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The Huggable Heroes program recognizes young leaders between the ages of eight and 18 years old, doing extraordinary things in their communities or around the world to better the lives of others.  Now through February 28, entries are being accepted for the 2013 search for Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes. Ten Huggable Heroes will each receive $10,000 which includes an educational scholarship, a donation to a charity of their choice, and a mentoring scholarship to support their charitable entrepreneurships. In celebration of the 10th birthday of its Huggable Heroes program, Build-A-Bear Workshop is joining forces with the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, one of the nation’s top community service recognition programs. Each Huggable Hero will be paired with a mentor through the Jefferson Awards GLOBECHANGERS system for a year in order to develop valuable skills for writing business plans, networking and fundraising. The training and on-going support the Huggable Heroes receive from their mentors will enable these future leaders to grow personally and scale their efforts globally.

Entry forms are available at all Build-A-Bear Workshop stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, and online at www.buildabear.com/huggableheroes.

Anyone, ages eight and up, can nominate a candidate for this award and/or the candidates can even nominate themselves.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  We really appreciate you helping to spread the news about the Huggable Heroes program so youths in your Council have the opportunity to be recognized for their wonderful work.

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