New ground was broken on Friday, October 12, 2018, as New York student leader Gigi, at 7 years old, became the youngest person in history to ring the Nasdaq Stock Market Closing Bell.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and an incredibly busy time of the year for Be Strong, a national non-profit focused on preventing the lasting, negative effects of bullying.

Only days before their national event, Be Strong LIVE Tour at Carnegie Hall, Be Strong was invited to close out trading for the week at the Nasdaq MarketSite Studio in Times Square.

“I am honored to represent the board, student leaders, donors and partners of Be Strong. Today, we are thrilled to visit the Nasdaq as fans, supporters and champions of Be Strong’s mission and its important work in the prevention of bullying and teaching lifesaving skills to our youth! This helps build a more inclusive, safe and thriving America for the future. I personally fell in love with Be Strong due to its student-led approach, which is active in all 50 states and reaches over 3.6 million students with a message of hope and resiliency. We are thrilled to be able to help raise awareness for Bullying Prevention Month, and thank the Nasdaq for lending a voice to the voiceless and elevating this important work,” said Michael Levine, Be Strong supporting partner, who accompanied Gigi for the closing bell ceremony.

Gigi & Michael at Nasdaq podium

Gigi, New York student leader and Michael Levine, Be Strong supporting partner at the Nasdaq podium.

The closing bell ceremony was aired by CNN International, Bloomberg, CNBC, FBN, After the Bell, and Fox News. Making her national television debut, Gigi proclaimed, “I am here on behalf of all of the students in America. Let’s Be Strong. Ring that bell!”

The Be Strong LIVE Tour hosted 2,400 students from 28 local schools at Carnegie Hall, with more than 530,000 students from roughly 700 schools across the country watching online. Click here to view the event replay.

Be Strong thanks Nasdaq for giving a voice to the voiceless and elevating this top five safety, health and social issue.

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