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BullyBust: Promoting a Community of Upstanders is a nationwide bully prevention campaign that supports students and adults to become “upstanders”—people who stand up against bullying or mean/cruel behavior, and mobilize the entire community to end harmful harassment, teasing, and violence in our nation's schools. Join BullyBust to make your voice count! Through this site, you will have an opportunity to SHARE your stories (hyperlink to Upstander Heroes page), PLEDGE your commitment to the cause, ACCESS key resources for students, parents, and educators, and CREATE a school-wide effort of hope and solidarity. Together, we can put an end to bulling!

“I Am An Upstander!” Challenge

Join the "I am an Upstander" Challenge with your school today, and you could be the grand prize winner. All submissions must be received by November 1st!

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Bystanders are Silent. Upstanders Live Out Loud!

Show you are an upstander or celebrate one in your life with this limited-edition from BullyBust partner Boy Meets Girl®. In support of BullyBust, 10% of every sale will support BullyBust's critical work in schools nationwide! Support the cause in style today & #BMGLiveOutLoud

“For Good” Video Contest Winners

BullyBust and WICKED are thrilled to announce the winners for the 2012 "For Good" video contest! Click here to view the powerful winning videos and learn more about this incredible effort!

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STAND UP to Bullying—Start an Upstander Alliance at your school today!

The Upstander Alliance provides free resources to help student teams, in collaboration with adult moderators at the school, create targeted community-wide engagement projects focused on preventing bullying and raising awareness. Through the Alliance, team members will have access to detailed tools for creating and sustaining their group, opportunities to connect with artists, experts, and youth leaders who are making a difference, and will also be able to share their experiences with other Alliances across the country. Download the free toolkits and get started now.

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“Defying Gravity” Essay Contest Winners

BULLYBUST would like to congratulate the winners of our “Defying Gravity” Essay contest—each one a shining example of Upstanders in Action!

Grand Prize WinnerAmmie, a freshman at La Cresent High School in Minnesota will be traveling to New York City this spring to see WICKED the musical LIVE on Broadway. She will also receive a custom WICKED/BullyBust Flip with a special video message from Elphaba!

Sarina from Cooley Ranch Elementary in Colton, California
Whitney from Meyersdale Area High School in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania
Natalie from Warwick Valley Middle School in Warwick, New York

Each finalist will receive gift baskets of WICKED treats that included a custom-designed WICKED/BullyBust FLIP camcorder.

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No matter what happens, though, we just need to stay strong. Things and people will come along who don't want us to fly, and we just have to block them out.
—Excerpt from winning essay


Check out our updated RESOURCES SECTION, full of takeaways, programs and website links designed to help you deal with bullying in school or at home.