At B’nai B’rith Courage to Care, we believe that ordinary people have the power to make a positive
difference to the lives of others by being Upstanders. Taking inspiration from real-life extraordinary
acts of courage, our Upstander Programs inspire people to make a real difference in their
community by standing up and taking action,creating real change.
Our Upstander Programs educate participants on the dangers of racism, prejudice, discrimination and bullying.
Delivered by our team of skilled and dedicated volunteers and featuring inspiring testimonies from Holocaust Survivor Speakers, our Upstander Programs promote acceptance of diversity within our community, transform bystander behaviour, and inspire participants to become Upstanders in their own communities.
Upstander Programs encourage participants to become aware of their potential to make a positive difference, and offer practical tools for standing up against racism, bullying and prejudice by empowering participants to take positive action – in the schoolyard, workplaces, and in our communities.
We deliver Upstander Programs free of charge to secondary schools (SYP) and primary schools (MYP) across Victoria. Find out more or make a booking
Upstander Programs are also available for community groups and workplaces across Victoria. Find out more or make a booking.
We also offer Professional Development programs for both primary and secondary school teachers. Find out more.
Online materials are available, and more are being developed for use across all Upstander Programs. Get in touch to find out more.
Hearing real stories of courage from past genocides such as the Holocaust is moving, impactful and above all, empowering.
By highlighting the extraordinary acts of ordinary people who intervened to save others, our survivor speaker stories show participants that they too can be Upstanders – in their own schools, workplaces and wider communities.
In doing so, we demonstrate how every individual has the power to make a positive difference by standing up in the face of injustice.
‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing’
This famous quote by Philosopher Edmund Burke captures the philosophy of our work.
To prompt good people to conquer evil, we invite our participants to challenge their own attitudes and behaviours, as well as those around them.
By encouraging participants to consider how they can become Upstanders, we contribute to maintaining a socially cohesive and accepting society.
“The program links the past with current day perfectly. The students clearly made connections with Upstanders in WWII to current students/Upstanders and saw that they have the ability to be an Upstander.”
“Thank you for making the effort to come to our school. This is the 3rd year that you have come to our school. Your message is perfect for the work we do with our students on bullying.”
“The reward is the students’ reactions.”
“I love what we do at Courage to Care … changing the younger generations view of others that are different, treating them with respect and understanding.”
“I think the main messages that we took away from the program was that if I stand up, it will have a ripple effect, and everyone will stand up.”
“It teaches you a lot about how to be an Upstander.”