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  • Interview: Allyson Ahlstrom, 2012 HALO Award Winner

    Posted on 11/10/2012 by Lisa

    I spoke with Allyson Ahlstrom, founder of Threads for Teens, an organization that collects clothing and distributes it to disadvantaged girls. Watch this video to see how she reacted when she met Tyra Banks -- and read the interview below for Allyson's tips on getting more involved in your own community.

    Can you talk a bit about how Threads for Teens got started?
    I read a book called Generation Change by Zach Hunter. It's about different service projects that other teenagers have done. I've volunteered my whole life, and I wanted to do my own service project, but I kept thinking I was too young to do anything. Reading this book, I was like "Oh my gosh, a 12 year old started an organization to stop human trafficking. I'm two years older and I can definitely do something."

    On January 17, 2010, I came up with the idea to do a clothing project, and it was Threads for Teens. In the next week, I sent out over 300 letters to different companies that I found online. Within the first couple hours of sending emails, I had my first donation.

    That's awesome! It's interesting to me that at first, you thought you were too young -- until you read that book. But do you think being young also helped you get attention for the project?
    Oh yeah, of course. In the letter I send out, the first sentence is "Hi, my name is Allyson Ahlstrom, and I'm 17 years old." So when I started, it said "I'm 14 years old." So, I'm definitely going to be a little bit sad when I turn 18!

    Allyson Ahlstrom and Nick Cannon
    Awww! I'm sure you'll still be amazing when you're 18. When you decided to do a service project, what drew you to fashion?
    At the time, I was super into fashion design. I wanted to be a fashion designer really badly. I've always been into knitting and sewing and crocheting and whatever, so I was taking a lot of sewing classes and drawing classes. When I first read Generation Change, I thought "OK, what can you do?" and I immediately thought of fashion. Then I started thinking about foster kids, and how clothing is definitely a needed item... I think it was just the right timing.

    I love that you're helping people find clothes that really work for them, and that build their self-esteem. Can you tell me one or two items that you think EVERY girl should own?
    One would be a blazer, because a blazer can really dress an outfit up professionally. Like, as an example, I was at an event the other night, and I was wearing this really cute polka dot dress. It wasn't exactly appropriate for the event, but with the blazer, it dressed it up a bit and made the outfit look more professional as a whole. Also: definitely a black dress, which is so common, but it's so helpful when going to events. I go to a lot of events, and having a go-to thing that's cute and simple really helps out. I think a black dress is great. It's just easy.

    What would you say has been your proudest moment with Threads for Teens?
    One thing that really sticks out to me is from when the boutique first opened. A girl named Britney, who was really shy -- but nice and smiley -- came in. She was really excited with the clothes she got. What was really a testament to how well Threads for Teens works was, a year later, I heard from her social worker that they'd noticed a change in her after her shopping appointment. Britney had gotten the motivation to be a mechanic, and she's in trade school for that. That's one of the things that I like to think about... that it's a long-term project, not just short-term.

    Allyson Ahlstrom
    What has been the most challenging part of starting your own organization?
    When I first started, I thought that getting donations of clothing would be hard, but I was completely wrong, because I got tons of clothing donations. But what I found out was really tough, and I was not anticipating this, was actually finding girls to shop at the boutique, you know... girls that would be eligible, that need the project, girls in foster care. That was tough at first. I had the opening date set for August 3, 2010, and I was scrambling at the end of July to round up a bunch of girls to come to the shop. It was tough, because I was explaining what I was doing to social workers, and I don't think they really understood it.

    And they're probably so busy, too, that you're just adding another thing for them to think about.
    Exactly, and it's so different. They're thinking, here's this 14-year-old trying to tell me to bring my kid to get some clothes... It was tough, but luckily I came in contact with a woman who's the head of an organization called CASA, which is Court-Appointed Special Advocates. She came to see the boutique before it started, and she just loved it and recommended it to people in her program, and thankfully ever since then I don't have to work as hard to find the girls. The social workers fill out a form on my website, and then they can make an appointment.

    What advice would you give someone who has never done any volunteering, but wants to get involved in their community?
    The first thing I would recommend is to talk to friends and family members, because there's gonna be someone that does some kind of volunteering. Let's say they talk to an aunt who's really into working with animals at animal shelters, and that's someone to talk to about volunteering in general. You can find more resources through networking, or just go straight to Google and look for organizations about things you're passionate about. One of the things I always say is that you need to find something you're passionate about -- or else you're not gonna want to go. What I recommend is to volunteer at several different places and figure out what you like, and what you don't like, until you find the perfect fit. That way you have fun when you're going, and that makes a difference. If you're just there because your mom made you or whatever, it's gonna show in the work you're doing. You need to be happy and give your full self. You need to be 100% present when you're volunteering. To go beyond volunteering and start a project, just go out there and do it and don't be afraid to ask others for help.

    I love what you said about how you can just go Google it -- that's how I found the organization that I volunteer with! So, let's talk about the HALOs! How did you find out you'd won?
    Well, Nickelodeon called me back in August saying they might want to interview me for a blog post about teenagers doing service work. So they got there, and there were like a million people! And then... [WATCH THE HALO AWARDS on Nov. 19th FOR DETAILS!!]

    What was it like meeting Tyra Banks? Is there anything about her that surprised you?
    I knew a lot about Tyra, but one thing that surprised me was just how much of a businesswoman she is. Behind the scenes, she is so powerful, and always wanting to learn more and do more. That's what I really admire about her... she does so much. She's not like, some puppet being told what to do. She's a decision-maker. I really admire her passion for the Lower Eastside Girls Club and for the Tyra Banks T-Zone.

    Allyson Ahlstrom and Nick Cannon
    What are your plans for Threads for Teens in the future?
    Next summer, Threads for Teens is going on a 48-state tour. We're outfitting a semi truck to be a mobile boutique, and we're going to do the 48 continental states and D.C. About a thousand girls will receive a new outfit, and I'm really excited about that. We'd love it if people from around the country came out and visited the boutique while we're in their state. My plan for the far-off future is that I want to have brick-and-mortar store in all 50 states.

    I would be so excited for that to happen, and I believe you can make it happen!
    Oh me, too.

    What is one thing you'd like to ask everyone who reads this interview to do?
    Definitely check out the Threads for Teens Facebook page.

    You're on Twitter, too, right (@threadsforteens)? Want to live-tweet the HALOs with us?
    Yeah, that'll be cool. I just have to download a Twitter app for my phone.

    Allyson, thanks so much for talking to me.
    Thanks for taking the time to interview me!

    For more about how Allyson Angstrom Helps And Leads Others (and to watch her be surprised by Nick Cannon and Tyra Banks!) don't miss the TeenNick HALO Awards on Monday, November 19th at 8pm et!

  • The 2012 TeenNick HALO Awards are November 19th!

    Posted on 11/01/2012 by Lisa

    At the fourth annual TeenNick HALO Awards, Tyra Banks, Justin Bieber, Josh Duhamel and Emma Stone will join Nick Cannon to honor four teens who are Helping And Leading Others. The 90-minute special premieres Monday, Nov. 19 at 8pm on Nick at Nite, and will feature musical performances by Ne-Yo and Neon Trees.

    Nick Cannon"Each year we continue to be inspired by young people giving of themselves and we are honored to give back to them. We applaud these HALO honorees and their outstanding commitment to service on a local and national level." - Nick Cannon, TeenNick HALO Awards creator, executive producer, and host.

    If you've seen the HALOs in the past, you know just how amazing and inspiring this show is. Watching Nick Cannon surprise hardworking teens to reward them for their efforts pretty much always makes me cry. I'm so excited to learn more about this year's honorees:

    Allyson Ahlstrom, 17, Santa Rosa, California
    Allyson Ahlstrom combined her love of fashion and community service to create Threads for Teens, an organization that collects and distributes clothing to disadvantaged girls. She provides one-on-one support to the girls as they shop, bonding over fashion, talking about their lives and sharing motivational advice. Allyson's HALO match, Tyra Banks, started TZONE at the Lower Eastside Girls Club, providing workshops, mentoring, and community activities to help girls develop their self-esteem.

    Matt Ferguson, 18, Hillsboro, Oregon
    Matt Ferguson was inspired to start Matt's Chemo Bags after finding out his mom had been diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. He started putting together bags of essential items (body lotion, tissues, a handmade blanket, a lap pillow, a pen and notebook, and lots of other stuff) to comfort women who are going through chemotherapy. Matt's HALO match, Emma Stone, is an advocate for Stand Up To Cancer, an organization that raises funds for innovative cancer research.

    Kylie Lan Tumiatti, 16, West Melbourne, Florida
    Abandoned at birth in Gaoming, China, Kylie Lan Tumiatti was adopted into a loving family that instilled in her a passion for giving back to the community. After watching her younger sister and other adoptees struggle with learning English, Tumiatti partnered with Operation HOPE Florida to create a literacy program that helps children build language skills. Kylie's HALO match, Justin Bieber, is a big supporter of Pencils of Promise, which works to build schools in developing countries.

    Taylor Waters, 19, Sanford, N.C.
    Taylor Waters' belief in giving back to her community stems from her personal experiences with disaster. She works with her hometown American Red Cross, is establishing her own Red Cross Club at East Carolina University and, networks with teens across the country as part of the American Red Cross Youth Council. Taylor's HALO match is Josh Duhamel, who supports the disaster relief efforts of the American Red Cross and was recently honored by the organization with a "Crystal Cross Award" for humanitarianism.

    I love everything about the HALO Awards! I can't wait to see them on November 19th, and I hope you'll all be watching too.

  • The HALO Awards are coming!

    Posted on 10/16/2012 by Lisa

    Once a year, celebrities honor teens who Help And Lead Others, and I watch it all happen and cry. It's that time again!

    I think the HALO Awards are one of the most inspiring, impressive, and meaningful award shows out there, and I'm looking forward to watching (and crying) again this year! If you've never seen the HALOs, watch clips from previous HALO shows to see what they're all about.

  • THE HALO EFFECT: Thanks for your help.

    Posted on 11/09/2011 by Lisa

    You know that HALO Effect banner you've seen across the top of the site lately? On behalf of all the online HALOers who viewed and shared HALO Awards posts, quizzes, and videos during the past few weeks, TeenNick gave $15,000 in donations to! Thank you for helping us make that happen. is a website where teachers post requests for supplies they want to use in their classrooms (books, art supplies, computers, science lab equipment... anything), and everyone who redeemed their points during the HALO Effect promotion earned a $5 donation to the classroom of their choice.

    Visit the HALO Awards page to watch the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards online, and learn more about how you can help and lead others in your community.

  • Kerri Went to Kenya with Degrassi Stars.

    Posted on 11/08/2011 by Lisa

    If you watched the HALO Awards on TeenNick, you saw footage of Degrassi's Ray Ablack (Sav) and Charlotte Arnold (Holly J) on a trip to Africa with HALO contest winner Kerri Solitro. I interviewed Kerri to find out more about the trip.

    Watch more videos about the Kenya trip.

    So tell me about Kenya! Did you have to get a bunch of shots before you left?
    My boyfriend and my friend Jessi went on the trip with me. The first day we went to get our shots they gave us four, and they really hurt. It was really intense. Then we had to go back and get follow up rabies shots, and get a certificate for yellow fever, or they wouldn't have let us into the country.

    How long did it take for you to get to Kenya?
    It was 7 hours and 20 minutes from Boston to Amsterdam, and then like 8 hours from Amsterdam to Kenya.

    When did you first meet Ray and Charlotte?
    Our plane landed in Nairobi first. We met two of the facilitators for the trip, and as we waited for Charlotte and Ray to arrive, I got to hold the sign that had their names.

    My boyfriend was looking over everybody, and he's like "I think I see Ray! I think I see him!" Charlotte ran right up to me and gave me a huge hug, and she was like "Oh my gosh, aren't you so excited?" Ray was like, gonna shake my hand, and I was like "Can I hug you?"

    The first night we stayed in a hotel. In the morning we took a small 18-seater plane from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara, where we were staying for the whole trip. The plane ride was like a bus ride. We went up, and then came down like 15 minutes later to let people off and have people come on. It would go up and down, and we were the last stop. At one point, we were landing and there were all these wildebeests on the landing strip, and the plane just kept landing anyway, and we could see all these wildebeests running away from the plane.

    The cottages we stayed in were nice, very homey. They had flush toilets and all that stuff. We could only take hot showers at night or early in the morning, because they used the same fires for cooking food and heating our water. It got pretty chilly at night. We had mosquito nets over our beds and they would come and put hot water bottles in our beds.

    Kerri's trip to Kenya!
    Can you talk about the volunteer work you did with Free the Children?
    They told us we were going to be working on a school, but it was actually a dorm room for teachers to stay in for the girls' high school. They're trying to get teachers from the city to come in, to give them a better education. A lot of teachers don't want to travel that far, so they want to build a dorm so the teachers will be able to stay there. We worked on building the walls of the first dorm. They give you a wheelbarrow with dirt and cement, and they mix it together with water. So you take the trowel and you put the mortar in between the bricks, which were stone. The first day we were there, we did four layers of the brick, and the guy who was the construction head was surprised at how fast we worked. The next day we went back and he was excited, because he knew that we were hardworking. The third day we went, it was raining, and we mixed cement for the floor of the second dorm.

    We also went to visit the school that Ray and Charlotte worked on when they were there the last time, and now it's a big community of schoolhouses. They were excited to see how many more buildings there were, and we planted trees down a hill from there.

    We also built a chimney. They have fireplaces in their homes, but no way to get the smoke out of the houses, so the kids have respiratory problems and are getting sick from breathing the smoke. So what they're trying to do now is build a chimney in every house. It kind of looks like a stove when it's done -- there are little rocks you can put a pot on, kind of like a four-burner stove.

    What kinds of food did you eat in Kenya?
    The first night we were there, my boyfriend and Jessi ordered burgers and it was actually bison meat. So that was unexpected. But while we were at the cottages we ate pretty normal food ... pasta, rice, chicken, lots of vegetables. The last night, we had a Kenyan barbecue, and we had goat. It was really good. It kind of tasted like chicken, but more like... flavorful. The very last night in Kenya, we ate at this restaurant called the Carnivore, where they serve all these different kinds of meat. They come around with, like, a whole animal on a sword, and they carve the meat off and it falls onto your plate. They came around with normal stuff at first, and then like, ostrich meatballs! Camel, goat, lamb... The most unique tasting meat was crocodile. It tasted like chicken at first, and then like fish.

    Kerri's trip to Kenya!

    What did you do for fun?
    We learned how to make rungu, and how to make these little blessing sticks. The rungu is a weapon the warriors use to throw at animals that are far away. They're made of wood, but the top is really heavy and it has a little point on it. They make them and sell them at the market. There are a bunch of different steps, and to smooth them, they use leaves from a sandpaper tree. I didn't believe it at first, but the leaves of the tree really feel like sandpaper.

    Our last night there, we did warrior training and we got to shoot arrows and throw those rungu things, and they had machetes.

    I love your safari pictures! What was that like?
    We went on two safaris! We saw hippos, and we saw lions a few feet away from us. They were eating a wildebeest. There were hyenas behind them, waiting for them to be finished, so they could eat the rest... and there were little jackals around, which sound like chihuahuas, like barking dogs. We sat there for like ten minutes watching them eat.

    We had a snack while we were out. We put blankets down and ate cookies while there were animals running by. There was a giraffe eating off of a tree a few feet away from us. We also went to a giraffe center. You can put food in your mouth, and the giraffe will eat it out of your mouth.

    Wow! What was that like?!! The giraffe's tongue felt like a cat's tongue, like it was really long and kind of slimy. Charlotte was sitting there, like "Did you know giraffes have really clean mouths? Their spit is antiseptic." and I'm like "The giraffe is licking my face!!" Ray wouldn't do it. My boyfriend wouldn't do it either.

    I feel like if life gives you the opportunity to kiss a giraffe on the mouth, you kinda have to go for it. That's what I said! I was like "How many times is a giraffe gonna kiss you on the mouth?" and Charlotte said, "Um, that would be twice," because she had been there before.

    Aside from kissing a giraffe, what was the most surprising part of the trip? I wasn't expecting everybody to be so nice! And I was really expecting to be homesick the whole trip, because I was going to be so far away. We couldn't call home, because there was no cell service. They had a satellite phone, but it was $5 a minute. But everybody was just really nice, and even like, the people on the side of the road were all waving. They made us feel right at home. I could probably live there. They were so excited to have us there. When we pulled up to the cottages, they were singing. When we went to visit the first school, the kids were singing and dancing for us, and they gave us necklaces. The last night we were there, they sang to us again and gave us a cake.

    What were your impressions of Charlotte and Ray? I was expecting them to be more celebrity-ish, but they were just so nice and welcoming and open. They were down to earth, just like "Oh, we're friends!" After dinner at night, we'd just sit there and talk, and it felt like I'd known them for a long time. Every time we got in the car, we'd put on my iPod or Ray's phone and he and I would sing My Chemical Romance songs and stuff. When Charlotte and I were walking back from dinner to our cottages, we sang the songs from Rent.

    Do you think you'll do more with Free the Children? I want to. It's a good feeling. The people in Kenya don't have what we have, but we're helping them be more healthy and have a nicer house to live in.

    They have a shop there that sells all the Me to We artisan items, and I want to maybe get a stock of them and go to one of the colleges in my state, and talk about Free the Children, and promote that if you buy this stuff it goes back to the community in Kenya. The people who make the jewelry get a salary, and it helps them improve their lives.

    I want to know how it works out. Keep me posted!

    More pictures from the trip:

    Kerri's trip to Kenya!
    Charlotte Arnold in Kenya
    Group shot wearing shukas.

    p.s. If you're on Twitter, follow Kerri: @Starsncyanide

  • Missed the HALO Awards? Watch the encore tonight!

    Posted on 11/07/2011 by The-Gaby

    So you missed the premiere of the HALO Awards last problem! We're airing an encore presentation of the whole event with some of our favorite cast member from Degrassi!

    That's right!

    The biggest HALO Awards ever. Hosted by the stars of Degrassi, Ray Ablack and Charlotte Arnold. TONIGHT. At 9p et! On TeenNick!

    If you tweet as you watch the show, join in the conversation with this hashtag: #HALOAwards

    (If you're not on Twitter, feel free to leave comments on this post as you watch the HALOs on TeenNick!)

    Happy HALO everyone!

  • Wanna watch the HALOs with me?

    Posted on 11/06/2011 by Lisa

    Why am I making up new lyrics for Beyonce's song "Halo" that go "Let me see the HALOs, HALOs, HALOs..."?

    Because the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards premiere TONIGHT! At 8PM ET! On Nick@Nite!

    If you're on Twitter, I'd be honored if you'd live-tweet the show with me. I'll be tweeting from my own account (@lisa_beebe) and from the official @TeenNick Twitter account. If you tweet as you watch the show, use this hashtag: #HALOawards

    (If you're not on Twitter, feel free to leave comments on this post as you watch the HALOs!)

    Nick Cannon (center) with 2011 TeenNick HALO honorees Kyle Weiss, Emily-Anne Rigal, Shanoah Washington and James O'Dwyer
    Nick Cannon (center) with 2011 TeenNick HALO honorees Kyle Weiss, Emily-Anne Rigal, Shanoah Washington and James O'Dwyer

    p.s. Check out more pics from the HALO Awards orange carpet here and here.

  • How Do You Halo? Nick Stars Edition

    Posted on 11/06/2011 by Lisa

    A ton of Nick stars walked the orange carpet at the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards, and we asked them all, "How Do You HALO?"

    Check out this video of their responses:

    The 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards premiere TONIGHT at 8pm on Nick@Nite!

  • Interview: Emily-Anne Rigal, 2011 HALO Award Winner

    Posted on 11/05/2011 by Lisa

    Emily-Anne Rigal with Nick Cannon
    Emily-Anne Rigal and HALO Awards host Nick Cannon
    Emily-Anne Rigal, 17, was bullied so harshly as a kid that she had to switch schools. That experience lead her to create We Stop Hate, a website where teens make videos to combat bullying. I interviewed Emily-Anne while she was in Hollywood for the HALO Awards ceremony, and she gave me a We Stop Hate wristband. (Thanks, Emily-Anne!)

    Can you talk a little about what you're doing with what We Stop Hate?
    We raise teen esteem as a way to stop bullying, because if you're happy with yourself, you don't put others down. We post one video a week where someone shares a story about an insecurity they overcame or their favorite confidence tip or trick. Sometimes we have celebrities. We basically make online videos as a way to promote raising self-esteem.

    How did it all start?
    So, I had been making Youtube videos since I was a freshman in high school. They were comedy videos. I taped my family doing funny things, and my friends and I. There was some vlogging, just talking about things I cared about, but it was very Emily-Anne based, as opposed to We Stop Hate, which is more about creating a platform for other people to share things. It was a hobby, and I ended up loving it so much that I would do it all the time, and some of the Youtubers became my closest friends, and we talked all the time and would video chat.

    It was just a really great community, and I had about 5000 subscribers, but some of my friends had like, 100,000 subscribers. And I was like, "Why don't we spread some positive message, as opposed to all of us just making comedy videos?" And the reason I chose self-esteem is because I was bullied when I was younger. I ended up switching schools, and it was just a really bad experience. I had body image issues because of it, and at the time, I just felt so bad about myself. I changed schools and made a lot of friends, and then gradually, my self-confidence increased. By the time I was making videos on the internet, I wasn't having those same issues, but I realized that some kids at my school were. I was like, I want to help them, because I can relate to what they're going through. So that's how We Stop Hate came about.

    Was there anything that you found really challenging as you were developing We Stop Hate?
    I found it challenging at first to share my idea with others and have them come on board. Sometimes people can be hesitant, because self-esteem sounds like what your guidance counselor talks about, and I wanted to have cool Youtubers make videos. I had to really share my story and talk about why it is so important to do this, and get them on board. I was just really authentic, and I told them what I wanted to do, and one by one people turned around and we ended up making our own phrase, "teen esteem." I felt like people could identify with it, and make their own definition.

    What has been your proudest moment? Is there one moment that stands out in your memory?
    I was on a panel about teen activism two weeks ago. I remember looking at the kids who were sitting there, and I thought to myself as I was sitting down... two years ago -- almost to that day two years ago -- I was at an empowerment event in Washington, D.C. I hadn't thought of We Stop Hate, I wasn't doing self-esteem things. I was just a kid, just like them, who wanted to do something. And so the first thing I said on that panel was, "I just wanna make it clear that I was in your seats only two years ago, and I'm not better than you. In only two years, I went from sitting there with no idea for this to being on a panel doing this." That moment meant a lot to me, but like, I feel like I could write a novel, there have been so many moments.

    Emily-Anne with HALO winners, Kyle, Shanoah, and James
    Emily-Anne with HALO winners, Kyle, Shanoah, and James
    So when you're building someone's self-esteem, you're also kind of empowering them to help the community, too. That's great.
    I feel like that's a big part of self-esteem, because self-esteem is based on doing "esteemable acts." So when you're doing something that you care about, you're building your self-esteem. It just feels good to give back, and I wish more kids realized that and felt more empowered to do that.

    What advice would you give someone who has never really volunteered or started getting involved in their community?
    I would say to help one person, because I think that will give you the confidence to believe in helping more. So I think, find a person, and it can be someone at your school. It doesn't need to be wrapped up with a pretty bow -- just reach out to someone that you think needs to be reached out to.

    What's one thing everyone who reads this could do today to help We Stop Hate?
    Watch our videos. Check out our website and our Facebook, watch our videos, and share them.

    What was the whole experience like of winning a HALO? How did they surprise you?
    I was interning at Seventeen magazine this summer, and I was told that we were going to do a feature piece about We Stop Hate. I was editing a video with a bunch of the Seventeen editors helping me. I had watched the HALO Awards in the past, so when Nick Cannon came in, I knew exactly what it was, and I was just DYING. [Watch the show to find out what happens next!]

    You were familiar with the HALO Awards? That's awesome! So how did it go from that to meeting Lady Gaga?
    I didn't know Lady Gaga was the celebrity, and I went to lunch with one of the producers of the show, and I didn't even want to mention Lady Gaga, because I thought they would laugh at me... and then it was Lady Gaga. One of the camera people told me my facial expressions were like, "That looks like Lady Gaga, but that CAN'T be Lady Gaga... oh my god, that's LADY GAGA!" [Watch the show to find out what happens next!]

    Aside from meeting her, did anything about Lady Gaga surprise you?
    No! I expected her to be super-authentic, and she was. I did an interview with Nickelodeon before I won the HALO, and they were like "Who do you admire?" And I was like "Lady Gaga, because of what she stands for." I feel like she lived up to all of my expectations.

    Anything last bits of advice for HALO viewers?
    The message I really want to send is that making a difference is about doing what you can, with what you have, where you are. I think the beautiful thing about HALO is that it's regular kids, and anyone can do it.

    Watch Emily-Anne helping and leading others on the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards, premiering Sunday, Nov. 6th at 8pm on Nick@Nite. Follow @WeStopHate and @Schmiddlebopper on Twitter, and watch a few WeStopHate videos!

    Emily-Anne Rigal and Lady Gaga
    Emily-Anne Rigal and Lady Gaga!

  • The Degrassi cast HALOs it up.

    Posted on 11/03/2011 by Lisa

    Charlotte Arnold (Holly J on Degrassi) with TeenNick blogger Lisa Beebe
    Charlotte Arnold (Holly J on Degrassi) with TeenNick blogger Lisa Beebe

    How does the Degrassi cast HALO? I met Charlotte Arnold (Holly J) at the HALO Awards ceremony, and we talked about how the cast travels to places like Kenya, India, and Ecuador to help others. Watch three of those trips on TeenNick this week!

    Tonight at 8pm et, we're showing Degrassi: Doing What Matters, about the cast's trip to Kenya. Friday at 8pm et, we're showing Degrassi in India, and Saturday at 8pm et, we're showing Degrassi in Ecuador.

    Here are a few pictures from their travels:

    Degrassi in Kenya!
    Charlotte Arnold and Ray Ablack in Ecuador
    Sarah Barrable- Tishauer in Ecuador
    Degrassi castmembers in Ecuador