Issues to Stand By

6, 7, 8

Learners identify issues in their school or community they feel they could have the courage to stand up for.

PrintOne 20-minute session

The learner will:

  • identify issues in the school, community, or world) that are difficult to address because it takes courage to take a stand.

display copy of handout: Issue Categories


  1. Anticipatory Set

    Ask, "If you saw someone getting bullied in the hall at school, what would you do?" Discuss the answers to this question. Lead the learners to recognize that it takes courage to say something or even tell a teacher about bullying.

  2. Discuss examples of when it takes courage to do the right thing. Say, "Are there issues at our school or community or world that take courage to address?"

    Prompt the learners with categories of issues on the handout below.

    "Are there any environment-related practices that are difficult for people to adopt? Is there any prejudice that people ignore? Does it take courage to do something about homelessness or hunger in our community? Why?"

  3. List ideas on a display board. Discuss specific actions that require courage [bravery; the ability to confront fear or uncertainty] if one is going to stand up for the right thing in these areas.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Give examples of how individuals have helped others.
  2. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark MS.2 Discuss why some animals and humans will sacrifice for the benefit of unknown others.
      2. Benchmark MS.4 Describe the characteristics of someone who helps others.
  3. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 01. Needs Assessment
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Identify a need in the school, local community, state, nation, or world.