Valerie Weisler was a shy high school freshman when she came across a student being bullied and said two words that changed both of their lives: “You matter.” The student’s response that her words “validated” him, planted the seeds for The Validation Project. Having experienced bullying herself, Valerie launched the project to help other teens gain confidence, believe in themselves more deeply, and develop the skills to address social justice issues. Teens identify their skills and passion, partner with mentors in their field of interest, and then design campaigns making a positive impact in their community. Valerie has been recognized with the National Jefferson Award for Peace and Justice and the Princess Diana Award from former Prime Minister, David Cameron. She also serves as a Human Rights Campaign Ambassador. Valerie’s self- designed entrepreneurial curriculum has replaced government-led anti-bullying courses in nearly 1,000 schools across the globe. Leading The Validation Project kindled Valerie’s interests in education. Valerie holds a Bachelor’s in Education Advocacy from Muhlenberg College, and she is currently completing a Master’s in Children’s Rights at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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