Hearts For Hearts Girls from Playmates Toys Inc. joins with AllyKatzz and Monique Coleman at the UN

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NEW YORK, NY (June 2011)—AllyKatzz.com—the premier media company for tween-teen girls—announces that Hearts For Hearts Girls, from Playmates Toys Inc., will join in the UN International Year of Youth Culmination Celebration on August 11th. This monumental event is hosted by actress and UN Youth Champion, Monique Coleman, and powered by AllyKatzz. The event allows girls a platform to speak out and be heard on important issues in the world.  

“It is with great excitement and pride that Hearts For Hearts Girls is partnering with AllyKatzz and Monique Coleman to make this event possible,” said Gina Beebe, Senior Vice President of Playmates Toys Inc. and co-creator of the Hearts For Hearts Girls dolls. “The mission, which focuses on the empowerment of young women working toward positive social change, aligns seamlessly with the efforts of Hearts For Hearts Girls.”  

Hearts For Hearts Girls is a charitable doll line, which features six different dolls each representing a girl who is working to make a difference in her community and culture. Hearts For Hearts Girls seeks to demonstrate to youngsters that they can make a difference at any age. A portion of proceeds of the purchase of Hearts For Hearts Girls dolls is donated to their charitable partner, World Vision, a nonprofit that helps children from that doll’s country or region. To further educate girls about the underdeveloped areas of the world and the power of girls, the Hearts For Hearts Girls website, www.hearts4heartsgirls.com, features learning activities and games as well as intriguing stories of other girls making a difference in the world.

Upon the conclusion of her UN International Year of Youth world tour in August 2011, Monique Coleman, the first-ever UN Year of The Youth Champion, will host this International Year of Youth Culmination Celebration at UN Headquarters in NYC.  The UN International Year of Youth Culmination Celebration will begin at the UN with a morning summit session featuring 192 female delegates ages 11-24, reflecting the number of members of the General Assembly at the UN. These delegates will be selected from various organizations that support girls and young women, among them a group Monique encountered during her world tour. Attendees will include young women who have played leadership roles in their communities and who are committed to the ideals of the UN and the empowerment of young people working toward positive social change. The morning schedule features keynote speakers and members of the press who will listen to and discuss issues that are important to girls and young women.

The afternoon program, The International Year of Youth Changemakers Sessions, hosted by Monique Coleman and powered by AllyKatzz—will continue at Alliance Francaise and engage girls in hands-on leadership activities and breakout sessions. Here the girls will engage with Hearts For Hearts Girls and World Vision by assembling "Promise Packs" for needy children, including a personal note from the girls. The session will be featured on Comcast Kabillion GirlsRule! TV on Demand, and air the positive activities and sessions as the girls partake in them. 

To learn more about the International Year of Youth Culmination Celebration, the International Year of Youth Changemakers Session and to apply to be a Delegate, log onto www.allykatzz.com and click on “Summits.” There you can find what you need to apply to be one of the 192 very special delegates. All delegates will get to attend the event for free.  

In providing young girls with this communication platform, the Culmination Celebration will support the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, specifically in their pledge to promote gender equality and empower women worldwide.  “Hearts For Hearts Girls is the perfect partner in reaching our goals to empower our youth,” said AllyKatzz Founder and CEO, Denise Restauri. “They, too, are about educating and encouraging girls to speak out about social issues and make a difference.”


About AllyKatzz

AllyKatzz is a media company that provides online and offline platforms for girls and young women to speak out, be heard and change the world.   AllyKatzz.com is the premier online platform for girls and young women to share information about what is going on in their worlds through social networking and news. The site, which is open to all teen and tween girls, also features a dedicated team of young female reporters who blog about today’s news. Most importantly, AllyKatzz.com is a 100% monitored network that gives girls a safe place to speak and be heard; AllyKatzz hires college students and adults to read every word and review every photo before they are posted on the site.

AllyKatzz.com is a cool, fun, and diverse community where girls go to tackle real issues, connect with others, be creative, problem solve, be heard, express and share their opinions, ideas, concerns, hopes and dreams. Additionally, AllyKatzz hosts an annual summit celebration that brings the platform offline, where girls and young women join together to interact with the press, politicians and various organizations, enabling them to speak up and be heard by the world. AllyKatzz Founder and CEO Denise Restauri is often featured on CBS The Early Show, The Today Show, BBC America, ABC, NPR, E!Online, in USA TODAY, People magazine and more as an expert on teen and tween issues. For more information, visit www.AllyKatzz.com

About Playmates Toys

With a history of over 40 years, Playmates Toys is today among the most well respected and innovative marketing and distribution companies in the global toy industry with a proven history in the creation of innovative and imaginative products as well as the development and management of profitable, long-term brand franchises. Key brands include TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, HEARTS FOR HEARTS GIRLS, WATERBABIES and FAMILY GUY.  From its offices in Hong Kong and California, Playmates designs, develops, markets and distributes its products in over 60 countries worldwide.

About World Vision

World Vision is a humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.  We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. For more information, visit www.worldvision.org.