Local 18 year-old Jasmine Babers is one of ten winners selected to win a USA Characters Unite Award. This is a regional award that is given to community members who do things to better their community such as promote greater tolerance, respect, and acceptance. Out of hundreds of nominees, only ten were chosen and among those ten, Jasmine was selected.
In 2012, Jasmine started her own magazine called “Love, Girls”. Jasmine originally started the magazine to help girls gain confidence, chase their dreams, and becoming stronger women. When it first started, the magazine was only available in the Quad Cities area. But over the last two years, the distribution for the magazine has expanded to Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Washington D.C.
Jasmine is very grateful for winning this award. “I’m always grateful when I win an award like this,” she said. “It really shows how much the magazine has grown to get this much national attention. I’m really proud.”
This is not Jasmine’s first award. She has won other awards like the Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes Award, Illinois Youth Volunteer of the Year Award, and many more. But Jasmine doesn’t see any one award to be better than another. “All my awards are on different levels than each other,” said Jasmine. “They are all equally important to me. “
Jasmine is currently attending Western Illinois University, but is still running her magazine. With her magazine getting bigger every issue, the awards can also only get bigger for Jasmine.
(Written by guest contributor Tairik O’Leary.)