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Stand Up for AAPI Youth During COVID

National Advocacy Campaign and Back-to-School Curriculum

A project of Know Your Classmates™ in partnership with Beyond Differences and Community Youth Center (CYC).

Background of Campaign

Know Your Classmates, a school-based curriculum and national advocacy campaign, was originally created by Beyond Differences and 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 underscored the fact that marginalizing one group of children based on nothing more than their faith, religion, race or ethnicity must not be ignored in school communities because it affects every student.

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

This is no joking matter:

Learn more and get involved!

Educators, Parents and Students bring Know Your Classmates to your school this fall! Sign up today to receive the all-new 2020 Know Your Classmates™ resources featuring new Stand Up for AAPI Youth During COVID lesson plans! Register at KnowYourClassmates.org

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!