International Diana Award
At 14 years old, Valerie was bullied for being shy every day of her freshman year. She was called mute, told not to speak and to go kill herself. She began to reach out to the other victims of bullying and they became friends. She couldn’t stand knowing that there are teenagers all across the globe giving up on themselves because nobody was telling them that they matter. She sat at her kitchen table for 6 hours and designed The Validation Project (TVP). 2 years later, TVP is a movement spanning 100 countries, with 5500 teenagers and 2000 adults turning passions into positive action through community service, mentoring and media campaigns. TVP has raised $26000 of goods and services for people in need and Valerie’s proactive kindness curriculum is taught in 907 schools. Valerie currently is an ambassador to the UN, serves on the Harvard Advisory Board and is currently working with the State Department and White House to launch the first-ever global virtual conference for youth to speak with their government officials about the issues they face.