Do a good deed for this month's HALO Effect Challenge

by Robert Abare

In case you missed last month’s premiere installment, the HALO Effect is a new show from Nickelodeon that tells the story of extraordinary teens who are working to make their communities and our world a better place. Every month the show features a new teen “Champion” who is Helping And Leading Others to make a positive difference. Young viewers and their families who tune in are encouraged to participate in the Champion’s cause.

This month’s episode, which aired yesterday, Feb. 22, told the story of 14-year-old Jaylen Arnold of Lakeland, FL, who is fighting against bullying. Jaylen was born with Tourette syndrome, and he was so severely bullied because of the tics caused by his condition that he was forced to take a three month leave of absence from school at just eight years old.

When Jaylen returned to school, he pledged to help other kids who fall prey to bullies by creating the Jaylen’s Challenge Foundation. The organization combats bullying through awareness, education, and community service. Jaylen currently travels the country to speak about his experience and help schools set up “Jaylen’s Challenge Ambassador Clubs” to anchor his anti-bullying message permanently in the community.

Since its inception, the Jaylen’s Challenge Foundation has taught more than 130,000 children the value of accepting others for who they are. Nickelodeon will recognize this tremendous achievement with a $10,000 grant to the Jaylen’s Challenge Foundation.

How can I participate?

For this HALO Effect Challenge, viewers are encouraged to perform a random act of kindness for someone in their lives. Here are more ideas to get your program or community involved:

  • Have students write anonymous compliments to each other.
  • Have a “good deed” activity day where students perform a community service project, like cleaning a park or holding a canned food drive. Take a group picture for the #HALOEffectChallenge!
  • Host an activity where students discuss how to overcome bullying and make a pledge to stand up for their peers who are bullied. Have the students post their pledge on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or other social media with #HALOEffectChallenge

Or, students can simply describe how they treated someone with kindness on social media with #HALOEffectChallenge! The challenge is ongoing until March 20—share acts of kindness on social media using the hashtag for a chance to be featured by Nickelodeon or the Afterschool Alliance. 

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