The Ryan Seacrest Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by Ryan Seacrest and run by the Seacrest family: Ryan, his parents Gary and Connie, and his sister Meredith. Their mission is to inspire youth with education-focused initiatives through entertainment and media. Ryan was inspired to create this foundation by the many hospitals that he visited throughout his own career, and being humbled by the bravery and dedication of the child patients and the people who care for them.
The Ryan Seacrest Foundation first initiative is to build and spread the reach of Seacrest Studios, which are broadcast media centers within pediatric hospitals that allow patients to interact with and experience what it is like to be involved in radio, television, and new media. The first Seacrest Studios opened in 2010 at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia and has now spread to ten different hospitals across the United States of America. The children and families at these medical centers are both entertained and uplifted by their adventures in these studios. This encourages the creation of a more optimistic environment in the hospital, and aids in the healing processes of the children. Students from local journalism schools are also invited to get involved by getting hands-on experience in broadcasting, programming and operating a multimedia center.
Seacrest Studios produces and broadcasts a multitude of programming, including interviews and live performances by celebrities and artists, live music and radio shows hosted by a combination of interns and patients, classes on how to use green screen and create music videos, education presentations about a variety of subjects like science or history, and talk shows about sports, entertainment, and from doctors interacting with their hospital community. Patients, their families, and interns are all urged to participate in these programs and have fun while they learn.
In a post from Forbes.com, it says that Selena Gomez and Nick Jonas are the celebrity ambassadors to first sponsor the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, and they were followed by a flood of others. Some of the celebrity sponsorships include Taylor Swift, Aziz Ansari, Britney Spears, Chris Pratt, and many more. Coca-cola and E! Entertainment are the founding corporate sponsors, and many companies like WWE and iHeart Media have also supported and sponsored the foundation. People can help the Ryan Seacrest foundation by donating through their website, interning or volunteering at one of the studios, or spreading the positive message of their work.
Here’s an article from The New York Times featuring Ryan Seacrest.