Jonas Corona (left) receiving Halo Award from host, Nick Cannon (right).
Jonas Corona is an inspirational California Virtual Academy (CAVA) student who has been giving back to his community since he was 4-years-old. This past weekend, he was one of four recipients of the 2016 Nickelodeon HALO Award.
At just 13-year-old, Jonas’ passion for helping others has grown into his own non-profit organization, Love in the Mirror (LITM) that helps disadvantaged children and their families in his community.
After meeting a homeless child his own age on Los Angeles’ Skid Row at the age of six, Jonas has dedicated as much time as he can to help out homeless youth. Since Jonas starting LITM, over 45,000 homeless people in Old Long Beach, California have been impacted by his fundraising and donations.
“Everyone should look in the mirror and love what they see. That’s the meaning behind the organization’s name.” Jonas said.
Jonas wouldn’t be able to dedicate as much time as he has to raising money and helping others without CAVA. His day-to-day activities often include attending meetings with homeless associations and various shelters.
“Online school allows Jonas the flexibility to go out and speak to students at schools and just have different hours to go to meetings,” Jonas’ mother, Renee Corona said. “If he had to go to a traditional school, it probably wouldn’t work.”
“I like because it gives me the opportunity to do things I wouldn’t be able to do if I was in traditional school,” Jonas said. “I am able to go to schools and speak and have events in classes. I am able to go to businesses while they are open and asking if they could donate or host boxes for drives. It opens up more doors to get more help for my organization.”
Jonas Corona pictured with the other three recipients of the 2016 Halo Award and Nick Cannon.
The nomination for the 2016 Nickelodeon Halo Award came as a surprise. Nickelodeon flew Jonas and his entire family to New York City for the live taping of the awards. “We stayed there for about eight days. About five of those days I was working on rehearsal, then the actual award show,” Jonas said.
“It was crazy!” Jonas said. “There were thousands of kids! A bunch of people, like celebrities and singers. It was just really cool.”
The Corona family had a watch party last night during the airing of the award show where family and friends gathered to celebrate Jonas. Congratulations on doing your part to change the world from your K12 family, Jonas!