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A Message from Our Executive Director

We thank the First Lady for embracing our national program No One Eats Alone. We welcome the opportunity to partner with anyone who is serious about creating a culture of belonging for everyone, and willing to talk to their children, their teachers, their community leaders and their spouses about what we can do to help kids feel safe.

The crisis of social isolation in middle schools is exacerbated by bullying, name-calling, and treating groups of people as "different" because of their physical appearance, disability, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious beliefs, or anything else that makes children feel different.

Millions of children suffer from feelings of social isolation with no support, so it is the responsibility of all of us – parents, middle schoolers, and the President of the United States – to do everything possible to make kids feel safe, accepted, valued, and included.

Laura Talmus, Executive Director of Beyond Differences

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 26, 2018!

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 15, 2019.

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 April 26, 2019.

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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