Nickelodeon will honor extraordinary Germantown resident Stephanie Quintero for her work in supporting underprivileged and immigrant children in the US, in all-new episode of The HALO Effect, “Chicos and Kids.” Premiering Friday, Sept. 23, at 8:30 pm on Nickelodeon, the episode profiles 17-year-old Quintero, who created a mentorship program that provides tutoring services and helps children builds relationships with teen mentors in Gaithersburg.
Quintero, who is a 2016 graduate of St. Andrews Episcopal School in Potomac, founded “Chicos and Kids” in 2010 after visiting her grandparents in Colombia and learning that the local kids’ school was underfunded. Along with her brother, Quintero began teaching English classes to kids in Colombia every summer and she has also inspired another young girl to teach English in Guatemala. “Chicos and Kids” focuses on teaching underprivileged and immigrant children in Montgomery County, who are struggling in school and need help adjusting to American culture.
Since its inception, “Chicos and Kids” has held numerous learning workshops for children in Gaithersburg. The organization established a new mentorship program earlier this year with teens in the community serving as “big brothers and sisters” to kids. In recognition of her commitment to helping children in need, Nickelodeon’s The HALO Effect will award a $10,000 grant to Quintero’s organization.
In each episode of The HALO Effect, the profiled teen will issue a “HALO Effect Challenge,” a call-to-action encouraging inspired viewers to participate in their cause and join the HALO movement. As part of Quintero’s “HALO Effect Challenge,” she is encouraging everyone to post a picture of themselves with a sign thanking a teacher or mentor and/or to volunteer as a mentor using the hashtag #HALOEffectChallenge. For more information on Quintero and her challenge, viewers can visit www.nick.com/haloeffect.
In April 2014, Quintero was one of 50 teenagers from around the country selected to participate in the ANNpower Vital Voices Leadership Forum, a three-day leadership training and mentorship program in Washington, D.C. ANNpower is a nationwide campaign by Ann Taylor and LOFT to identify the next generation of female leaders.
Airing monthly, The HALO Effect highlights teens who “help and lead others” (HALO) in their community and inspire others to do the same. “Chicos and Kids” will encore Monday, Sept. 26, at 8:00 pm on Nicktoons and Saturday, Oct. 1, at 9:30 pm on TeenNick.
The HALO Effect launched in 2013 as a year-round initiative recognizing one deserving teen every month for their work to help and lead others in their community. The initiative was built upon Nickelodeon’s HALO Awards, an annual concert event honoring young community leaders with a grant for their organization and scholarship funds. To date, more than 50 teens across the country have been honored and have received more than $400,000 in grants to fund their non-profit organizations.
Top: Germantown resident Stephanie Quintero and Nickelodeon's HALO Effect host Sydney Park, from the show Instant Mom, as Park presents Quintero with a $10,000 a grant check for her organization “Chicos and Kids.”
Next: Stephanie Quintero and Nickelodeon's HALO Effect host Sydney Park, along with a number of kids from the "Chicos and Kids" program which is based in Gaithersburg.
Photos courtesy Nickelodeon.