stand for courage participants
Who We Are
The Stand for Courage Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the conversation and cultural reaction around bullying. Instead of identifying as another bullying prevention program, Stand for Courage focuses on creating a new culture (within youth, their school environment, and community) which allows each of us the room to grow into our best selves. The Stand for Courage statement embodies the key to changing the hostility encountered in social interactions:

It's not the bully. It's not the victim.
It's you.
Don't be a bystander.
Step up, step in, speak out, and get caught doing the right thing. 

The movement promotes awareness about peer mistreatment, empowers advocacy for and from all youth, by engaging community, professional, and celebrity partners to celebrate diversity in brave youth who everyday are standing for courage. Our goal is to change the world, one celebrated youth at a time.

The Stand for Courage Foundation was founded in 2011 by Nicole Jon Sievers and is made up of an Executive Board, Advisors, a Youth Leadership (Youth Advisory Board, Youth Mentors), and Staff. In addition, the Stand for Courage Foundation is supported by community, professional, and private Partners. All individuals in the SFC foundation are working together to make the vision and symbol of Stand for Courage a household name and change agent.

Platforms of Change
In Schools
As a movement, we lead and empower America’s young people to rise in defense of their own rights and the rights of others. We recognize that each individual has one indisputable job: to be the best self that they can be. By inspiring communities to encourage individual positive strength and mutual respect, we create an environment where our youth grow as people and succeed.

Our program begins in Portland, Oregon. Youth grades 6-12 are invited to nominate one another for Stand For Courage awards.

With Celebrity Support and Award Ceremony
The Stand For Courage award takes a very different approach to the bullying prevention movement! To get the attention of the youth who most frequently bully... we throw the best party in town (metaphorically and literally); our guest list includes culture makers from local to national celebrities.

All youth have the potential to “get caught doing the right thing,” including youth who bully yet change their behavior. We use evidence-based practices, interpersonal neurobiology, a strengths perspective, youth led initiatives, local to National culture makers...a movement that is compelling enough to catch every one's attention and create a shift away from discrimination and bullying and toward inclusively and strength.  

Recognition and awards will be presented to selected individuals at several major events including concerts and sports games beginning in the fall of 2014. Nomination forms will be available on our website, in schools, and at community centers and events.
Stand With Us
Invite Us
Help your school, community organization or your friends know about Stand For Courage! We need to let those in grades 6-12 know about our organization and how they can be nominated for awards. You can start by telling them about our website, nominate them for an award or make a video and post it. You can like us on Facebook or post about our movement or follow our tweets. We are working for you.

Stand For Courage will be establishing teams at schools, community centers and within organizations. If you would like to help us implement our program at your location, join us below and let us know!
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The Stand For Courage Star Gallery
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It's not the bully.
It's not the victim.
It's you.
Don't be a bystander.
Stand up, step in, and speak out.
Get caught doing the right thing:
Stand For Courage.

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Download Our Free App
stand for change app

Click HERE for details.

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“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”

Jane Austen