Wanting to grasp how big of a problem bullying was, Isabella began doing extensive research. She stumbled upon many statistics about “bystanders” and how easy it is to simply ignore others being bullied. She realized that she needed to make it easy for her peers to avoid being bystanders if she was going to have an impact on bullying. She came up with the idea for Be a Buddy, Not a Bully, a school-based program that invites students to take a pledge to become an “upstander” – someone who is ready to stand up for anyone they see getting bullied. As part of the pledge, each student received a bracelet to send a powerful visual reminder to bullies that they can’t win. Isabella’s project has now spread beyond her school and she plans to engage more youth leaders in the next phase of her work.