Prince Michael Jackson receives youth advocacy award, vows to carry on father's charitable legacy

Prince Michael Jackson was honored with the Motif Lifetime Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest honor in youth advocacy, on Sunday at the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California, ET has exclusively learned.

The 21-year-old called the award -- which he received for his charity, Heal Los Angeles -- "an incredible honor" in his acceptance speech, before using much of his remaining time to pay tribute to his late father, Michael Jackson.

"This is a really special moment for me. My dad did some cool things, but his biggest passion was helping others," Prince said. "I learned how important that was from him. We called the foundation Heal L.A., because the goal was to further the cause of dad’s Heal the World organization and start locally by helping out at home."

The foundation, Prince explained, works to improve conditions in L.A. The idea for the charity came from Prince's college friend, John Muto, who was inspired by the late King of Pop's philanthropic work.

"John and I got together with a few of our friends at school and decided to do little things to help out," Prince said. "All of a sudden, it just got bigger and bigger. We were giving more and hosting more events, and all of these amazing people started helping."

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LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 29: Paris Jackson (L) and her brother Prince Michael Jackson attend the Michael Jackson diamond birthday celebration at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on August 29, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 29: Paris Jackson (L) and Prince Michael Jackson attend the Michael Jackson diamond birthday celebration at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on August 29, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 29: (L-R) Evan Ross, Quinn Tivey, Barbara Berkowitz, Paris Jackson, Giuseppe Zanotti, Prince Jackson and Sway Calloway attend the Michael Jackson diamond birthday celebration at Daylight Beach Club at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on August 29, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for Sony Music and The Estate of Michael Jackson)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 29: Prince Jackson (L) and Paris Jackson attend the Michael Jackson diamond birthday celebration at Daylight Beach Club at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on August 29, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for Sony Music and The Estate of Michael Jackson)
ENCINO, CA - OCTOBER 27: Paris Jackson and Prince Jackson attend Prince Jackson's Heal LA And TLK Fusion Present The 2nd Annual Costume For A Cause at Jackson Family Home on October 27, 2017 in Encino, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)
ENCINO, CA - OCTOBER 27: Paris Jackson (L) and Prince Jackson arrive for Prince Jackson's Heal LA and TLK Fusion Present The 2nd Annual Costume For A Cause at Jackson Family Home on October 27, 2017 in Encino, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 24: Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr. aka Prince Jackson (L) and Paris Jackson attend the mothers2mothers and ETAF event held on October 24, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 24: (L-R) Prince Jackson and Paris Jackson attend the mothers2mothers and The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Benefit Dinner on October 24, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 24: (L-R) Prince Jackson and Paris Jackson attend the mothers2mothers and The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Benefit Dinner on October 24, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 24: Prince Jackson attends the mothers2mothers and The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Benefit Dinner on October 24, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 24: Paris Jackson attends the mothers2mothers and The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Benefit Dinner on October 24, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 24: Paris Jackson attends the mothers2mothers and The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Benefit Dinner on October 24, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Paris Jackson and Prince Michael Jackson attend the Mr. Pink Ginseng Drink launch party at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on October 11, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Paris Jackson and Prince Michael Jackson attend the Mr. Pink Ginseng Drink launch party at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on October 11, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
GARY, IN - AUGUST 30: Prince Jackson, La Toya Jackson, Prince Michael Jackson II and Paris Jackson attend the St. Paul Saints Vs. The Gary SouthShore RailCats baseball game at U.S. Steel Yard on August 30, 2012 in Gary, Indiana. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
GARY, IN - AUGUST 29: Prince Michael Jackson I and Paris Jackson attend the press conference for Goin' Back To Indiana: Can You Feel It at the Majestic Star Hotel Lakeshore Ballroom on August 29, 2012 in Gary, Indiana. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
GARY, IN - AUGUST 30: Prince Michael Jackson II, Paris Jackson and Prince Jackson attend the St. Paul Saints Vs. The Gary SouthShore RailCats baseball game at U.S. Steel Yard on August 30, 2012 in Gary, Indiana. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
GARY, IN - AUGUST 29: Prince Michael Jackson I and Paris Jackson attend the press conference for Goin' Back To Indiana: Can You Feel It at the Majestic Star Hotel Lakeshore Ballroom on August 29, 2012 in Gary, Indiana. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: (L-R) Blanket Jackson, Paris Jackson and Prince Michael Jackson attend the Los Angeles opening of 'Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour' at Staples Center on January 27, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
(L-R) Prince Michael 'Blanket' Jackson, Paris Jackson and Prince Jackson arrive at the Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour in Los Angeles, California, on January 27, 2012. AFP PHOTO/VALERIE MACON / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) Prince Michael Jackson, Paris Jackson and Prince Michael II Jackson attend the Estate of Michael jackson's hand and foot print ceremony at Hollywood's legendary Grauman's Chinese Theater. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 26: Michael Jackson's children (L-R) Prince Jackson and Paris Jackson during the Michael Jackson Hand And Footprint Ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on January 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
Blanket Jackson, Prince Jackson and Paris Jackson onstage at 'Michael Forever The Tribute Concert' at Millennium Stadium. (Photo by Rune Hellestad/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 11: Prince Michael Jackson, Paris Jackson and Blanket Jackson attend the Jackson Family donation event at Children's Hospital Los Angeles on August 8, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
Prince Jackson and Paris Jackson attend the Jackson Family Art Donation Event at Children's Hospital Los Angeles on August 8, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
From left, Michael Jackson's sister Janet Jackson, daughter Paris, sister LaToya Jackson, brother Jermaine Jackson and oldest son Prince Michael I attend a memorial service for the 'King of Pop' at the Staples Center in Los Angeleson July 7, 2009. AFP PHOTO/GABRIEL BOUYS/POOL (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
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He ended his speech with a promise that he's "not going to stop," before declaring, "Let's heal L.A. and Heal the World."

Back in 2016, ET caught up with Prince, where he said that he thinks his father "would be very happy" with his charitable efforts.

"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," he said at the time. "You should be decent enough to help out or want to help out your fellow man or woman."

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