Nickelodeon will honor extraordinary teen Stephanie Quintero for her exemplary work in supporting underprivileged and immigrant children in the U.S. in the latest episode of The HALO Effect.
The episode titled “Chicos and Kids” profiles 17-year-old Quintero, who created a mentorship program that provides tutoring services and helps children builds relationships with teen mentors in her hometown of Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Quintero 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 Maryland, 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, Maryland. 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.
Make sure to catch Stephanie Quintero‘s episode tonight, September 23rd @ 8:30PM ET/PT on Nickelodeon.