An innovative campaign that’s rooted in research to help stop bullying before it starts.

Nearly 28% of youth in grades 6-12 have experienced bullying ( at some point during the school year. Youth targeted by bullying are at a higher risk for excessive school absences, poor grades, depression, illness, and alcohol/drug use.

The #Day1 campaign has been used effectively in middle and high schools all over the country as a tool to ensure that teens know how to make smart choices when interacting with each other. Youth who have been through the #Day1 program understand that bullying is not going to be tolerated by peers or administration- that makes a big difference! 

 #Day1 encourages bystanders to act as Upstanders, which has the potential to positively impact your entire school community. When everyone knows what is expected of them, individuals can be held accountable for their own actions. #Day1 helps teach youth how to speak and act with compassion, empathy, kindness, and respect. 

To download the toolkit as a pdf, complete the #Day 1 partner form below. Once you’ve implemented #Day1, send an e-mail to to let us know how it went. Feel free to share photos, highlights, or inspiring moments with us. We suggest that educators read through the entire lesson and rehearse the declaration before presenting it to students.

Preview of #Day1 Toolkit


Any day can be #Day 1 to create a safe classroom environment free of bullying behavior. This simple, effective, and empowering intervention prevents bullying before it begins. 

Just follow these three steps:

  1. Read the Declaration on Day 1, receive a verbal acknowledgment of agreement from students to adhere to the declaration. Be sure to personalize the declaration with your school/classroom name in the appropriate spaces.
  2. Pass out copies of the Upstander Pledge or visit Read the pledge aloud together. Before students sign the Upstander pledge, ask them to discuss what it means to them.
  3. Share your experience with us by emailing along with the total number of pledges and any photos or videos you’d like to share with us. Display the Upstander pledge as a visual reminder to students.

#Day1 Declaration 

I am proud to teach at this (name of school/classroom), and I am proud to be your teacher. I care about all of you. In this school, we value and celebrate our differences. So I will do whatever I can to make sure that everyone always feels safe and included. I want to make this a safe space for all of you. So today I am going to teach you our most important lesson. I want you to think about it, agree to it and carry it with you this year.

As Upstanders, we all agree that it is never acceptable to hurt others for any reason, through our words or actions, even if we feel frustrated or hurt. It is also never acceptable to tease, hurt or leave others out because of any kind of difference. This difference could be someone’s skin color, home language, sexual orientation, body shape or size, religion, what clothes they wear, their ability level, being a boy or girl, or the way that they speak or act. I am asking you to think carefully about your words and actions, and how they will make others feel.

Bullying is when you hurt another person on purpose, sometimes repeatedly. Today, we agree that any act of bullying against another person– student or adult– online or offline, is wrong. If you notice bullying behavior, don’t remain a passive bystander but intervene safely as an active Upstander. As Upstanders, if you notice bullying behavior you should interrupt the behavior by telling your classmate to stop. As an Upstander, you also need to report exactly what you saw and heard to the (teacher/trusted adult at school). If the adult is busy or does not fully understand, try calmly explaining it again. Remember: it isn’t “tattling” if you are helping someone. Also, make sure to reach out to the person who was being [targeted] bullied. Ask them if they are OK, make an extra effort to be kind, and tell them you are there to listen. This is what being an Upstander means.

If you notice a classmate feeling alone, sad, or angry, or if you think they might do something unsafe like hurt themselves or others, be kind to them and tell a (teacher/trusted adult). Finally, if someone is bullying you, be an Upstander for yourself by asking for help. Does everyone understand what I have said and what we expect of you here? Can we all agree to be Upstanders?

Upstander Pledge

I pledge to not remain a passive bystander but rather be an active Upstander when I witness bullying behavior.

As an Upstander, I will intervene whenever I see or hear anyone being targeted with bullying behavior; whether I’m at school, at home, at work, or in my faith community; whether I am speaking in digital spaces or out in the real world with friends, family, colleagues or teammates. 

  • I will interrupt the bullying behavior, if it feels safe to do so.  I will intervene respectfully by saying: “please stop!”. 
  • I will report what I saw or heard to a trusted adult or person of authority. I will also encourage the person I saw being bullied to report it, too. 
  • I will reach out to the person who was targeted and let them know that bullying is never OK with me, and ask how I can help or assist them to get the help they need. 

I will choose words and actions that show my respect, kindness, and compassion for all people and always make everyone feel included and safe

I will not speak or act negatively about how another person is different from me; including their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, home language, body shape or size, skin color, ability level, or any other real or perceived difference.  Instead, I will choose to learn about and celebrate what makes them unique, special and precious.  If I hear others speaking or acting negatively because of someone’s differences, I will choose to be an Upstander and speak up.

If I learn in person or online that someone is feeling seriously depressed or potentially suicidal, I will reach out and tell this person, “Your life has value and is important, no matter how you feel at the moment, and no matter what others say or think.”  I will strongly encourage this person to get professional help.

I pledge to be an Upstander!

Download #Day1 Toolkit for Upper Grades

Can we count on you to implement #Day1 in your school? Please complete this form to receive your easy-to-use PDF copy of the #Day1 toolkit. 




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