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The Consequences of Social Isolation

In partnership with Beyond Differences, Drs. Dabney Ingram and Rebecca London compiled research that indicates social isolation has long-standing effects.

Read the report here.

In fact, we found a consistent relationship between social isolation and lasting mental, physical, and academic consequences. Feelings of loneliness were associated with regular headaches and stomach aches, higher risk for substance abuse, and depression. Sadly, those are problems that carry into adulthood.

But we can do something.

We’ve always known that the connections our student leaders make with their peers are life changing. We strive to create a community where no one feels socially isolated. We work directly with students in middle schools and high schools as leaders and mentors to their classmates. Teachers and administrators support these programs that promote inclusive activities and spread kindness because they see their students performing better in school and engaging better with their classmates.

Learn more about social isolation.

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 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 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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