2017 Nickelodeon HALO Awards: Doing Good Never Sounded So Great

Ten-year-old Zoe Terry is the Miami-based CEO of Zoe’s Dolls, a nonprofit organization that collects and donates dolls with darker skin tones to girls of African, Hispanic, Caribbean and African-American descent. Terry founded her company in 2012 at age 5 to give these girls an opportunity to play with dolls that looked like them—something she felt was lacking in her community.

Since then, nearly $20,000 in dolls have been donated to more than 4,000 young girls in the U.S., Haiti and Africa. On Nov. 26, the Nickelodeon HALO Awards honored Terry and three others for their philanthropic efforts.

Nick Cannon and our 2017 HALO Honorees Raegan Junge, Caleb White, Zoe Terry, Andrew Dunn. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)

The HALO Awards celebrates young leaders who are changing their communities and the world by “Helping and Leading Others.” Rapper Nick Cannon created the awards show in 2011, and returned this year to host the ceremony.

Nick Cannon and Raegan Junge on stage at the 2017 Nickelodeon HALO Awards (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)

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GET SCHOOLED, Comcast’s Internet Essentials Team Up to Inspire Thousands of Chicago Students

by Marie Groark, Executive Director, Get Schooled

This fall, Get Schooled partnered with Comcast’s Internet Essentials to create the Get Schooled Get Connected Challenge.   The Challenge engaged thousands of students in more than 48 community based organizations and high schools across Chicago with a goal of connecting students with digital content aimed at preparing them for college.  The most active students across the city earned a ticket to a star-studded celebrity event at Malcolm X College on Martin Luther King Day. Read More

1 Million Students Can’t Be Wrong…

by Marie Groark, Executive Director, Get Schooled

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Thank you to all our partners at Viacom for a most incredible year.  In 2013, Get Schooled grew its audience an impressive 48%, and in the process, we were able to identify significant best practices in engaging and inspiring young people around their education.  We could not have affected the lives of so many students without your partnership and support.  Our year-end infographic above shares our most valuable insights. Read More

Honoring Viacom’s Magnanimous ‘Viacommunity Award’ Winners and Finalists

by Daina Amorosano, Viacom
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Viacommunity Award Finalists, from left: Emmy-winning Mike Henneberger, Production Coordinator at Comedy Central; Gary Pagano, Sr. Director of Special Events; and Sarah Ray, Manager for Partner Marketing.

The Viacommunity Award honors two employees who’ve made an outstanding impact in their communities with a $10,000 donation to the organization of their choice. At our Town Hall yesterday, CEO Philippe Dauman presented the first award to Malika Quemerais, Manager of Music & Celebrity Talent at MTV, in honor of her inspiring work with M-LISADA and the children of the M-LISADA orphanage in Uganda — where she spent eight weeks this past summer volunteering on the ground. COO Tom Dooley presented the second award to Malik Simmonds, Director of Human Resources at Nickelodeon, for his incredible efforts on behalf of the Wall Street Alphas Charitable Foundation, a mentoring program that he started 10 years ago to guide African-American and Latino high school boys in their personal and professional development. He’s helped send over 50 young men to college through his mentorship – planning college tours and basketball tournaments, prepping for the SATs and picking out tuxes for the prom.

But it was truly tough to narrow down the more than 100 extraordinary submissions we received. We wanted to take a moment to recognize our finalists for the award, below, in no particular order – from Jeff King who takes his lunch break on Fridays to deliver food to the less fortunate to Sarah Ray who rallied people to raise nearly $200,000 in 10 weeks as part of a fundraising campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In reading about their great work, we hope you’re as inspired as we were. Read More

Marva Smalls on Record Turnout for ‘Worldwide Day of Play’

by Chanel Cathey, Viacom
Nick Cannon Lights The Empire State Building Orange In Honor Of Nickelodeon's 10th Annual Worldwide Day Of Play

SpongeBob, Nickelodeon Executive Vice President Public Affairs Marva Smalls, Nick Cannon, and Dora the Explorer turn the Empire State Building Orange for 10th Annual. (Photo: Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)

Nickelodeon’s 10th annual Worldwide Day of Play (WWDoP) was the largest to date with more than 50,000 kids and families from all 50 states and abroad uniting to get up, get out and play. WWDoP staged its flagship event in Brooklyn’s iconic Prospect Park. Stars like SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles joined over 35,000 kids and families to enjoy a day of activities and games, including football, tennis, dancing, double-dutch and a live concert with Big Time Rush and Ariana Grande headlining. Read More

Viacommunity Report, Annual Report Hot Off the Presses

by Andre Augustine, Viacom

Viacommunity ReportViacom’s Annual Report, so-dubbed the “Viacommunity Report,” is hot off the presses and just landed on the desks of employees around the world. For anyone unfamiliar, Viacommunity is the wordblend used to signify Viacom’s company-wide commitment to giving back and the umbrella for the company’s social efforts. The annual report is a summary of actions taken to improve the communities where we work and live, along with a closer look at the individuals who have been impacted.  The full report is available here, and the Sparknotes version below.

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CEO Philippe Dauman, Viacom Employees Ring NASDAQ Opening Bell

by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

This Friday, the majority of Viacom employees put on their out-of-office autoreplies, made their way to a community service project of choice, and rolled up their sleeves to do something good – as is tradition on Viacommunity Day, our company-wide day to give back. All around the world, droves of Viacom employees dispersed across hundreds of volunteer sites — another year of record numbers, as participation steadily grows.  This year, employees worked on everything from packing goody bags for Boston First Responders, to rebuilding sites still devastated from Hurricane Sandy, and conducting mock interviews for the unemployed in need of such training.

In honor of Viacom’s service on Viacommunity Day, Viacom President and Chief Executive Officer Philippe Dauman and a group of employees rang the NASDAQ opening bell Monday morning. Following the bell ringing, I sat down with Dauman to hear his take on the Company’s corporate conscience and why this day of service is so important. Here’s what he had to say. Read More

VDAY2013: Thousands of Viacom Employees Rally to Give Back on Viacommunity Day

by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

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Viacom’s year-long commitment to giving back culminates each year in Viacommunity Day, the Company’s annual day of volunteer service, during which we put on our out-of-office autoreplies, make our way to a volunteer project of our choice, and roll up our sleeves to do something good. Read More