January 28, 2023


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Upstander Reflection

The Upstander Project was a project were we choose a topic we wanted to talk about and try to create a change for. My project was about domestic violence which is a topic I am passionate about and is something personal for me as upstanders we took many actions. For example, we presented to middle schoolers about domestic violence and it went well. The other action we took was posting our proposal to youth voices and we got positive comments on it.

Being an upstander to me means standing up for what you think is right and taking the right actions to create a change “tipping point”. It also, means believing in yourself that you can create a change and do something about the issue. Educating is also part of being an upstander and having new allies along the way and bringing your community together.

During this project what I learned about myself as a student and a person is that I can create a change if I put my mind to it and I also learned that when it is something I am passionate about I really put my mind to it and try. As well, this project help me be a better presenter because I knew what I was talking about and I learned you can add your own experience and learnings to your work.

What I learned as a upstander is when thinking about actions to take think about how big of an impact will your action have and who it will influence etc. Something else that I learned is that the sky is your limit and there is endless possibilities. They are also obstacles along the way so be prepared and always remember you can overcome all obstacles.

My next steps are to keep raising awareness about this issue because this topic is very important to me and very personal. I also, want to keep raising awareness little by little so then one day domestic violence numbers lower as a whole all over the world. I would also like to stop domestic violence and maybe help someone who is a victim in some way whether that’s giving money food shelter etc.

My advice to other upstander students looking to create a change is keep trying and never give up every action counts even the littlest things. Use your communities find allies that will help you and just be determined about what you are doing. Make plans and stick to them and start of local helping out your community and if possible expand.

Say No To Domestic Violence.

April 22, 2019

Kayla J, Juan M, & America D

What’s Your Opinion on Domestic Violence?

Dear Victims and Survivors,

We chose to write to the you because on a average, nearly 20 people per minute are victims of physical violence by intimate partner in the United States(project We want to write to victims to show you, you are not alone. And to survivors because you have gone through these experiences and can help current victim and prevent future victims. We hope that in the future Domestic Violence can fully stop and all people can speak out against it.

The issue that we want to bring to your attention is domestic violence. In an article it states “Dating  abuse is a pattern of abusive behaviors that are used to exert power and control over a dating partner. Dating abuse can be physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional and also includes stalking. It can happen in person or electronically and can also happen between a person and their former dating partner”(Domestic This is saying that when they are dating a abusive person there will always be physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional and also includes stalking in the relationship. In a website called which is a website where a doctor talks about domestic violence it can be trusted because the doctor is a expert. It talked about the people that get harmed it said “Domestic violence — also known as domestic abuse, intimate partner violence or abuse may start when one partner feels the need to control and dominate the other. Abusers may feel this need to control their partner because of low self-esteem, extreme jealousy, difficulties in regulating anger and other strong emotions, or when they feel inferior to the other partner in education and socioeconomic background”(Toby D. Goldsmith, MD). This is saying that when your partner starts feeling low self-esteem and they start to control the partner. I think that’s not healthy for both of them because that will do too much damage to  their relationship.The level of oppression that domestic violence show is internalized oppression because they are not doing anything and letting the situation continue, children get affected by that. If they see that there one of their parents is hitting the other parent the child will grow up believing that hitting their partner is okay to do and they will do it to their spouse in the future.

There have been movements in the past to try to change and prevent domestic violence. An example is the National Domestic Violence hotline which is a direct service. The hotline is used to help those who are seeking help around the issue of domestic violence. They also, answer calls and text from those seeking help “Over the last 20 years, The Hotline and loveisrespect have answered more than 4 million calls, chats and texts from people seeking help around issues of domestic violence” (The National Domestic Violence Hotline). This quote proves that there is people out there and organizations willing to help stop domestic violence and 4 million calls is absurd it is a lot of calls so this is a move which is successful and it is a national move and has great impact. Another example is on they talked about a movement where teens put flash tattoos on their wrist and they were 40,399 people who participated “Our members shared our Spot the Signs guide and free 1 in 3 of Us metallic tattoos with friends to teach them how to spot red flags for dating abuse”( This statement shows that organizations are educating people so they can spot red flags this way they can do something about it or the people who are going through it might not see it but this way they can this was an example of public art and community organizing. is a very successful organization which targets youth to stand up for what’s right and they are a non profit organization so they can be trusted. Another, organization that  helps victims of domestic violence is A Safe Place this is a crisis shelter “Our Emergency Shelter Program ensures that each client receives a safe home environment in which to heal”( This gives hope to the people who think domestic violence is insuperable and a way to get away from the abuse. As well, it is a safe place to heal and to think this can be very helpful. This organization is very successful for what they are doing because they are helping the victims.

Our plan is to sell snacks on Thursday and raise money so we can donate that money to a domestic violence organization and we will give out flyers with the snacks that give out information on domestic violence and how to put a stop to it. To go around to middle school advisories and the after school program to let them know about domestic violence. They will also be doing surveys and we have slide shows prepared for them to watch As well,on how to spot red flags. We believe this will be effective because we will raise both money and awareness and empower our community to put a stop to this and wake those people up who are disregarding this issue. We will be posting on our instagram @stop_domesticviolence2 this will be a different way to raise awareness and movements and different actions we can make so this issue is no longer acknowledge. Help us stand for what is right by using the #StopDomesticViolence.

Annotated Bibliography

“1 In 3 of Us: Flash Tattoos.”,, .

This article was about the types of reactions and emotions that happen when the person is going through domestic violence. How a group of teeangers stood up and activated for domestic violence victims and survivors. This source is credible because its .org and they are not profiting from it.


This Crisis program is talking about what they provide like their emergency shelter. emergency transport etc. This source is reliable because they’re website is a .org and they are a non profit organization that help victims get out of their situation. A strength is they are providing many services besides the one I listed and for free and this can be very helpful because people may not have money for it. As well , they tell you what you need to plan ahead.

Goldsmith, Toby D. “What Causes Domestic Violence?” Psych Central, 8 Oct. 2018,

This article was about domestic violence and and that when the male starts feels self esteem they start feeling that they have that power to control but that only affects both people. This source is credible because the author of this website is a doctor and has lots of knowledge on information about domestic violence.

“Impact Report | National Domestic Violence Hotline.” The National Domestic Violence Hotline, The National Domestic Violence Hotline , 2017,

This Action report by the national domestic hotline tells us statistics of how many call they answered etc. This source is credible because they are a non-profit organization and the donations they receive are to help victims of domestic violence. A strength is that it has the year that the report it was taken on and it gives us statistics. A weakness is that it doesn’t say where they got this data from.

Kassoy, Ben. “1 In 3 of Us: Flash Tattoos.”,, 2018,

This campaign is telling us about what they did to spread awareness and what they are doing about it. This was very effective because over 40,000 teens participated. As well, this website is credible because they are a organization that works with the youth and are always doing something and it is a non profit organization so they can be trusted.

“Some Statistics about Domestic Violence- . Project Sanctuary . 2019.” Project Sanctuary – Mendocino County, CA 2019, Project Sanctuary , 2019, .

This source is credible because it is from a nonprofit organization and helps with not just only domestic violence but also helps with sexual assault.