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Join Our Portland High School Teen Board of Directors

Our Portland Teen Board of Directors are full-time high school students attending 9th – 12th grades in various school throughout Portland. Each of them has eagerly stepped forward and said, “Yes! I want to make a difference in my school and my community!”

By dedicating themselves to Beyond Differences, they are becoming inclusive leaders, embracing differences, and inspiring their friends, teachers, and parents to end social isolation.

We’re passionate about leading the movement to bring attention to this issue and put an end to kids feeling left out.

Join the board!

Portland Teens, become a Beyond Differences Teen Board Member! On the Teen Board you will gain skills in leadership, inclusion, public speaking, and learn how to advocate for change in your community.

You will be required to come to our Teen Board meetings once a month and to participate and sign up for Beyond Differences community service events. Teen board members are also required to attend a fall retreat, in which students lead, set goals for the year, and bond with other teen board members, so they can model Beyond Differences values of acceptance and inclusion.


Return all forms to Sheri Louis, Regional Director of Student Programs, Portland at [email protected].

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!