MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, April 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Extending his current work as a member of the Teen Advisory Panel (TAP) for Beaches Resorts, 16-year-old actor Marcus Scribner has agreed to serve in the newly created role of Youth Advocate Ambassador (YAA) to the Sandals Foundation, the non-profit arm of Sandals Resorts International. Now celebrating its 7th anniversary, the Sandals Foundation funds projects and programs across the Caribbean in the areas of Community, Education and Environment.
The young star of the popular ABC series "Black-ish" will be a spokesperson for the Sandals Foundation by reaching out to young people both in Hollywood and on his travels. Marcus recently completed a visit with his family to Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club in Jamaica, where he got the opportunity to continue the volunteer work he began during a previous trip to Beaches Turks and Caicos with the Sandals Foundation. These projects included; programs on animal welfare and endangered species, marine environment and conservation, as well as educational support. In his role as YAA, Marcus will now continue to support the good work of the Foundation through onsite events, short films, social media and other platforms, as well as promote volunteer opportunities which can earn community service hours for teen guests of Beaches Resorts in Jamaica and Turks & Caicos.
"It is a great honor for me to align with the incredible Beaches Resorts and Sandals Foundation," said Scribner. "The outstanding and amazing work that they are doing helps to provide a very strong education to many children. They are vigilant in protecting animals and preserving their beautiful marine life. And, who could forget that they provide the greatest resorts in the world for families and friends to bond and create lasting memories. I mean, what's not to love," he concluded.
"We are thrilled to have Marcus as our first Youth Advocate Ambassador," said Heidi Clarke, Director of Programs for the Sandals Foundation. "His passion for giving back along with his ever-growing fan base is just what we were looking for to help us in our world-wide efforts to raise needed awareness for the programs we operate across the Caribbean region we call home."
Marcus Scribner's outstanding performance as young teenager Andre Johnson Jr. on the ABC series "Black-ish" garnered him a 2016 NAACP Image Award. Among other television and film projects, he has appeared in episodes of "New Girl" and "Castle," and voiced the character of Buck in Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur." Marcus lives in Los Angeles and plays competitive lacrosse.
Marcus is a member of the Beaches Resorts Teen Advisory Panel (TAP). Founded by Sabrina Stewart, daughter of Gordon "Butch" Stewart, Founder and Chairman of Sandals and Beaches Resorts, the panel consists of influential teens from all over the world who discuss what teens are looking for on vacation at Beaches Resorts and help to create the ultimate teen experience- from amenities to activities.
About the Sandals Foundation
The Sandals Foundation is the non-profit arm of Sandals Resorts International (SRI), the Caribbean's leading family-owned resort company. The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization was created to continue and expand upon the charitable work that Sandals Resorts International has undertaken since its founding in 1981 to play a meaningful role in the lives of the communities where SRI operates throughout the Caribbean. The Sandals Foundation funds projects in three core areas: education, community and the environment. One hundred per cent of the monies contributed by the general public to the Sandals Foundation go directly to programs benefiting the Caribbean community. To learn more about the Sandals Foundation, visit online at www.sandalsfoundation.org
SOURCE The Sandals Foundation