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February 22, 2018

Building A Better You: Courage Responses

This year, Fight For Life announced the “Build A Better You Challenge” with Jack and Jill Magazine. In this series, Marlin Jackson sets out the building blocks that students need in order to live the life they want. As someone who grew up in humble circumstances and was able to overcome a broken home and drug-fueled neighborhood, Marlin knows all about what it takes to fight for a better life.In the first issue, Marlin teaches readers all about courage: “not what a superhero shows by fighting bad guys, but by doing the right thing even when it’s hard.”

Last month, we talked about courage. Specifically, Coach Marlin’s winning strategy for courage:
1. Being truthful
2. Apologizing when you are wrong
3. Speaking up when a friend is being teased
4. Welcoming a new neighbor or classmate
5. Keeping your promises

Students from around the United States submitted their answers to our two questions on courage, and we’ve got the winning responses below. If your child would like to participate in our Build A Better You Challenge, head on over to this page to find out how they can win an autographed photo from Marlin Jackson and and other prizes throughout the year!

  • What does courage mean to you?
  • How do you show courage at home, in school, or in your community?

The ability to make the right choice even if it frightens you. I show courage by always doing what’s right even if my friends and fellow peers don’t do so. Like if everyone starts talking because the teacher left the room I will do the right thing and take out a book instead of talking with the people around me.
-Alyssa, 12, DE

Being brave and standing up for other people. I show courage by standing up for people when they’re getting bullied because they’re different. Courage = getting along and acceptance.
-Jessie, 10, IL

Courage means having enough strength to do something that is scary to you. I dance in recitals in front of a lot of people and it takes a lot of courage.
-MyKayla, 10, WI

I think courage means not being scared of something but doing it even if you are scared. I showed courage by when our house was robbed, I helped my little sister and little brother get through it.
-Beth, 11, KY

I think courage means staying strong no matter what happens, and being yourself all the time. If all of your friends wanted to draw monsters, I would be myself and draw something I like.
-Jake 10, MN

To me, courage is standing up for my friends and family. I show courage by helping my sister with a bully, or standing up when my friend is being teased.
-Josh, 11, AR

It means not letting fear stop you from doing somehting right or something you love. At home if you do something wrong and your parents think a sibling did it tell the truth and don’t fear your parents and do the right thing. At school if you see your friend or anyone being picked on, don’t be afraid of the bully, be courageous and stand up to him or her. Another example for school is being nervous for a presentation. A lot of people get nervous because they seem like they didn’t bother to remember what they learned and they get a bad grade. So you have to face your fear. Finally you shouldn’t be afraid to be yourself at school and be someone you’re not just to fit int. Everyone is special.
-Kaitlyn, 10, CA

You have the faith or braveness to do something. When somebody is being mean to me at school of even if they’re being mean to somebody else, me and my best friend Carly will stand up for ourselves.
-Rylee, 8, Nebraska

Giving your best effort in life and are a little competitive. I will tell them they can do it and come on, you’ve got this.
-Wyatt, 10, MN

Courage means to me bravery. I’m brave enough to stand up for someone who is being bullied at school.
-Penelope, 10, TX

Courage means to me that you have what it takes to accomplish anything. I have the courage to stand up for myself and others so you don’t back out on something.
-Eveline, 9, CA

Stepping up for someone if they’re being bullied. In school, I play with kids that are left out.
-Charlie, 9, IL