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How to Start a Beyond Differences Club at Your Middle School:

Starting a club at your school is easy to do. First, find a teacher who will be willing to be the advisor for your club. Ask the guidance counselor, your friends, or other students who may be interested in joining the group to form a Beyond Differences Club. Your club will create an atmosphere at school where everyone feels welcome and you get to plan Know Your Classmates, No One Eats Alone, and Be Kind Online.

Decide if you want your Beyond Differences club to meet once a week or every other week. There are lessons that you can use before each National Day to help spread the word about the National Days. Here are a few things that you can do to prepare at your school.

Games and activities that allow you and your classmates to have fun while making new friend include:

The possibilities are endless. No matter what you do we promise you will have fun and gain great leadership skills! You will be looked up to by the community as a person who stands for ending social isolation and being a good friend.

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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!