More than 600 students from New York City, New Jersey, Long Island and Westchester were recognized at an Anti-Defamation League ceremony Tuesday for combating bullying in public schools.
The "No Place for Hate ceremony" was held at NYU's Skirball Center for Performing Arts and recognized students who have started LGBT groups and other initiatives.
Other students were honored for starting social media campaigns, including Instagram accounts, to further the discussion of diversity.
Griffin Cubero credits the campaign with helping her fit as transgender at Queens High School for Sciences
"Without No Place for Hate I don't think that community would have existed for me and I don't know if I would have had the courage to come out," she said. "I don't know if I would have had the courage to transition. I just really don't think I would be here today."
Many campaigns involve social media.
"When it's student-led, it seems to have a ripple effect," said Artis Jordan, a teacher at Freehold Township High School in New Jersey.