"I was bullied in middle school. I also observed others being bullied. Everyone I've talked to said they had been bullied at one point or another," Illinois teen Kelsey Nulph recalls.
As part of her student council duties, Kelsey created a survey that ultimately concluded that 19 percent of high school teens thought bullying was a problem in their school district. After realizing how much of a serious problem bullying had become, this 17-year-old created an organization during her junior year called "Stand Up. Stand Out."
Most bullying was occurring at the middle school level, so Kelsey's program placed high school students with middle school students who teachers identified as having a difficult time socially.
"It was a tremendous success," Kelsey raves. "They loved having high school mentors. They felt better about themselves."
Kelsey -- who received many scholarships honoring her efforts -- graduated in 2010, but other students will continue "Stand Up. Stand Out" to prevent bullying.