When Valerie Weisler was a freshman in high school, she was bullied to the point of almost giving up.
"I was really shy -- that was my problem," she says. "The kids called me mute, they would say that I couldn't talk, they would call me names. I just thought ... why should I speak up if all these kids are just waiting for me to fail, to fall on my face?"
But, realizing that other shy kids had it worse lacking family support, Valerie did not fall on her face -- she found her voice and started speaking up against bullying. Now, at the age of 17, Valerie is the CEO of a company called The Validation Project.
In this video interview with Entrepreneur Network partner Jessica Abo, she describes how her organization is changing lives around the world by uniting teens to use their unique talents to bring out the best in their peers -- not tear them down.
To date, the company has raised $40,000 worth of items for people in need and raised awareness not only of bullying but of domestic violence and homelessness.