(PIX11) — Fifteen-year-old Bellerose, Queens native Maryam Farooq became the youngest person to be honored President Barack Obama with the 5,000th “Point of Light” award, honoring those making a difference in their community through service and volunteerism.
Maryam was never bullied at school, but she saw classmates endure teasing and insults. She lamented the crushing effect bullying had on her friends. So Maryam she decided to act.
In 2011, as an eighth-grader, she founded a school chapter of No Place for Hate, a program sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League that aims to fight bullying and create safer learning environments by promoting unity and respect.
This year, when Maryam entered high school , she founded a chapter at her new school. She successfully secured a grant from AOL to train 20 students as peer trainers.
She has also traveled to several other schools to speak about the dangers of bullying and host anti-bias workshops.