Are Your Young Volunteers Huggable? They Deserve an Award.

Guest post from the folks at Build-A-Bear Workshop

Are there Huggable Heroes in your community?Build-A-Bear Workshop® is searching for the next class of extraordinary youths to be named 2013 Huggable Heroes®. Is there an amazing young person in your community of volunteers? Nominate him or her today!

For the past 10 years, the Huggable Heroes program has recognized young leaders, ages eight to 18, for their outstanding community service efforts and leadership with a $10,000 grand prize which includes an educational scholarship, a donation to a charity of their choice, and a mentoring scholarship to support their charitable entrepreneurships.

The 2013 Huggable Heroes nominations are open through February 28. The deadline is quickly approaching, so nominate a youth from your volunteers that’s making a positive impact on your organization and in your community!

Huggable Heroes are kids who are speaking up for those who are less fortunate. They are making a difference at home and around the world. Collectively, Huggable Heroes have recruited thousands of volunteers, collected more than 316 million items to donate and raised approximately $9.4 million.

Jourdan Urbach

Jourdan Urbach is a 2010 Huggable Hero. Jourdan knew at a young age that he was a talented violinist and it was never a question if he would use his talents to help others, but simply a matter of how he would do it. At the age of seven, he founded Children Helping Children – an international musical charity organization that supports pediatric divisions of hospitals and other medical organizations through in-hospital concerts. To date, this organization has raised more than $4 million and has brought the healing element of music to thousands.

Jourdan has gone on to become an internationally recognized musician and continues to help others as the National Director of the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, a prestigious national recognition organization honoring public service.

A Special Anniversary

In celebration of the 10th birthday of the Huggable Heroes program, Build-A-Bear Workshop has teamed up with Jourdan and the Jefferson Awards to offer the 2013 Huggable Heroes unique mentorship opportunities through their GLOBECHANGERS training system. Ten Huggable Heroes will be paired with a mentor through the Jefferson Awards GLOBECHANGERS system for a year in order to develop valuable skills for writing business plans, networking and fundraising. The training and on-going support the Huggable Heroes receive from their mentors will enable these future leaders to grow personally and scale their efforts globally.

Do you work with young volunteers? Is there a young person you know who’s making a positive impact in the community? Nominate them as a Huggable Hero by visiting the website or picking up an entry form at participating Build-A-Bear Workshop stores.

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