Miley Cyrus has been handed the first-ever Global Action Youth Leadership Award for helping to inspire youngsters.
The Hannah Montana star was the guest of honour at the first Annual Global Action Awards Gala in California on Friday (18Feb11) and received the trophy from her idol, Hilary Duff.
Visibly moved by the honour, Cyrus told the audience, "I got to tell you that I never thought I would get an award from Hillary Duff. This is like a dream come true to me. She inspired me.
"I want (kids) to do something they love. Not something that seems like a chore because someone tells them that's the right thing to do or what their parents want or what's important to people around them, but what's in their heart."
Cyrus has been involved in several youth-focused organisations to help younger generations, including The Blessings in a Backpack programme and the Get Your Good On campaign. She also recently revealed charity work is high on her list of things to do in 2011 and she hopes to work as a missionary in Indonesia.