Kidsbridge invites youth in grades 3-8 in New Jersey to participate in the
First Annual Allison Vandal UPstander Challenge.
What is this, you ask? To honor the memory of Allison Vandal, a very creative and giving teen who left us far too soon, this challenge is meant to encourage youth to be creative and giving as well.
2018 Theme: HELPING HANDS*
Art Forms: Poetry and Visual Arts
Deadline: May 31, 2018
As Allison inspired and helped others, youth are encouraged to share
what inspires them. Helping Hands. How can kids:
… Help others?
… Stand up for those who need support?
… Curtail bullying and being mean?
… Be inclusive rather than exclusive?
… Encourage empathy and kindness?
… Go from being bystanders to becoming UPstanders?
Top selections will be featured in a compilation website used to inspire others.
Go to: to learn more — and to submit your entry!
* Note that each year will have a different theme, and in future seasons, entries in other art forms will be sought.
Poetry                                                   Visual Artwork
Submit as .doc or .docx files                    Submit as a .jpg file
May be rhyming or free verse                   All genres of two dimensional art,
Must be no more than one page                 except photography, are accepted
Instructions: First names ONLY on the document. Must attach a media waiver signed by your parent/guardian to be included in the website compilation. Log onto for the forms and other instructions.