The Ryan Seacrest foundation is a non-profit organization that strives to inspire young people using education and entertainment initiatives. They intend to accomplish this in phases, the first of which is to establish recording studios in pediatric hospitals so that they can provide the patients with a fun and creative outlet. The Seacrest Studios allow patients an opportunity to explore radio, TV and media first hand and to broadcast their work throughout the hopsital. This unique hands on opportunity for children is now available in 10 hospitals across the United States.
Ryan Seacrest is the perfect person to start this creative initiative considering his extensive background as a television host on “American Idol” and most recently co-hosting “Live” with Kelly Ripa. He also hosts the nationally syndicated radio show “On Air With Ryan Seacrest” and is a producer on “American Idol” and “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” The youth involved in his foundation have a chance to step into his shoes by using a green screen to create shows and music videos, host and play music in the role of a DJ while learning to use the equipment, and to participate in educational shows in the hospital. Doctors in the hospitals also communicate with the hospital community using the in-house Seacrest Studio.
Besides the opportunity to try their hand at broadcasting and programming, young beneficiaries of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation are also able to meet a number of celebrity guests who have included Sabrina Carpenter, Selena Gomez, and Nick Jonas. Celebrities do more than visit. Celebrity guests also participate in interviews and perform live in the hospitals they visit.
According to nytimes.com, Seacrest may be a busy man, but he is one who cares and makes time for the things he believes in. He has learned to pursue discipline and balance in his busy schedule. The benefits of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation reach beyond the hospitals and enable local college students to intern and gain firsthand experience in the field. As more people partner with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation it’s positive influence can expand to more pediatric hospitals across the United States.