It’s not every day that a local 13-year old boy is nationally recognized for his dedication and work in the community, but such is the case for Long Beach youth Jonas Corona!
This Sunday, November 27, Jonas will receive a Nickelodeon HALO Award 2016 awarding his work to start his own non-profit, Love in the Mirror, which provides disadvantaged youth and their families with basic necessities such as food, clothing and learning.
Jonas will appear at a viewing party for the Nickelodeon HALO Award 2016 on Nov. 27 from 6-9pm at Legends Sports Bar in Long Beach (5236 E. 2ndStreet, Long Beach, CA). To celebrate his award, Jonas is asking for people to bring a new, unwrapped toy valued at $5 or more which will be donated to Love in the Mirror. The award show will be simulcast on Sunday on all three networks: Nickelodeon, TeenNick and Nicktoons.
At the age of six, with the help of his mom, Jonas founded the nonprofit, inspired after he met a homeless child his own age. Since its founding, Love in the Mirror has helped over 45,000 homeless people through fundraising and collection drives for socks, hygiene items, and new toys for the holidays. When asked about why he started his nonprofit, Love in the Mirror, Jonas replied simply: “I just like helping and giving.”
Jonas is able to balance his commitment to his nonprofit, training in competitive tennis and the demands of schoolwork due to the flexibility of online school. An 8th grader, Jonas is in in his third year at California Virtual Academies, a tuition-free, online public charter school with award-winning curriculum.
Credit: Donna Savarese, Lead Corporate Communications and Public Relations for K12 Inc.