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Social Isolation in the News

‘A New ‘3 R’s’ for Back to School: Respect, Recognition, and ReciprocityHuffington PostSeptember 12, 2016
Ex-NFLer Martin says he struggled with social isolation and attempted suicide multiple timesNewserAugust 26, 2015
Friendships May Play A Huge Role In Depression RecoveryHuffington PostAugust 22, 2015
Can social isolation fuel epidemics?Medical ExpressJuly 21, 2015
Being Alone vs. Being Lonely: The Psychological Effects Of Social Isolation On The Human SpeciesMedical DailyJuly 21, 2015
Social Isolation Damages ChildrenWall Street JournalJune 13, 2014
Newtown shooter is described as isolated in youthYahoo NewsAugust 26, 2013
The Lethality of LonelinessNew RepublicMay 13, 2013
Being alone is hazardous to your health, study findsGood Morning AmericaMarch 27, 2013

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 21, 2016!

No One Eats Alone

No One Eats Alone™ 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 10, 2017.

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 28, 2017.

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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