USA Network has announced the launch of the Second Annual Characters Unite Awards as part of the cable network's Characters Unite community affairs campaign to address social injustices and bridge cultural divides.
The awards were created to recognize extraordinary individuals who have made a significant and lasting difference through efforts to fight prejudice (age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities) and to promote respect and acceptance. Nominees may, for example, be tackling teen bullying, advocating against hate crimes, promoting diversity, championing equal rights, or donating time or resources to give all people opportunities.
This year, eight winners will be selected to each receive a grant of $5,000 from USA Network to donate to his/her project or related nonprofit organization. The honorees and their work will also be featured on-air and at the Characters Unite Web site.
Nominations consist of an essay describing the nominee's impact, influence, and character in fighting social injustice. Nominees must be permanent, legal U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older. Self-nominations are accepted.
Complete program information and nomination guidelines are available at the Characters Unite Web site.