Selena Gomez named Ryan Seacrest Foundation ambassador ( Video)

By April Chieffo,

Selena Gomez is an actress, singer, and now ambassador.

The 19-year-old has just been announced as the first ambassador to The Ryan Seacrest Foundation, which helps children in pediatric hospitals explore their creativity with TV, radio, and other media by building broadcast media centers, called The Voice, within the hospital.

Selena Gomez arriving at Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at Galen Center on March 31, 2012 in Los Angeles, Philip Vaughan or

“We have invited Selena to be an official ambassador to the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, because she does such amazing work, and the kids absolutely melt when you’re around,” Ryan Seacrest announced on Friday. “Thank you for accepting that!”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, as ambassador, Gomez visits kids in centers in Atlanta and Philadelphia. There will soon be centers in Orange County, Boston, and Selena’s hometown in Dallas. The actress has been involved with the foundation for over a year. She recalls one child stealing her heart.

“I met Julia and she was so sweet and adorable. I did a concert a long time ago on Valentine’s Day, and I gave my entire audience roses since it was Valentine’s Day. A year later she [Julia] had saved that rose and put it in foil. She showed me that she still had it, and I was super emotional.”

Gomez says it was a “sweet moment.” She later went back to visit the little girl. Since she had been practicing guitar, Julia got a chance to play one of Selena’s songs while Selena sang.

"From the beginning, I could tell that Selena really understood our mission. I’m so grateful that she’s decided to take on this larger role with us, joining our efforts to bring hope and spirit to seriously ill and injured kids," Seacrest added.

Gomez couldn't be more "thrilled" about her title.

"The Ryan Seacrest Foundation does such incredible work and I’m thrilled to be a part of it,” Selena sais in a statement, according to Just Jared. “I’m particularly excited about helping to launch a media center in my hometown of Dallas at the Children’s Medical Center and giving back to the kids there.”

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