Ever dreamed about being one of those lucky teens in the audience at the HALO Awards? You know, the ones who have front-row seats and get to brush shoulders with TeenNick celebs all night?
Well, seeing as the HALO Awards honor teens who 'Help And Lead Others' in their community, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that those who scored a ticket to the show on Sunday, November 17th did just that. This year, we're honoring the work of three outstanding organizations, Amigos de los Rios, Boys & Girls Club of America, and Key Club, by giving a select few of their members tickets to the live event! (So when you see that lucky someone high-fiving Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy, you'll know that they probably deserve it.)
Check out just how excellent these organizations are.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF AMERICA
For more than 100 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America has made it its mission to help young people realize their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. Today, there are more than 4,000 clubs across the nation that provide adult mentors, after-school activities, community service opportunities and, ultimately, a safe space for American youth who might need it most.
Just a few weeks ago, The Boys & Girls Clubs of America led a volunteer event at the Thomas House homeless shelter in Los Angeles. Fifteen volunteers got together to lead activities with families, host a movie night, and cook a special meal for the residents.
Key Club, the high school branch of Kiwanis International, is the largest and oldest service club for youth ages 14-18 years old. Members of the Key Club perform community service activities that range from cleaning up parks to organizing clothing drives to fundraising for various worldwide causes. The Key Club assists Kiwanis International in its mission to serve a very important part of our community: youth.
AMIGOS DE LOS RIOS
Since its inception in 2003, Amigos de los Rios has worked to create lively, sustainable communities in urban neighborhoods in and around the Los Angeles area. The non-profit works closely with local governments and residents to build parks, playgrounds, and other environmentally-conscious public spaces in areas that suffer from societal problems like high population density and poor public heath. Their mission is not only to protect the environment, but also strengthen the community. It's all about creating a synergy between the environment and its inhabitants because, y'know, we have to rely on each other!
Most recently, on October 19th, Amigos de Los Rios hosted a 3-hour, 125-person volunteer project at Hollydale Park in Los Angeles. Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs & Kiwanis joined Amigos de los Rios' own volunteers to plant and spread mulch for over 75 native California shrubs, paint over 300 feet of fencing, and remove graffiti throughout the park.
Even though we've only just skimmed the surface of the amazing, ovation-worthy service these organizations have performed, join us in a collective, virtual round of applause. *Claps*
During the live show, we'll feature pictures these various service projects that the awesome do-gooding teens collected themselves. Their pics will appear in our HALO Hive social media lounge with #HALOawards. And don't forget to look out for 'em in the audience on Sunday, November 17th!