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April 22, 2009 > Local youths selected as semi-finalists

Local youths selected as semi-finalists

Submitted By Wendy Bain

Amalia Barrett, 9 and Sejal Hathi, 17 of Fremont have been named semi-finalists in the 2009 search for Huggable Heroes(r). Barrett and Hathi are two of 208 young leaders recognized, honored and cele-bear-ated by Build-A-Bear Workshop(r) for helping make the world a better place.

Amalia collects glass, plastic bottles and aluminum cans. She donates the money she receives from her recycling efforts to Global Giving for a project in Haiti that provides cisterns and trees to a Haitian community. To date, Amalia has raised $1,150.

Sejal found Girls Helping Girls, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to helping girls discover self-confidence and achieve their full potential. She has mobilized more than 5,000 girls globally in 16 countries and 12 cities in the United States. Girls Helping Girls teaches girls how to create effective social change whether it's teaching them how to create their own initiatives and non-profits or launching microfinance programs in third-world economies. Sejal has raised $30,000 and used it to buy school supplies for girls overseas, launch a school lunch program, furnish classrooms and even build a library in Kolkata.

Ultimately 12 youths will be named 2009 Huggable Heroes and honored at ceremonies to be held in St. Louis, Missouri, in July at the Build-A-Bear Workshop World Bearquarters. Each Huggable Hero will also receive $10,000 USD ($7,500 USD in the form of an educational scholarship and $2,500 USD from the Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation to be donated to the 501(c)(3) charity of the hero's choice).

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