Our FREE program includes a curriculum that celebrates identity and encourages new connections. Celebrate KYC Day with us on October 13, 2023!

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Know Your Classmates® is a school-based Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) program created by Beyond Differences that includes teacher guided lesson plans, a student leadership unit, and resources to celebrate the National Awareness Day, Know Your Classmates®.

KYC was designed to end social isolation and create cultures of belonging. Students will learn self-awareness of their identity, tradition, and culture while learning acceptance, inclusion, and respect for others. It was created as a 5th-8th grade positive intervention program, but may be adapted for lower grade levels and high school.

Highlights of this program:

When you register your school, educators recieve for free:

  • Access to eight SEL lesson plans (aligned to CASEL Competencies and ELA Standards), videos, and other materials co-designed by educators and members of our National Teen Board.
  • Insight from experts on racial justice, equity, social and emotional learning, mental health and well-being, and social isolation issues.
  • A guide to help students lead Know Your Classmates® (KYC) Day at your site.
  • A KYC Day activity kit shipped to you (US and Canada only).
  • All student facing worksheets and presentations available in Spanish. For translation into other languages, we may be able to have a National Teen Board Member support virtually. Please reach out to our Director of National Programs for more info (see below).

Join the campaign today to build strong, inclusive communities
and help students understand, accept and embrace their differences.

If you have any questions please email our Director of National Programs, Alyssa Ching at alyssac@BeyondDifferences.org


Know Your Classmates® was originally created by Beyond Differences® in partnership with the Islamic Networks Group in 2016 to combat the rise of hateful language and bullying against Muslim-American children in the run-up to the Presidential election.