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  • 2013 HALO Honoree: Miranda Fuentes

    Posted on 11/13/2013 by Rachel1016

    HALO 2013: Miranda Fuentes

    Miranda Fuentes is a 16-year-old surfer girl who has a passion for working with children with autism, a brain developmental disorder characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and even physical health issues. A 2013 HALO honoree, Miranda has combined her love for the sport and dedication to advocacy by volunteering with an organization called Surfers For Autism (SFA). We got the chance to speak with Miranda to learn more about her involvement with Surfers For Autism and hear all about what it was like to meet Austin Mahone!

    Surfers For Autism's states in its mission that the therapeutic benefits of surfing for children with special needs cannot be overestimated. Inspired by her younger brother Lucas who has autism himself, Miranda has dedicated her time over the past five years to bring these children to the waves. Through the spirit of surfing, she works to build their confidence, unlock their potential, and ultimately create a safe, fun-loving space for them to flourish.

    HALO 2013: Miranda Fuentes

    As the youngest master instructor at Surfers For Autism, Miranda told us she takes roughly 150 participants surfing each year. "I like to work with the younger age groups," she said. "Our beginning age is four. The oldest I've worked with is 14 [years-old]." She explained how she enjoys teaching the basics of the sport to the younger kids who are learning the skills for the first time. And on top of instructing these young surfers, within a given season Miranda helps SFA organize surfing events roughly every two to three weeks. But when the off-season arrives, Miranda explained how they keep their surfers involved with out-of-water activities: "We have off-season concerts inland [that feature] local musicians." She also explained that these concerts are a great way to include families that may not live near the beach.

    Austin Mahone surprised Miranda on the beach to tell her she would be honored at the HALO Awards, and here's what she had to say about it: "That was really cool. I was definitely in shock! I was really excited and very honored. He was on a fat tire bike and I didn't notice him coming from the side until he was a few feet away. Then I realized it was Austin Mahone!"

    When we asked Miranda how she inspires others to HALO she said, "I just like to talk to my friends about [Surfers For Autism], and they tell their friends. I'm also in charge of the Instagram and Twitter for SFA. I like to tell them how SFA can change their lives. I show them pictures and invite them to events, and just watching the kids inspires them."

    When she's not in the water or advocating for autism, Miranda is a beach-girl at heart. She enjoys playing in the sand, playing tag on the beach, and building sandcastles. Oh, and dare we forget, she also loves One Direction.

    Don't miss Miranda and the other amazing honorees at the 2013 HALO Awards, this Sunday, November 17th at 8pm ET!

  • Have you seen this One Direction video?

    Posted on 03/20/2012 by Lisa

    I'm new to One Direction (in fact, the "What Makes You Beautiful" video is the first time I've seen them in action), but I know a bunch of my Twitter friends are 1D fans. I asked them to tell me what they like best about this video. Here's what they said:

    "I love the song, it's so catchy. I like how it's on the beach so it's summer worthy!" - @kb_toyzz

    "Well, I like the way they act like themselves just hanging out at the beach... because it makes us see that they're genuine." - @AndreaEBus

    "Hmmm ;) The boys. And the scenery and all the people in it and the song theme ;) of course! <3 I always smile when i see it. It makes my day 100% better." - @Ms_MunroLover1D

    The song is pretty catchy. After watching it a few times, I'm in the mood to drive up the coast to Malibu and play on the beach. Good thing I live in LA and it's actually an option!

    If you're a 1D fan, what do you like best about this video?

    p.s. DON'T MISS ONE DIRECTION ON THE KCA's, Saturday, March 31st at 8pm et on Nick.

    p.p.s. Did the sparkler scenes toward the end of the video remind anyone else of last summer's Degrassi promo? (I kept expecting to see a shot of Clare!)

  • 10 Celebs You Didn't Know HALO Everyday

    Posted on 05/12/1915 by TeenNickBlogger

    Inspiration to Help and Lead Others can come from many places. Maybe you witnessed a random act of kindness on the street and decide to pay it forward, or maybe you're inspired by the story of another teen just like you, or maybe, like many of us, your celebrity heroes use their global presence to open your eyes to important causes and issues. When they're not singing, dancing, acting or making us laugh, here are 10 celebs who spread the HALO Effect all the time.


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    Our girl Taylor is involved in several charities and causes, including public education funding for art and music, children's literacy and natural disaster relief. She donated the proceeds from her 1989 hit single "Welcome to New York" to NYC public schools and in 2012, funded the building of a new education center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. She makes frequent visits to children's hospitals to play her songs for fans and even wrote and performed a song called "Ronan" in memory of a four-year-old boy who died of neuroblastoma in 2012. We're barely scraping the surface of all the good Taylor does, so it's no wonder she was recognized as the most charitable celebrity of 2014 by the Do Something Awards!

    Sources: New York Times, ABC News, New York Times


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    Emma Watson became a HALO hero last year when she launched the United Nations #HeForShe campaign during an address at UN Headquarters. Her kick-butt campaign promotes feminism and calls for both men and women to fight together, in solidarity, for gender equality. As a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma has become a global spokesperson for feminism today. She has inspired women and men alike to not only gain a deeper understanding of what feminism is, but also to promote it fearlessly and wholeheartedly.

    Sources:UN Women


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    Queen Bey's philanthropic initiative #BeyGOOD is a campaign that supports several causes. The movement has helped put people back to work, helped restock clothing donation centers, provided counseling, housing, food, and medical assistance to homeless, promoted Autism awareness and impacted global empowerment of women and girls. NBeyD. She is #Flawless.

    Sources: #BEYGood


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    In 2013, Justin became the first recording artist ever to grant 200 wishes through the Make-A-Wish Foundation to children with life-threatening medical conditions. He is also a big supporter of Pencils of Promise, an organization that helps build quality schools and develop sustainable education programs for children all over the world.

    Sources: Make-A-Wish Foundation, Pencils of Promise


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    At the end of last year, funnyman Chris Pratt gave a touching speech at the March of Dimes Celebration of Babies event. While honoring the organization which funds research to help solve premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality, he spoke about his own son, Jack, who was born prematurely.

    Sources: NBC Today


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    We love Mindy Kaling for many reasons, one of them being her involvement with Rosie's Theater Kids. The non-profit, which was started by actress Rosie O'Donnell, promotes performance and arts education. In 2014, Mindy auctioned off a The Mindy Project script to raise money for the organization.

    Sources: Celebs Gone Good


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    Demi is an advocate for several causes, but most recently and notably she has been vocal about LGBTQ rights as well as mental health and body positivity. The songstress is a spokesperson for NYC Pride Week, the face of the Americans for Marriage Equality campaign, and in 2014, embarked on a Mental Health Listening & Engagement Tour, in which she talked about her personal experiences with bipolar and eating disorders.

    Sources: NYC Pride, Human Rights Campaign YouTube


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    YouTube sensation Tyler Oakley is a long-time supporter of The Trevor Project, a non-profit organization that focuses on providing crisis and suicide prevention for the LGBTQ youth community. By mobilizing fans and supporters to chip in and donate, Tyler raised over half a million dollars for The Trevor Project. Tyler, you are a shining light and joy to us all.

    Sources: The Trevor Project


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    For some time now, Miley has been an advocate for homeless youth. She is a supporter of My Friend's Place, an organization that helps homeless youth build self-sustainable lives, and even used her VMA speech for Video of the Year to promote the program. Most recently, Miley launched The Happy Hippie Foundation, which helps confront injustices faced by homeless, LGBTQ and other vulnerable youth communities.

    Sources: My Friend's Place, Miley Cyrus Facebook


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    The boys tend to bring joy to the world with their sweet songs and even sweeter smiles, but they're also heavily involved in a few very important causes. Not only are they ambassadors to Rays of Sunshine, but in 2014, the band donated �600,000 to Stand Up to Cancer by giving portions of their ticket sales revenue from the "Where We Are" tour. In 2013, they raised over �2 million for Red Nose Day (a campaign launched by Comic Relief, which incorporates humor to help people living difficult and impoverished lives) thanks to their single "One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)."

    Sources: One Direction Family, Comic Relief

    As if these celebs don't inspire us already, their dedication to Helping and Leading Others makes us love them even more. We challenge YOU to learn more about one of the organizations above and share which one you've chosen in the comments!

    All photo credit: Getty Images