Nickelodeon, TIME and TIME for Kids have opened submissions for the first-ever Kid of the Year honor.
The multiplatform initiative aims to recognize the young leaders who are making a positive impact in their communities. Kids ages 8 to 16 can be nominated through August 1. Five honorees will be featured in a TV special hosted by Trevor Noah that will simulcast on Nick and the CBS Television Network in December. The kid crowned TIME Kid of the Year will be featured on a cover of TIME with a companion story in TIME For Kids.
The Kid of the Year TV special will feature stars from entertainment, sports and pop culture, as well as musical performances. Each of the finalists will receive funds to further their respective causes and have the opportunity to serve as a Kid Reporter for TIME for Kids with exclusive access to a Nickelodeon event.
Nickelodeon’s Kid of the Year TV special is a co-production of TIME Studios, Day Zero Productions, Mainstay Entertainment and Nickelodeon.
Noah said: “In the unprecedented times that we are living in today, it has been inspiring to see humanity come together to help one another, and I’ve been especially drawn to the stories of kids using their creativity to bring resources to their communities. After all, the person who’s going to bring us a better tomorrow is a kid who’s out there doing it today!”