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  • Q&A With October HALO Effect Honoree Zachary Mallory

    Posted on 10/01/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    HALO Effect: Zachary Mallory


    It's the beginning of the month, and that can only mean one thing: It's time to honor one do-gooding teen who has made a difference in a major way. Meet Zachary Mallory, an LGBTQIA advocate and our HALO Effect honoree for the month of October. Zach contributes a unique vision and drive to the gay rights fight which, although present and strong, is very much still being fought. Check out our Q&A with Zach to learn more about his awesome work!

    What inspired you to become an LGBTQIA youth activist? Can you share a little bit of your story with us?
    What inspired me to become an LGBTQIA Youth Activist was going to conferences and listening to stories and realizing the struggles that everyone like me goes through. I looked up statistics and found that LGBTQIA have it harder in schools. I am a advocate for Safe Schools.

    What advice would you give to someone who is being bullied, but worried about speaking up?
    Keep your head up and let your voice be heard. Even if you are afraid, stand up for what you believe in and what you are advocating for. Remember, it does get better and it can't rain forever.

    What advice would you give to someone who wants to be an effective LGBTQ ally?
    Advocate and stand up for what you believe in. Human rights are for everyone regardless who or what you are. LGBTQ allies play a extensive role in the LGBTQIA Community!

    What is your greatest hope or goal for the future of the LGBTQIA community?
    My greatest hope for the future of the LGBTQIA community is that we can all come together and stand as one, not as many. My hope is that we can be the generation to completely combat bullying, discrimination and harassment of LGBTQIA youth.

    To learn more about Zachary, check out the clip below!



  • Happy Earth Day! Celebrate With HALO + Throwback Degrassi

    Posted on 04/22/2014 by Rachel1016

    Earth Day

    Happy Earth Day, everybody! The trees are budding, the flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, and Mother Earth is waking from its winter slumber! Every year on April 22, Earth Day comes around to remind us how important it is to protect our precious planet. And now that spring is in full swing, what better way to celebrate the all of the beautiful things this world has to offer than by making a difference? Here are five easy ways to celebrate Earth Day every day!

    FIVE EASY WAYS TO CELEBRATE EARTH DAY (ALL YEAR ROUND!)

    1. Check your Earth-saving skills: Are you doing good for the environment or are you leaving a Sasquatch-sized carbon footprint? Take our two quizzes 'How Green Are You?' and 'How Will You Save the Planet?' to find out!

    2. Recycle your old electronics: Did you know that your old cell phone or digital camera can be reused to make important materials? Don't just throw them away, take your old or unused electronics to an e-waste recycling facility. E-waste can be extremely harmful to landfills, so it's important that your unused devices get discarded properly!

    3. Take shorter showers: Don't get us wrong, we like leisurely showers as much as the next person. But does it really take 20 minutes to lather, rinse and repeat? Set a timer for your next shower and see if you can beat the clock! You'll waste less water and your fingers wont get pruny!

    4. Pledge an 'Act of Green': Register with Earth Day Network's 'A Billion Acts of Green' campaign to make a contribution (large or small!) to supporting sustainability efforts. Whether its recycling your crayons or planting a garden, there are a billion ways to take action!

    5. Go for a walk and enjoy the outdoors: Take a moment to appreciate Mother Nature in all its glory. Find a park and take a stroll or have a picnic; go for a bike ride and explore your own neighborhood; literally stop to smell the roses! Whatever you do, just go outside!

    And if you want to really be inspired to make a change, check out the amazing work of two of our former HALO Award winners. Megan Kilroy is a 2009 HALO Award honoree who makes a difference by cleaning up beaches in her hometown. And Denzel Thompson transforms dilapidated lands in his community by planting urban gardens!

    There are so many ways to Help And Lead Others to environmental activism, and maybe you or someone you know already works hard to protect our planet. Nominate them to be recognized by the HALO Effect, and make their impact known!

    Finally, get in the green spirit with these awesome throwback Degrassi clips! Remember when Jake and Katie bonded over planting a garden? Or when Emma tried to get Sean to help her pick up garbage at the ravine? Check 'em out below!

    JAKE AND KATIE PLANT A GARDEN



    CLEAN THE RAVINE



    EMMA VS. THE TOMATO



    What are some of your Earth Day resolutions? Let us know in the comments!

  • HALO Awards: Denzel Thompson Honored as a 2014 Young Futurist

    Posted on 02/28/2014 by Rachel1016

    Denzel Thompson


    Hands down, one of the coolest parts of the TeenNick HALO Awards is getting to see the inspiring work our honorees continue to do, as well as the much-deserved accolades they continue to receive.

    Back in November, we recognized 19-year-old Denzel Thompson for his dedication to the Philadelphia Urban Creators, a non-profit that has transformed his community's many abandoned lots into flourishing, youth-led urban gardens. Denzel's remarkable efforts have helped a community blemished with unused and neglected land become an area of promise. His commitment to urban agriculture has fostered better nutrition, job opportunities, helped local businesses, and provided a means for young people to truly make a difference.

    It's no surprise that we're not the only ones to salute Denzel for a job well done! This month, The Root (an online African American cutlure magazine) name Denzel was one of its 2014 Young Futurists, a terrifically high honor that applauds 25 of the most influential African Americans for their contributions to the arts, business, social justice, and, in Denzel's case, the environment.

    Each year during Black History Month, The Root celebrates the legacy of African Americans who have paved the way for future generations, but with the Young Futurists initiative, they applaud the young people within those future generations who are emerging leaders in their own right. Denzel keeps amazing company with his Young Futurist colleagues, all ages 16-22, whose stories are just as inspiring as his. Congratulations, Denzel, we are so happy to see your do-gooding get the recognition it deserves!

    It's our mission to keep the spirit of the HALO Awards going, so if you or someone you know is going a great job helping others, be sure to nominate them for our monthly HALO Effect honors right here!

  • How Do You HALO? Melissa, NJ

    Posted on 11/02/2011 by The-Gaby


    Victoria HALOs by starting a recycling program in her community.

    Great way to HALO, Melissa!

    Want to see yourself on TeenNick and TeenNick.com?

    * Make a short video (one minute or less) about how you're Helping And Leading Others in your community.

    * Upload your video to TeenNick! All the details are right here.

    * Tell your most amazing and inspiring friends about this opportunity, and urge them to make a HALO video, too.

    By sharing your story, you'll encourage other people to Help and Lead Others, and that's what the HALOs are all about.

    Tell us all about how you HALO! Upload a HALO video!

  • How Do You HALO? Victoria, NJ

    Posted on 11/01/2011 by The-Gaby


    Victoria HALOs by singing to children with cancer online.

    Great way to HALO, Victoria!

    Want to see yourself on TeenNick and TeenNick.com?

    * Make a short video (one minute or less) about how you're Helping And Leading Others in your community.

    * Upload your video to TeenNick! All the details are right here.

    * Tell your most amazing and inspiring friends about this opportunity, and urge them to make a HALO video, too.

    By sharing your story, you'll encourage other people to Help and Lead Others, and that's what the HALOs are all about.

    Tell us all about how you HALO! Upload a HALO video!

  • Mary J. Blige & Jason Derulo: Live at the HALOs.

    Posted on 10/28/2011 by Lisa

    The 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards (premiering 11/6 at 8pm on Nick@Nite) include performances by Mary J. Blige and Jason Derulo. I was at the ceremony, and they were both AMAZING live. Mary J. Blige sang her new single, "25/8," and closed the show with "The Living Proof." Jason Derulo performed his hit song, "It Girl."

    Mary J. Blige, performing live at the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards
    Mary J. Blige, live at the HALOs.

    Mary J. Blige, performing live at the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards
    Mary J. Blige!!

    Jason Derulo, performing live at the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards
    Jason Derulo sings "It Girl"

    Jason Derulo, performing live at the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards
    Jason Derulo ♥

  • 2011 HALO Awards: Orange Carpet Pics!

    Posted on 10/27/2011 by Lisa

    Yesterday, I went to the HALO Awards ceremony, which will premiere on Nick@Nite on Sunday Nov. 6th. I met all of this year's honorees -- seriously amazing people -- and a bunch of celebrities, including Charlotte Arnold (Holly J from Degrassi)! She's just as nice as everybody says.

    Charlotte Arnold (Holly J from Degrassi) at the 2011 TeenNick HALO AwardsJason Derulo at the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards
    Charlotte Arnold (Holly J from Degrassi) and Jason Derulo on the orange carpet

    Victoria Justice at the 2011 TeenNick HALO AwardsMary J. Blige at the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards
    Victoria Justice and Mary J. Blige on the orange carpet

    The 2011 TeenNick HALO honorees with host Nick Cannon
    HALO Awards host Nick Cannon (center) on the orange carpet with 2011 HALO honorees Kyle Weiss, Emily-Anne Rigal, Shanoah Washington and James O'Dwyer

    Nick Cannon and his mom at the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards
    Nick Cannon walked the orange carpet with his mom. :)

    Don't miss the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards, Nov. 6th at 8pm. (I'm planning to live-tweet the show, and I'll include lots of info about what it was like to be there in person.)

  • How Do You HALO? Sarah, NJ

    Posted on 10/27/2011 by The-Gaby


    Sarah HALOs by volunteering at her temple talking to younger kids about being better people.

    That's a great way to HALO, Sarah!

    Want to see yourself on TeenNick and TeenNick.com?

    * Make a short video (one minute or less) about how you're Helping And Leading Others in your community.

    * Upload your video to TeenNick! All the details are right here.

    * Tell your most amazing and inspiring friends about this opportunity, and urge them to make a HALO video, too.

    By sharing your story, you'll encourage other people to Help and Lead Others, and that's what the HALOs are all about.

    Tell us all about how you HALO! Upload a HALO video!

  • How Do You HALO? Rachel, MD

    Posted on 10/25/2011 by The-Gaby


    Rachel HALO's by tutoring kids at her local Boys & Girls Club.

    That's a great way to HALO, Rachel!

    Want to see yourself on TeenNick and TeenNick.com?

    * Make a short video (one minute or less) about how you're Helping And Leading Others in your community.

    * Upload your video to TeenNick! All the details are right here.

    * Tell your most amazing and inspiring friends about this opportunity, and urge them to make a HALO video, too.

    By sharing your story, you'll encourage other people to Help and Lead Others, and that's what the HALOs are all about.

    Tell us all about how you HALO! Upload a HALO video!

  • How Do You HALO? Allison, PA

    Posted on 10/24/2011 by The-Gaby


    Allison HALO's by taking anti-bullying initiatives to the next level by starting her own!

    Awesome HALO-ing, Allison!

    Want to see yourself on TeenNick and TeenNick.com?

    * Make a short video (one minute or less) about how you're Helping And Leading Others in your community.

    * Upload your video to TeenNick! All the details are right here.

    * Tell your most amazing and inspiring friends about this opportunity, and urge them to make a HALO video, too.

    By sharing your story, you'll encourage other people to Help and Lead Others, and that's what the HALOs are all about.

    Tell us all about how you HALO! Upload a HALO video!