Making a Difference
The Impact of Beyond Differences
- Beyond Differences programs are in all 50 states.
- Our Transformative Social-Emotional Learning curriculum has been used in 8500 schools across the US, reaching over 3.5 million students.
- Over 8500 schools have participated in one or more of our signature SEL programs.
- 65% of the schools using our curriculum are Title 1 schools.
- Laura Talmus, Beyond Differences Executive Director, has been a leader in elevating public policy and advocacy around SEL through her work on the Advance SEL in CA Campaign, California’s Coalition for School Well-being, and the national Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness.
- Professional Development provided to 70 Educators during the pandemic, by launching our first Three National Innovative Educator Cohorts in NYC & Florida. This is a year-round program that supports educators and SEL influencers by raising mental health and social and emotional learning (SEL) awareness & knowledge.
- Members of the Bay Area Teen Board of Directors attended the DigCitCommit Virtual Congress at Facebook HQ in February of 2020 along with staff. Teens participated in conversations on issues around digital safety and inclusion and made presentations on effective use of social media, the pervasiveness of cyberbullying and how to use social media for good.
- An evidence-based research project conducted during the 2018-2019 school year at 10 New York City public middle schools using Beyond Differences SEL Curriculum found that:
- 88% of Student Leaders reported that having Beyond Differences at their school had a substantial effect on their campus.
- 87% of administrators reported that Beyond Differences contributed substantially to Youth Voice, Student Leadership and student awareness of Social Isolation.
- 85% of students said they felt like more of a leader as a result of having Beyond Differences at their school
Youth Leadership Awards
- The California Endowment 2020 Youth Voices for Change Award for LGBTQ & Gender Justice was awarded to Beyond Differences, Bay Area Teen Board member, Matteo Diaz. We are proud of the work Matteo has done this past year at his high school and in the larger community.
- Oakland Teen Board member, Javonté Francis was selected from more than 6,000 applicants in 2018 as a Facebook Community Leadership Program Youth Fellow. Facebook awarded Beyond Differences with a $50,000 grant to honor and support his work.
- The Hearts of Marin 2020 Youth Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Beyond Differences, Bay Area Teen Board member, Alex Paloglou. We are grateful for the 7 years of service Alex dedicated to Beyond Differences.