Sunday, November 27, 2016

2016 HALO Awards Honoree Spotlight: Chris Suggs, Kinston Teens, Inc.

16-year old Kinston, North Carolina resident Chris Suggs is one of the four inspirational recipient's of the 2016 Nickelodeon HALO Awards for his hard work in the community with his non-profit organization, Kinston Teens, Inc.!

In response to the rising crime rate and education problems in his hometown, Chris created Kinston Teens, Inc. to help provide local youth with civic and community service opportunities. Over 1300 kids have participated in Kinston Teens projects to date, which include street cleanups, voter registration drives, mentoring programs and a youth leadership summit.

“It was a great experience to be recognized for all the work Kinston Teens is doing,” he said.

The Nickelodeon HALO Awards is an hour-long concert special that honors four young people that are changing the world by "Helping and Leading Others" which is what the HALO Awards are all about.

"It was an amazing experience to see the other honorees, performers and Nickelodeon actors," Suggs said.

HALO Awards host, creator and executive producer Nick Cannon said in a statement, "The 2016 Nickelodeon HALO Awards honorees are truly outstanding role models for this young generation and I can't wait to celebrate them at this one-of-a-kind concert event," said Cannon. "The passion and commitment of these four teens have enabled them to bring about social change, helping thousands of kids around the world and inspiring countless others. That’s what HALO is all about."

Suggs traveled to New York City with his parents and seven members of Kinston Teens to receive the award at Pier 36.

"For our work to get recognized for the great things we are doing in the community, on a national level is amazing and it shows that others recognize the work we are doing," Suggs said.

In addition to attending the show, the youth organization met with various youth activists in New York City, visited significant landmarks and attractions, and participated in retreat-style group leadership training's and discussions.

Suggs said the organization is making plans to host a viewing party for the show in Kinston on Nov. 27. Details will be shared at a later time.

Watch Chris receive his honor at the must-see concert event of the season, the 2016 HALO Awards, hosted by Nick Cannon and featuring special appearances by top music artists Jason Derulo, Hailee Steinfeld, Zedd, Alessia Cara, Daya, Jake Miller, Jacob Whitesides, Dance Moms star JoJo Siwa, and stars from the Nickelodeon hit shows The Thundermans and School of Rock, premiering Sunday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT), across Nickelodeon USA, TeenNick and Nicktoons! For more information about the 2016 Nickelodeon HALO Awards and Kinston Teens, Inc., visit and Congratulations on your award, Chris!!

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