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Goody Awards to present Golden Goody at Girl Rising Screening at USC Annenberg

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The Goody Awards for social good is honored to present a Golden Goody Award (aka Oscar for Social Good) to Erica Greve, Unlikely Heroes Founder, on Thurs, April 18, 2013, during their “Girl Rising” documentary screening hosted by USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. This special recognition award is part of a Goody Awards’ Girl Empowerment cause marketing campaign.

With 66 million girls out of school ages 5-18, the “Girl Rising” documentary is a powerful reminder of the importance of educating girls for building self esteem, confidence and our economy. Many don’t realize that 14 million girls under 18 will be married this year, that’s 38,000 girls married today, and 13 girls married in the last 30 seconds. After hearing these numbers, the Goody Awards jumped to support the film's global campaign to educate and empower girls.

This special “Girl Rising” screening and Goody Awards presentation will be held in the USC Annenberg Auditorium, along with a Filmmaker Panel, and USC Annenberg Reception afterwards. Net Impact Los Angeles and Net Impact USC are also promoting sponsors for this event, and focus on education and training for social good jobs. Students, Net Impact Members and Goody Awards Fans are invited to attend, and can RSVP here

The film is directed by Academy Award Nominee Richard E Robbins, and shares the stories of 9 girls in developing nations (Haiti, Peru, Afghanistan, India, Sierra Leon, Egypt, Nepal, Ethiopia, Cambodia) and how education positively changed their lives. The stories are narrated by celebrities, including: Freida Pinto, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez, Liam Neesom, Salma Hayek, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Alicia Keys, Priyanka Chopra, and Chloe Moretz, and were written by local writers who were paired with the girls. This film is brought to by 10x10 and the focus is “educate a girl, change the world”. Official "Girl Rising" Trailer

For the Filmmaker Panel and Q&A, Dr Stacy L Smith (USC Annenberg Professor and Researcher) will moderate a discussion with Beth Osisek (“Girl Rising”, Filmmaker, Award-Winning Journalist) and Rediate Tekeste (“Girl Rising”, Filmmaker and “World Vision”.) Both Beth and Rediate worked on the film, and can provide first-hand insights on this powerful documentary,

Panel moderator Stacy L. Smith (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1999) joined the USC Annenberg faculty in the fall of 2003. Her research focuses on 1) content patterns pertaining to gender and race on screen in film and TV; 2) employment patterns behind-the-camera in entertainment; 3) barriers and opportunities facing women on screen and behind-the-camera in studio and independent films; and 4) children’s responses to mass media portrayals (television, film, video games) of violence, gender and hypersexuality.

Goody Awards Founder and Net Impact LA Advisory Board Member Liz H Kelly will present the Golden Goody Award to Erica Greve, founder of anti-human trafficking organization, Unlikely Heroes. Unlikely Heroes exists to rescue, restore and rehabilitate child victims of sex slavery and other forms of human trafficking through the implementation of restoration homes and rescue and prevention programs worldwide. Greve is currently working directly with rescued child victims in Asia, so she will be accepting the Golden Goody Award via satellite from the Philippines where she has a safe house for rehabilitating children.

To reinforce Girl Empowerment messages, weekly videos (April/May 2013) will be posted on the Goody Awards YouTube Channel with celebrity messages from a recent Team True Beauty Panel and more. The first video is now live with Kirsten Vangsness from CBS “Criminal Minds” who focuses on the power of inner beauty.


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