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The Portland Teen Board and the Portland Advisory Board of Beyond Differences will be JOGGING FOR CHANGE to end social isolation in middle school! Beyond Differences works directly with middle and high school students, on campuses and online, to help them promote social inclusivity in their schools. We are a student led organization because we believe that change can only be true and lasting if the agents of that change are youth themselves.
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This past 2016-2017 school year the Portland Teen Board has been busy going into local schools such as: Beverly Cleary, Roseway Heights, Beaumont Middle School, West Sylvan Middle School, and Lane Middle School to teach and present our three National days. The Portland Teen Board will be presenting assemblies at Laurelhurst Elementary School, All Saints School, and Lane Middle School.

The opportunities are endless for what these Portland teens can bring to middle schools in Portland to help end social isolation and create a community of kindness, caring, and helping one another.

If you are interested in having this group come to your school for an assembly or to present the curriculum to your school, please contact Sheri Louis at: [email protected] or call me at 503-206-6779.

There is an opportunity to join the Middle School Leadership board and a Beyond Differences club at these schools in Portland: Beaumont Middle School, Beverly Cleary Middle School, Harrison Park Middle School, Lane Middle School, Roseway Heights Middle School, Laurelhurst Elementary School, All Saints School, and West Sylvan Middle School. For more information, please contact Sheri Louis at: [email protected].

National Programs

Know Your Classmates

Our innovative national programs have inspired a cultural and behavioral shift at middle schools and high schools across the country. Join our movement to end social isolation by bringing one or all of these programs to your school.

Know Your Classmates is Beyond Differences' initiative co-sponsored with the Islamic Networks Group (ING) designed to explore middle school youth's identity and belonging, understand traditions, and recognize stereotypes. Multi-cultural and multi-faith backgrounds are common in today's schools and Know Your Classmates is speaking honestly with children about their feelings and experiences with one another. Know Your Classmates Day is Friday, October 20, 2017!

No One Eats Alone

No One Eats Aloneā„¢ teaches everyone how to make friends at lunch, often the most difficult part of the school day. Created and organized by students, this is our most popular program where schools in all 50 United States participate! National No One Eats Alone Day is Friday, February 9, 2018.

Call It Out Day

Call It Out is a powerful engagement program for middle school youth, their teachers and families. Focused on creating inclusive communities online, particularly learning to respond to digital gossip to reduce social isolation, National Call It Out Day is April 27, 2018.

All of our programs encourage taking the pledge to never exclude others, reaching out to someone new, and spreading the word that inclusion is cool!

  

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