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A Call To Action!

Each of us plays an important role in shaping safe communities for ourselves and our children.

Here are 7 steps you can start doing TODAY to end social isolation in your community.

  1. Check our Partner Schools page and, if your local school is on this list, meet with them to find out what they are already doing to address social isolation through Beyond Differences' programs. If they are not on this list, ask them to join Beyond Differences as a Partner School!

  2. Set up a local Teen Board of Directors who meet monthly and plan activities for their community.

  3. Show our ​video in living rooms, community centers and religious school classes.

  4. Create a panel of local experts following the example of our Parents Education Forum. Click here for a list of questions to get your panel started talking about social isolation.

  5. Make part of your ongoing dinner-time conversation a discussion about values and differences and how your children can be the leaders in their schools by including others that are feeling left out.

  6. Find five friends and talk with them about social isolation. Ask them to watch our videos.

  7. Spread the word and share Beyond Differences resources with others in your community! Become a fan of Beyond Differences on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or to send an email to your friends and family letting them know about what Beyond Differences is doing.

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!