Meet Jonathan Martin
Read Jonathan's story in USA Today
My story isn’t unique or special.
My story made headlines around the world, but what I experienced in an NFL locker room would be familiar to countless students in hallways, cafeterias, and gyms.
Even at 6’5” and 315 pounds, the social isolation I experienced made me feel small, insignificant, and alone. It made me feel like an outsider.
I’ve decided to be the national spokesman for Beyond Differences to help kids that are feeling the same social isolation.
By organizing tens of thousands of students, Beyond Differences is changing the culture of middle school across the country – and that means changing the culture of everything.
I’ve been speaking at schools across the Bay Area, and hearing stories from teens. I hear about students reaching out to each other – scooting over at the lunch table, or inviting them to join in at a dance. Sometimes, though, it hurts to hear the struggles of socially isolated students. Then, it hits me: this is why I’m here.
I hope that if we keep this momentum up, one day kids won’t have to grow up feeling isolated by social pressures and loneliness. To do that, I’d love to speak at your school.