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New Orleans Teen Princeton Carter Honored with Nickelodeon HALO Award - Friday, March 4, 2016
New Orleans Teen Princeton Carter honored with Nickelodeon HALO Award March 3, 2016
Princeton Carter, founder of My Brother’s Keeper NOLA, received a $10,000 check for his education as a Nickelodeon HALO Award winner.

New Orleans High School senior, Princeton J. Carter, founder of My Brother’s Keeper NOLA—an organization that Carter, a Newman High School student, inspires us all. On February 23, 2016, Carter was announced as a Nickelodeon HALO (Helping and Leading Others) Award honoree in New Orleans. Carter was surprised by actress, activist and comedian, Sydney Park, the host and executive producer of the HALO Awards, with a check for $10,000 for his college education.
The Nickelodeon HALO Awards is an hour-long concert special celebrating extraordinary youth who are involved in their communities. Led by Cannon, the star-studded musical event will premiere in November across all Nickelodeon networks (Nickelodeon, TeenNick, Nicktoons and Nick Jr.) and will stream live for the first time ever on and the Nick App. The concert will also feature Nick stars, celebrity presenters, interactive elements and special surprises. "The HALO Awards embodies the altruistic spirit of the holidays with its positive message and I can’t wait to celebrate the terrific work of these young heroes.”

Currently in its seventh year, Nickelodeon HALO Awards is an annual awards show that recognizes real-life kids that are doing extraordinary things in their communities and "Helping and Leading Others.” In addition to being awarded a grant for their organization and scholarship funds, each HALO Award honoree is given an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and connect with celebrities that share their same passion for service.

A chance meeting with a homeless veteran just before the 2010 holidays set Princeton Carter’s course. Moved by this veteran’s plight, Carter led a collection drive for gift cards at his school for homeless and other veterans in need. Carter called the non-profit he created My Brother's Keeper Newman. Then, he and his family chose to partner with Volunteers of America over the next two years. Overall, they have presented more than $17,000 in gift cards to our Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, which in turn supply them to veterans in need. "I’ve learned I can’t fix the world’s problems alone, but together we can make it a little bit better,” he explains. "I’ve realized that I can step up, do my part and inspire others to work together to help solve the many challenges we are facing in our communities.” Carter has done even more. In 2014, he established Volunteers of America’s Youth Leadership Council with the help of our President/CEO Jim LeBlanc. Through the Council, teens work with adults and peers to increase community understanding and volunteer to help low-income seniors.

He is also focused on furthering the work of My Brother’s Keeper NOLA, in order to make the world a better place, one meal at a time. See
Carter will be part of the HALO event airing on Nickelodeon in November, which will feature additional music performances by national music stars.
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