The Challenge to be an Upstander

The #projectupstander challenge is on to turn Cowra into an ‘upstander’ community and to take a stand against bullying.

Following a 2018 Cowra Youth Council survey where a staggering 90 percent of respondents reported that they, or a young person they know, had experienced bullying, the Youth Council was determined to take action against bullying.

Speaking at the Youth Week Leadership event, ‘Amplify’, Cowra Youth Council project leader, Stassi Austin, launched the #projectupstander challenge, encouraging all young people in Cowra to get involved.

“We want to spread kindness in our community through the #projectupstander challenge, both towards others and in looking after ourselves. Kindness is the opposite of bullying as it makes people feel good instead of bad. We’re asking people to act for kindness and to learn to be Upstanders against bullying” Stassi announced.

“We’re inviting everyone to take up the #projectupstander challenge, sign the pledge to be an upstander, and send a message that there is no place for bullying in our community”, she added.

Young people taking the #projectupstander challenge will go in the draw to win #projectupstander merchandise, including T-shirts and wristbands.

The #projectupstander challenge and pledge are available to download from Cowra Council’s website at or the Cowra Youth Council Facebook page. Post a photo with your pledge and tag #projectupstander or drop it in to Council offices to be added to the display.