2013 HALO Awards: The Honorees Show Us How To HALO
HALO honorees are pros at rallying their peers together and giving back to great causes. Check out some helpful tips they shared on how you can HALO!
MIRANDA FUENTES: AUTISM ADVOCACY
1. Getting involved in Surfers For Autism is easy. Visit our website, find an event near you, and follow registration instructions. Bring your suit and a smile. See you at the beach!
2. If you want to volunteer with children and young adults with special needs, but do not live near a Surfers For Autism location, search for the nearest Special Olympics chapter. I have worked with special Olympics, it is an amazing organization!
3. Educate yourself! Find out about autism. There are many stigmas with the disorder, but education and awareness are extremely important and can benefit in your volunteer work.
4. Educate others: Did you know that 1 out of 88 children has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Or that boys are five times more likely to have ASD than girls? Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the US, and there is no medical detection or/cure for the disorder.
ZACHARY KERR: LGBT ADVOCACY
1. It's okay to not always understand how people identify themselves, but you should always be kind and respectful of a person's identity.
2. Try to use words and terms that don't single out one specific type of person or gender. Make your language inclusive.
3. Always love and accept your friends for who they are.
4. If you don't know something, it is always okay to ask or try to find out on your own. Your LGBT friends will appreciate the effort you put into trying to educate yourself.
5. Speak up if you hear people saying unkind things about LGBT people. Making your voice heard will let an LGBT person who may not be out know that you're an ally and someone they can go to.
ROCIO ORTEGA: WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT
1. My secret to overcoming stage fright is always having the mindset that you are the most awesome person in the world. And let's be honest, you are!
2. The key to finding your voice takes two steps: 1) Find the issues you're passionate about and 2) Accept your social responsibility to make the change you want to see happen.
3. Feminists aren't just women and girls, men and boys can also be feminists, too! They are our allies in achieving gender equality. Let's work together!
4. Do a quick online research of the terms "feminist" or "female empowerment" and you'll be surprised at how much you can learn!
5. Female empowerment comes in many forms, so combine different passions!
DENZEL THOMPSON: URBAN ORGANIC FARMING
1. Before you begin planting, the one thing you need to make sure you have is compost!
2. To start compost, all you need are food scraps, such as different vegetables, fruits, and egg shells. Put all those scraps on a pile of wood chips to help it contain the smell and then wood chips on top of the scraps to make them break down faster. As long as you flip and turn the pile, the process speeds up in a matter of 3 or 4 months, and you will have all-organic soil.
3. Plant different plants together so they can benefit from each other. If you plant tomatoes with basil, they will grow like trees and bushes.
4. Growing all year will be tricky, but I've got tips for that as well! Before the frost starts, it's great to switch out crops. There are fall crops, winter crops and summer crops. During the winter, you can also cover all your crops with plastic and/or fabric. It's like making little miniature hoop houses to keep your crops safe from frost.