Are You Up to the Challenge? Show Us How You’re More Than a Bystander

Sep 28, 2012|By: Kaitlyn Harrington, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Posted In: Response

The Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention are looking for informative and entertaining videos that send a positive message to youth about the importance of being “more than a bystander” to bullying in their schools and communities.

In August, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, called on America’s youth to take the Stop Bullying Video Challenge. This contest gives young people another way to create a more positive and healthy environment in their schools and communities. Students are asked to submit videos answering the question: “How have you been more than a bystander?”

Encourage the youth in your life to submit original PSAs, 30 to 60 seconds in length, that show ways they are taking action against bullying and promoting a culture of kindness and respect in their communities. The deadline for submissions is October 14, 2012 at 11 PM EST. Youth between 13 and 18 years old are eligible to participate. Youth under 18 years of age must have written permission from a parent or guardian.

An expert panel of judges will help narrow the field, and then the public will choose their favorite video. Once the top three finalists have been selected, the contest winner will receive a grand prize of $2,000, and the two runner-ups will receive $500 each.

Here’s how you can take action:

  • Watch Secretary Duncan’s video
  • Work with youth to enter the challenge
  • Forward this message to your networks

Full details about the contest, including additional submission guidelines and rules for eligibility are available at

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