Meet Teen ‘Trep: Valerie Weisler
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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.” His 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 and develop the skills to address social justice issues. The Validation Project also incorporates an entrepreneurial curriculum, that has replaced government-led anti-bullying courses in nearly 1,000 schools across the globe. To date, The Validation Project has grown from a handful of New York schools into a global organization with chapters in 105 countries. So far, 6,000 teens have gone through the program, 38,500 teens have joined chapters, 3,000 adults have served as mentors, and $40,000 in goods and services have been donated in support of the project. Valerie has received attention from the White House, the UN, the State Department, President Obama, Julia Roberts, Justin Timberlake, Prince William and more.
What advice would you give to aspiring teen entrepreneurs?
Listen to the people who tell you “No,” and “You can’t do that,” and use that as your fuel to prove the world wrong.
What would you say is the best part of being a young entrepreneur?
Being able to take the impossible and turn it into a solution for a problem. Being able to have an idea and be like, “Hey! Let’s make this happen!”