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Joyce Aboussie

Fueled by a passion for innovation and change, Joyce Aboussie has been a lifelong entrepreneur and leader in the St. Louis community. She is the founder of Aboussie & Associates, a consulting and management firm that brings the strategic mindset of a political campaign to clients in the public and private sectors, from Fortune 500 corporations to NGOs. She was the National Political Director for the 2004 presidential campaign of Congressman Dick Gephardt (D-MO), and has in total worked on over 500 campaigns in all levels of government since 1978. In addition to business and politics, Joyce is also committed to the continued advancement of social good. Along with her role as St. Louis National Advisory Board Member for Beyond Differences, she has also been on the Board of Directors of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital since 1983, when she became the youngest sitting member.

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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 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 23, 2020!

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 12, 2021.

Be Kind Online

Be Kind Online 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, Be Kind Online Day is May 14, 2021.

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!