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EXCLUSIVE: Prince Michael Jackson On Charitable Efforts and Father's Inspiration: 'I Hope to Lead By Example'

by Zach Seemayer 9:58 PM PST, December 15, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Prince Michael Jackson On Charitable Efforts and Father's Inspiration: 'I Hope to Lead By Example'

Prince Michael Jackson is doing his part to make this Christmas as bright as possible for underprivileged children, and he credits his late father for giving him the inspiration and motivation to try and help others.

ET's Nischelle Turner caught up with Prince at Heal Los Angeles' Boys & Girls Club Christmas event at the Los Angeles Harbor on Thursday, where he opened up about his hope for the Heal the World student organization, modeled after his fathers' famed Heal The World Foundation.

"I would love to see this as the ripple that goes to other schools and to other states and to hopefully other countries," Prince explained. "Our generation, they focus on the wrong things, like, 'Who's wearing what? Who's doing what? Who's vacationing where?' There are real problems going on in the world that can be helped not by powerful people but by everyday people who just go in and devote their time."

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"You should be decent enough to help out or want to help out your fellow man or woman," he added.

As for what his father would think of his son's efforts? "I think he would be very happy," Prince shared.

The Boys & Girls club event included a visit from Santa Claus, as well as beloved Disney characters like Mickey, Donald Duck and Goofy, who hold a special place in Prince’s heart.

"When I was younger my dad always told me about how Disney was such a happy place and I grew up on the cartoons. And I remember [watching] Mickey Mouse and all of [the cartoon characters] and how happy I would feel and I know that was because of my dad," he recalled. "It's good to know that I'm doing that for the kids."

The 19-year-old activist and community organizer explained that he "hopes to lead by example" when it comes to taking a hands-on approach to helping others, "not just for my siblings or my family members but also for the younger generations."

In the end, Prince says his devotion lies in his charitable endeavors and his family, including his 18-year-old sister, Paris Jackson, and his 14-year-old brother, Prince "BG" Jackson.

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"I have a great sense of loyalty and devotion to my family," he said. "They inspire me and I hope I inspire them."

For more information on Heal Los Angeles -- which supports families in the L.A. area with a focus on ending child abuse, homelessness and hunger -- click here.

Recently, ET caught up with the ambitious college student who opened up about following in his father's footsteps when it came to his career and his spirit of giving. Check out the video below to hear more.

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