I am a sophomore at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. I am also the founder and CEO of The Validation Project
, an international organization working with 6,000+ teenagers in 105 countries to solve social justice issues. We focus on two-part validation: first, teaching my generation that they have worth and then, teaching them how to use that worth to shake up our world. Teenagers come to us with their skills and issues they're passionate about, and we partner them with a mentor in that field and a social justice assignment. For example, if a girl loved graphic design and was passionate about mental health awareness, maybe we'd partner her with someone at bloom! She'd work with that person to learn how to make her passion into a career. Then, we'd connect her with a mental health awareness organization nearby. She would work to help them revamp their logo and website to make it more accessible. We also have 'kindness curriculum' that replaces government anti-bullying curriculum in 1000 schools. Our curriculum teaches educators how to work with their students to solve problems in their community, going beyond tolerance to diminish cliques and really help everyone take action.