GREENWOOD, Del.- The Inspiring Project started as an Instagram post, turned into a wall containing 800 index cards and now is receiving awards from The Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services in Delaware.
Chase Marvil, an upperclassman at Woodbridge High, started "The Inspiring Project" to do just that, inspire as many people as possible including peers, adults and family members.
This project started from what many people considered "inspiring Instagram posts" in December 2013. Marvil said many peers reached out to him after this post asking for advice, looking for someone to chat with or even just to thank him for sharing some kind words.
On Wednesday afternoon, Marvil and a few of his peers who have helped him with the inspiring project, received an anti-bullying award from Pamela Louie, on behalf of the Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services, as well as a big green mascot named Jurdy who is apart of SHOUT b cause, LLC.
Louie says through the organization they focus on things like substance abuse prevention, bullying prevention and suicide prevention.
"We know that youth listen to youth and I think it is very powerful," Louie said.
Marvil said he spreads his positivity and helpfulness over social media with the help of Twitter and Instagram.
This project has caused peers to tweet inspiring messages with the hashtag #theinspiringproject as well as the creation of a wall in the school showcasing more than 800 inspiring quotes.
Marvil's main goal is to reach out to people and add some positivity into their lives.
"I want to help teens and even adults feel like they have more opportunities in life," Marvil said.
Marvil plans to continue this project throughout high school and after he graduates. This project is something that Marvil, as well as the administration, hopes will continue each year.
The Inspiring Project has also touched lives outside of Delaware, according to Marvil, who said he has been contacted by people from California and even Canada.
“I have heard from people I never would have expected to hear from,” he said.
As well as inspiring tweets and index cards, Marvil began selling bracelets for $5 each.
"I've been selling those to people from across the nation, they've been buying them, and I've made my donation of $100 to the foundation of a Better Tomorrow, and I'm hoping I can get more money from these bands to donate more money from him," Marvil said.
For more information on The Inspiring Project or how you can help this cause, visit www.facebook.com/theinspiringproject.