Nightly News | October 20, 2013
>>> finally, our making a difference report is about a remarkable young man who tushld adversity into a force for good. he was bullied but found instead of suffering silently, he could do something positive to help others. kristin dahlgren on how he is making a difference.
>> reporter: looking at jacob today, you would never know just a year ago, the high school junior wanted to everybond his life.
>> a day in and out battle. i was bullied because i was fat and then because i was gay.
>> reporter: he hid the bullying from his family but his mom knew something wasn't right.
>> he became more angry. he was more withdrawn. he would not really talk to me that much.
>> reporter: until one particularly bad day at school.
>> that's when he broke down. he said mom, i'll getting picked on at school. it was so severe that he wanted to take his life.
>> reporter: she took her concerns to the school board . when the bullying didn't stop, she and jacob took mat enters into their own hands themselves started tipton against kids being bullied. a group offering advice and resources to kids.
>> there is a support system. they can meet other kids to establish friendships.
>> reporter: soon jacob and his mom started hearing from people outside their small town.
>> all these people are having their own fights along with me having my own fight. that is when i i said, we can do this.
>> since we have started this, the school system incorporated an anti-bullying program.
>> reporter: last week he was given an award from the matthew sheppard foundation.
>>> this award has opened my eyes on how much my story is helping other people.
>> to say i'm proud of him doesn't even come close to what i'm actually feeling inside.
>> reporter: a boy who once thought he wanted to die now living with the pretty impressive goal.
>> i want to be activist. i want to do something to change america.
>> reporter: nbc news.