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ABOUT KNOW YOUR CLASSMATES™ (KYC)

Know Your Classmates is a school-based Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum, an advocacy campaign and a national awareness day. KYC was created to address the challenge of how we, as educators, help middle school youth become more self-aware about their own family’s identity, traditions and culture while learning acceptance, inclusion and respect for their classmates as well.

This initiative underscores the fact that marginalizing one group of children based on nothing more than their faith, religion, identity, race or ethnicity must not be ignored in school communities because it affects every child.

National Know Your Classmates Day was on October 23, 2020 but the curriculum can be used any day of the year! Register your school now to get instant access to lesson plans, videos, presentations and more!

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. This initiative underscores the fact that marginalizing one group of children based on nothing more than their faith, religion, identity, race or ethnicity must not be ignored in school communities because it affects every child.

Sadly, we are seeing a new population of young victims — Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) youth. The COVID pandemic and current political climate has fostered racially-fueled attacks across the country against these youth and their families.

This is no joking matter:

  • AAPI children are being treated like they have the plague
  • Age groups being affected are elementary, middle and high school
  • The attacks are taking shape as bullying, physical assault and trauma
  • Certain elected officials and members of the Administration have referred to the Coronavirus as the “Kung flu”

Stand Up for Asian-American Children During COVID was created in partnership with Beyond Differences and Community Youth Center of SF (CYC) to lift up all students, parents and school officials to reject hateful language which creates anxiety, fear and trauma by promoting acceptance, respect and inclusion of all classmates by operating in two domains: on school campuses and in the broader public arena.

Middle School educators we invite you to sign up to receive the FREE comprehensive SEL Virtual Toolkit which includes: 8 lesson plans written by teachers and teen leaders, 3 student-led activities designed to teach organizing and leadership skills, and instructions for celebrating a student-led national holiday, Know Your Classmates Day! The new KYC Toolkit will be hybrid and can be used for remote learning or in classroom learning. All lesson plans align with Common Core ELA standards and CASEL SEL Competencies. Know Your Classmates Day will reach more than a million students across the nation!

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

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If you have any questions or would like access to our resources please email
SallyK@BeyondDifferences.org