Mandan News

Standing against bullies

Prairie Public’s multimedia Stand Up ND project is traveling across the state this summer to investigate the bullying problem that impacts so many young people. The project will be at Art in the Park in Mandan on Thursday, July 3. Parents and their children are invited to participate by sharing their messages about how they have stood up to bullying. Some of the messages will be uploaded to the project’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/standupnd and website, www.standupnd.net

This focus on children’s voices excites fans like Karen Van Fossan, communications director of Prevent Child Abuse N.D. “I am thrilled about Stand Up ND, not only for its message but its method,” Van Fossan said. “By supporting young people to speak directly to one another, Stand Up ND empowers youth to change their own culture and create a more just and peaceful world, right here and right now. I can hardly wait to see what Stand Up ND will do next.”

Project producer, Meg Lindholm, said the media often focuses on how bullying hurts kids. “But many people are still scratching their heads – trying to figure out how to reduce a problem that impacts the lives of so many young people,” Lindholm said. “The project explores what educators, parents and others are doing to reduce the problem.”

Conceived in 2013, the project is funded by the Bremer Foundation and a Bush Foundation Community Innovation grant. Stand Up ND is expected to continue through 2014, and longer if additional funding can be obtained.