Since 2009, the HALO (Helping And Leading Others) awards have been honoring teens who work to make the world a better place. For the big night, celebrities like Taylor Swift, David Beckham, Lady Gaga, Ashton Kutcher, and host Nick Cannon come together to give some amazing teens the recognition they deserve.
Well, I might not have a primetime TV slot or a vault full of prize money, but I’m not going to let that stop me from raising my blog glass to some toast-worthy teens, starting right now!
Emily-Ann Rigal, 2011 HALO Honoree
Because of her weight, Emily-Anne was bullied to the point where she felt her only option was to switch schools. Vowing she would do everything she could to keep others from going through the same thing, in 2010 Emily took to the web and created WeStopHate.org, a teen-run website to combat bullying through social media videos created for teens by teens which now has over 500,000 members!
Emily-Anne also travels the country giving presentations and helping others design anti-bullying campaigns, as well as continuing to spread her message of self-worth with inspirational notes, quotes, and photos to her audience several times a day. Emily-Anne and WeStopHate truly give teens a voice; for more information, check out the site: WeStopHate.org
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