Debby Ryan, Bella Thorne, Ross Lynch Attend Disney’s Friends For Change Kids & Nature Celebration

April 16, 2012

ROSS LYNCH, LAURA MARANO, DEBBY RYAN, BELLA THORNE, ZENDAYA

Disney Channel stars Ross Lynch, Laura Marano, Debby Ryan, Bella Thorne and Zendaya all ventured out to Walt Disney World in Florida over the weekend to participate in the Disney Kids & Nature Celebration and the Friends For Change Youth Summit.

The two-day celebration recognized youth efforts to help protect the planet and organizations that work to connect kids to nature and over 100 youth leaders from around the world gathered for the celebration.

The celebration began on Friday with remarks by Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company Robert A. Iger at the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund Awards Ceremony. The event honored five organizations for their efforts to create experiences and opportunities for kids to connect with nature. They were: Children and Nature Network, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, National Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy and Youth Service of America. The attendees were also treated to a performance of this year’s Disney Friends for Change anthem, “Rise,” by the McClain Sisters as featured in Disneynature’s “Chimpanzee.”

On Saturday, the Disney Channel stars joined together with kids to make a difference during Disney’s Friends for Change Youth Summit, a day-long event designed to inspire kids to think of creative ideas and solutions that generate positive change in the world. Through a series of panels, workshops and discussions, youth leaders, between the ages of 10-18, the kids were encouraged to imagine their planet’s future and discuss conservation efforts in order to return home with new ideas to put into action in their own communities. The event was hosted by Radio Disney’s Ernie D.

Disney’s Friends for Change is a multi-platform initiative that inspires kids and families to join together and make a positive impact on their world by helping people, communities and the planet. Activities are united by an overarching emphasis on fostering creativity, conservation and compassion. Through on-air PSAs and online action kits, the program provides useful resources to encourage kids to make small changes that add up to big differences. To date, Friends for Change kids in 33 countries around the world have taken almost five million actions, and $4.5 million dollars has been awarded to nonprofits with Friends for Change projects. For more information, please visit Disney.com/friends.

ClevverTV was on hand for all the action in Florida over the weekend. Stay tuned for our interviews and coverage!

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