"From her own experience of being bullied, she has gone on to help other teenagers. She’s my age—and it’s just inspiring that she found something she’s so invested in. She pushed me to reevaluate myself, in what I can give back. That’s empowering."
Elle Fanning, GLAMOUR
SOME OF THE cool PLACES VALERIE HAS BEEN INVITED TO SPEAK at, PARTNER WITH AND MORE.
TURn YOUR PASSION INTO ACTION
Currently, you can find Valerie diving deep into a child's right to information as a Children's Rights PhD Candidate under Queen's University's Centre for Children's Rights. Valerie is based in Brooklyn, New York, where she is collaborating with Brooklyn Children's Museum to conduct the first formal research on what "child-friendly" means to children themselves.
Valerie is the founder and CEO of The Validation Project, an international organization that works with young people around the world to turn passion into positive action through mentoring and social justice programming. Her self-designed kindness curriculum is taught in approximately 1,000 schools. Valerie was is a L'Oreal Paris Woman of Worth and her work has been featured in CNN, Oprah Magazine, Upworthy, and more. She has also served on the Harvard Graduate School of Education's advisory board and is a recipient of the National Jefferson Award for Peace and Justice.
HOW YOU CAN WORK WITH VALERIE
Workshops about children's rights, youth empowerment, educator support, self-worth, turning passions into activism
Social media strategy and creation
Consulting for youth engagement and non-profit management
Digital training for a variety of online social justice tools
Val's enthusiasm, inclusivity and receptiveness made her an incredible partner to work with in the preparation process which translated into highly rated and sought after workshops. Her presence was so profound, her involvement at these conferences has grown over the years with the most recent being featured as a panel speaker for the entire conference in Berlin.
- Sarah Carey, formerly @ EF Education First