We have partnered with Starbucks on Upstanders, a nationwide citizen storytelling initiative.


Upstanders is an original collection of short stories, films and podcasts sharing the experiences of Upstanders — ordinary people doing extraordinary things to create positive change in their communities. Produced by Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran, the Upstanders series helps inspire us to be better citizens.

Upstanders centers on 10 original short films about ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things to create positive civic and social impact. The campaign includes live events, podcasts, articles – and many opportunities for citizens to engage. Its core idea is that each of us has the power to stop being bystanders and to participate in creating the change we want to see.

We created accessible discussion guides to accompany each story. These guides are designed to help educators and citizen changemakers alike use the Upstanders stories as a spark for deeper learning about the issues and strategies to address them.

Learn about the Upstanders here.

Download the discussion guides here.