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Create Student-Led Assembly Programs

The Beyond Differences Teen Board leads assemblies for 5th-9th grades classes in schools all over the Bay Area and Portland, OR reaching audiences of 20-1,000 students. The technique they use to prepare, under the guidance of our Teen Board Director, is to first find their own voice through authentic self-expression in front of their peers on the Board. Each of the Board members must first experience what it is to move beyond his or her own differences before modeling positive leadership to others. The Teen Board actively learns how to listen, support, and create safety for one another. By the time they are standing on stage in front of entire student bodies, they have the courage to delve into issues that are ordinarily difficult to discuss.

The Teen Board aims to provide a safe environment for all students to open up about their middle school experiences: what they feel, what they see in themselves and their classmates, and how they wish their friends would behave with one another. Through a combination of their courage, skills at speaking, listening, and guiding conversation, authentic sharing, and remarkable hearts, our Teen Board is not only inspiring others to imagine a different world, but they are also beginning to create it. ​

We invite you to bring an assembly to your school or community! For more information about our assembly program, or other ways to get involved contact us. ​

To request a Middle School Assembly at your School, fill out the form below:

Assembly Resources

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!