NORTH MANKATO 11 YEAR-OLD TO RECEIVE NATIONAL AWARD

  • Justice will honor local Heart & Sole participant, Chloe Aanenson

Mankato Times

MANKATO, MINN. – Chloe Aanenson of North Mankato will be recognized nationally by Justice, the #1 destination for all things tween girls, during its first ever Live Justice Awards on March 27, 2018. The ceremony is a one-night event celebrating the unstoppable power of girls.

The awards will honor six remarkable girls who were nominated for making a difference, inspiring others and boldly pursuing their dreams. The Live Justice Awards are part of a campaign to bring awareness to their philanthropic partner, Girls on the Run, and are awarded to girls who embody the Live Justice and Girls on the Run values.

Aanenson has volunteered and fundraised for local non-profits and events, including Girls on the Run of Greater Mankato, YWCA Mankato, Miracle League, Fallenstein Playground, Stuff-A-Truck and the Greater Mankato Area United Way. Chloe will be receiving the award in the category of ‘Live Together,’ awarded to a girl whose mission it is to make sure nobody is left behind, which directly ties to her volunteerism for the Fallenstein Playground Board of Directors as a junior representative and fundraising champion.

A former teacher of Chloe’s stated, “Chloe is the epitome of a well-rounded person. She excels in her academics and extra involvement around the community. I have never worked with a person who demonstrates the passion to help others like Chloe. Her positive mindset provides great inspiration for others to follow.”

The ‘Live Justice Values’ are: Live Active, Live Connected, Live Together, Live Smart, Live Positive and Live Creative. The values directly correlate to Girls on the Run’s dedication to provide physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) programs which inspire girls to be healthy, joyful and confident.

Girls on the Run of Greater Mankato nominated Aanenson who participated in Girls on the Run (GOTR) in 3rd-5th grades, and now participates as a 6th grader in Girls on the Run’s middle school program, Heart & Sole. Aanenson came home from GOTR after a lesson about personal development and decided on a personal mission statement by which she has chosen to live her life: an ordinary girl, doing extraordinary things.

“Chloe has been a natural leader and role model for her teammates. She embraces the Girls on the Run core values and is very deserving of this award. We are all so proud of her,” said Amy Jordan, Director of Programs at YWCA Mankato.

The Live Justice Awards will take place on Tuesday, March 27 in Los Angeles and will stream live at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on the Justice YouTube channel. The event will be hosted by Madison Hu and Michael Campion and feature a full lineup of popular performers, including Sophia Grace, Angelic and Noah Schnacky. There will also be special appearances by Mackenzie Ziegler, The Gem Sisters and many more. However, the real stars of the night will be an amazing group of six stand-out girls who embody the Live Justice and Girls on the Run values and are truly changing the world.

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About YWCA Mankato

Nationally, YWCA USA is the oldest and largest national organization serving women and their families. YWCA Mankato strives to be a collaborative leader and catalyst for social change focused on gender and race. Through programming and events, YWCA Mankato provides leadership development for women and girls, tools for self-sufficiency for New American families and promotes racial equity. YWCA Mankato carries out its mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. 

About Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is a national physical activity-based positive youth development program for 3rd-8th grade girls. Participants develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care, create positive connections with peers and adults and make a meaningful contribution to community and society. Each session is led by trained volunteer coaches that guide and mentor the girls. The ten-week program concludes with all participants completing a celebratory 5k event which gives them a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. 

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