Our goal is to let kids know they’re not alone, and give them the confidence to be different,” said Justin Bachman, a freshman at Syracuse University in New York.
Bachman, the founder of Different Like You, formerly Honor Good Deeds, has worked with students to empower them to be different. Bachman has spent his life “different” from others battling Tourette’s syndrome and ADHD, but has embraced his battle and challenges students to do the same.
Honor Good Deeds was started by Justin and his family in 2010-11 and has increased its reach over time. Bachman has touched 70,000 students in 150 schools in 14 states during his first few years of public speaking.
A big portion of Different Like You includes a tolerance fair that is an annual event in providing people with the tools to gain self-confidence and “live loud,” as Bachman’s key slogan.
Bachman has spent the past year revamping and rebranding what was formerly Honor Good Deeds. He has continued to speak at and attend events and schools while attempting to better the company in the long run.
The new design is set to officially launch this month.
“We’re in the process of adding an online resource center in order to be more effective in getting our message across to students,” Bachman said.
Since Bachman has been at Syracuse University, he has worked with Different Like You to focus on the continuation of empowering students while he furthers his education.
At a Glance
College: Freshman, Syracuse University
In the community: Different Like You (formerly Honor Good Deeds), Syracuse University Hillel
Noteworthy: As a junior in high school, Justin won the top prize of a four-year scholarship totaling $40,000 in the Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out! contest, sponsored by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.