The quartet arrived at a screening of the special hosted by TeenNick chairman Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday evening (December 9).
The HALO Awards is a new one-hour special that recognizes and celebrates real teens who are agents of change in their communities, in the hopes of inspiring and motivating a new generation of leaders. HALO stands for “helping and leading others.”
The 2009 TeenNick HALO Awards premiere TONGIHT, December 11 @ 8PM ET/PT on TeenNick.
Click inside to find out about the causes Leah, Brryan, Darrius and Megan were recognized for…
– Brryan Jackson, a St. Charles, MO native, created Hope Is Vital, an organization that advocates for HIV/AIDS awareness education and outreach, after being infected with the HIV virus as an infant. His HALO match, Alicia Keys, shares his passion for the cause with Keep A Child Alive, her charity that provides life saving treatment, care and support services to children and their families living with HIV/AIDS in Africa and India.
– Having grown up on the shores of Santa Monica, Megan Kilroy now runs Team Marine, an advocacy group at her high school that conducts ocean research and supports community activism, outreach and education. Her HALO match, Hayden Panettiere, is the spokesperson for The Whaleman Foundation and its Save the Whales Again! campaign whose mission is to end all commercial whaling and dolphin hunting and to preserve and protect whales, dolphins and their ocean habitat.
– Darrius Snow, who grew up in the projects of Atlanta, successfully built up and ran BTEAM (Bankhead Teens Encouraging Action by Motivating Others), an organization dedicated to community improvement by providing kids and teens with positive physical activities as an alternative to violence, drugs and gangs. His HALO match, LeBron James, founded the LeBron James Family Foundation in 2004, which empowers children and single-parent households through innovative programming and initiatives, strengthening the ties between family members and building hope through education, physical fitness and better health for those who are dealing with adversity.
– After living with scoliosis, Leah Stoltz started Curvy Girls of Long Island, a group that provides education, support and friendship for teen girls diagnosed with the condition. Her HALO match is Justin Timberlake, whose charity is The Shriners Hospitals for Children, a pediatric, orthopedic healthcare system with 22 hospitals that specialize in orthopedics, burn care, spinal cord injury and cleft lip and palate.