Meet the Inspiring Young People Working to Keep Princess Diana's Legacy Alive

The nominations are open until March 29!

Two young people from North America are among a group of changemakers spreading the word about the legacy of the late Princess Diana.

Cory Nieves from New Jersey and Canada’s Faith Dickinson have been chosen among 12 cheerleaders for the prestigious 20th anniversary celebrations of the Diana Award, the only official charity set up in the late princess’s name.

Already established in the U.K., where it is supported by the princess’s sons Prince William and Prince Harry, the Diana Award is spending this landmark year reaching out to new territories to reward young people for their endeavors.

New research from the organization shows that a sizeable chunk of young people believe that society has a negative view of them – despite the fact that about 60 percent in the U.K. have volunteered, and two-thirds have donated money.

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Cory Nieves. The Diana Award

“The stories of the 12 young people leading this campaign demonstrate that young people are a driving force for good and have incredible power to create change,” says Tessy Ojo, CEO of The Diana Award. “This is reinforced by new research revealing that, despite negative perception, the vast majority of young people want to make a positive impact on society.”

Cory Nieves, 14, from Englewood, N.J., founded Mr. Cory Cares to donate cookies and money to various charities.

“I want other young people to make a change in this world. I want other kids to stand up and fight for what they believe in,” he said in a statement.

Courtesy Faith Dickinson

Faith Dickinson, 16, from Peterborough, Ontario, has been making blankets for those suffering from cancer and other illnesses for more than six years. When she was nine, she helped comfort her Aunt Lyndi, who was fighting breast cancer and often complained of feeling cold. So Dickinson made a blanket – and it spawned an idea for Cuddles for Cancer, a non-profit organization which provides personalized blankets. She has made more than 3,000 blankets and has branched out to also make them for returning servicemen and women who have suffered war injuries or are living with conditions like PTSD.

Last year, she joined fellow Diana Award winners at the wedding of Harry and Meghan Markle.

Young people ages 9-25 can be nominated for a Diana Award before March 29 here.

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