The Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes program is once again excepting nominations! For the eighth year in a row, Build-A-Bear Workshop is searching for young leaders, ages eight to 18, who provide extraordinary service in their communities and around the world. If you know a child who deserves the honorable mention and would like to put him/her in the running for a $7,500 scholarship toward his or her college education, a $2,500 donation from the Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation for a 501(c)(3) charity or Canadian cause of his or her choice, and a fantastic fun filled trip for themselves and a guardian to St. Louis, Build-A-Bear Workshop World Bearquarters, visit http://www.lovehugssmiles.com/HuggableHeroes.aspx and fill out all the necessary information. Additionally, you can also pick up an entry form at participating Build-A-Bear Workshop stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 28, 2011.
The entries will be narrowed down to 75 semi-finalists in March and to 25 finalists by the end of April. Ultimately 10 new Huggable Heroes (eight from the United States and Puerto Rico and two from Canada) will be selected to join the ranks of more than 100 other amazing youths from the previous seven years and will win the prizes listed above. How cool is that?
Here is more information about the program and last years Huggable Heroes …
“Our Huggable Heroes program was born of the desire to encourage and reward young people to give back to their communities,” said Maxine Clark, Build-A-Bear Workshop Founder and Chief Executive Bear. “While the monetary prize provides an incentive, it also represents an investment in both the causes these kids support and their education so they can continue to cultivate their leadership skills and achieve even bigger goals.”
Throughout the years, Build-A-Bear Workshop has heard thousands of amazing stories of young people who do things both big and small to help improve other peoples’ lives. Some of last year’s Huggable Heroes included inspiring young leaders like:
Charles R. from Castleton, New York, who started Literacy Education for All People, a multi-year initiative to help reduce illiteracy and increase literacy education and awareness on local and global levels. Through his initiative, he has distributed more than $6 million worth of educational supplies, both in the United States and abroad.
Alaina P. from Lake Country, British Columbia, who founded Little Women for Little Women in Afghanistan, an organization that raises funds to educate girls in Afghanistan. To date, she has helped raise more than $137,000 through silent auctions, bottle drives and other events.
And Melissa M. from Mililani, Hawaii, United States, who is president of Kids Helping Kids with Diabetes, an organization that educates, raises funds for research and provides support services to people with Type I diabetes. Melissa has collected more than $121,000 in funds and grants which she has donated to the Hawaii Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.