head of Inclusion and Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, Kids & Family Entertainment.
“Nickelodeon is proud to bestow this year’s Generation Change Award to kids everywhere, and we’re honored to have the vice president further trumpet the courage and vitality they have in the wake of so many challenges.”
Hosted by “Saturday Night Live” comedian Kenan Thompson, the 2021 Kids’ Choice Awards featured performances from Justin Bieber and Quavo and saw multiple wins for BTS and Millie Bobby Brown.
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