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  • 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!

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

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  • Interview: Shanoah Washington, 2011 HALO Award Winner

    Posted on 10/29/2011 by Lisa


    Shanoah Washington at the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards
    Shanoah on the orange carpet
    Shanoah Washington, 18, of St. Petersburg, Florida, created Sista2Sista, a mentoring program for young girls in her community. Shanoah's HALO match is Jessica Biel, who works with Girl Up to help give girls in developing countries a better future. Shanoah and the other 2011 TeenNick HALO Award winners flew out to LA for the ceremony this week, and I got to interview her in the fancypants lobby of the W Hotel in Hollywood.

    Can you tell me how Sista2Sista got started?
    It started with an 11 year-old girl. She had moved from foster home to foster home, and nobody could control her. She was doing crazy things and acting out. She was going through so much. She was in my poetry class, and seeing the things that she went through and knowing what I went through... we had a similar story in certain aspects. That's how Sista2Sista got started. I was just thinking "You know what, let me start a mentoring program." There are tons of other girls out there who have the same stories and need someone to talk to, someone to let them know "It's OK that this happened to you, but you don't have to suffer as a victim from it all the time."

    From there, did you recruit other volunteers to help?
    I talked to my mom and my grandma and Miss Juanita Suber. They liked the idea, and they were just like "Yeah, yeah, let's do this." So Miss Juanita formed the board for Sista2Sista. We're housed right now in the Royal Theater Boys & Girls Club Performing Arts Academy. There were already students there, and we gave an open invitation.

    Shanoah Washington at the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards
    Shanoah with Leon Thomas and Avan Jogia of Victorious
    What has been your proudest moment with Sista2Sista?
    My proudest moment, as of right now, is the TeenNick HALO Awards! But, besides the TeenNick HALO Awards, my proudest moment was our culmination ceremony where the girls who went through the etiquette program received one credit for a social science in high school. Even if they weren't in high school, they still received it, so it goes on their transcript for when they get there. All of my babies graduated with their credits!

    What advice would you give someone who has never volunteered or been involved in their community?
    If you have never volunteered, you are not fulfilling your purpose in life. I feel like everyone is here to leave their mark on this world and make it better than it was before they were born into it.

    What would you say to people who think it takes up a lot of time, or that it's boring?
    When you normally ask someone, "Will you come and volunteer for my mentoring program?" they're like "No, that's gonna take up so much of my time!" But if you think about it like this... If everyone in the entire world donates one hour of their time, that goes from one hour to like 7 BILLION hours worth of volunteering and impacting a child's life to make them a better person. For each hour you spend with another person, helping them and making them feel better than they felt before you came into their life, your cool points go up higher.

    I totally agree. What's your biggest dream for Sista2Sista in the future?
    My biggest dream is that through our career and entrepreneurial development program, all of my young ladies can have their own businesses that can potentially help other people, and that by the time they're 30, they'll all be able to retire!

    How did the whole experience go with Nick Cannon?
    He surprised me at The Poetry Spot. They kept telling me "Do you think you can just do one poem at let someone else go?" and I was like "No, because I'm the feature, which means I have to do my five poems, and then other people can go." Then he came back and was like "How about four, how about three?" So finally it was my turn to go, and they cut me while I was doing poetry! And I'm like "NO THEY DID NOT!" And so then they were like "The next poet coming to the mic is Nick Cannon!" and so I'm like, "Aww, man, that's really cool, someone has the same name as Nick Cannon!" And then he walks through the audience really slow and he gets to the front, and he's like "You guuuuyyyys!" and we're just like "It's Nick Cannon, this isn't real." [Watch the show to find out what happens next!]

    And how did you meet Jessica Biel?
    They flew me to Miami to get an emergency passport, and then they flew me to Canada to meet my match, and they were like "You're going to meet this girl who's just like you!" and I was like "Oh, maybe it's Emily-Anne! I'm gonna meet Emily-Anne, we're gonna get mani-pedis, we'll talk about girl stuff and have tea and do stuff like that." So I get to this very nice hotel, and they had a red carpet outside... [Watch the show to find out what happens next!]

    Prior to meeting Jessica Biel, I just thought she was like every other celebrity, but she's not. She's very down to earth. She didn't even want to be called Jessica -- she wanted to be called Jessie. I chilled with her mom, "Mama Biel," who's a spiritual healer, and her assistant, Lauren, who is really awesome.

    Those are all my questions. Is there anything else you want to talk about?
    My little sister, Shanyjah Williams! Her birthday is on the same day that we're filming the HALO Awards, and she's turning five, but we won't be back until Monday.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SHANYJAH!!

    Watch Shanoah helping and leading others on the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards, premiering Nov. 6th at 8pm on Nick@Nite.

  • Want to feel The HALO Effect?

    Posted on 10/29/2011 by Lisa


    Inspired by the TeenNick HALO Awards, the HALO Effect is a way for visitors to TeenNick.com to help others. Complete "Quests" on this site, and you'll earn points that you can trade in for a donation to DonorsChoose.org.

    DonorsChoose.org is a site where school teachers from all over the United States post requests for supplies they need (like scientific equipment, journals for a writing class, or musical instruments for the school band). If you earn enough HALO Effect coins, you'll be able to make a $5 donation to any project you choose.

    It's an awesome way to support education, and it's easy, too. All you have to do is use this site! Check out the blue bar at the top of this page to get started.

    The 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards honorees
    The 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards honorees, about to walk the orange carpet -- and all the way on the right, behind Kyle's shoulder, that's Charlotte Arnold from Degrassi! :)

  • 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!

  • How Do You HALO? True, CA

    Posted on 10/23/2011 by The-Gaby


    True HALO's by keeping her neighborhood clean and green.

    Keep up the HALO-ing, True!

    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? Tamara, PA

    Posted on 10/22/2011 by The-Gaby


    Tamara HALO's by donating cans of food at her local food drive.

    That's what HALO is all about, Tamara!

    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!