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Middle School Leadership Retreat

Beyond Differences empowers middle school students to become leaders and activists.

Any interested 7th or 8th grader is encouraged to start their own Beyond Differences club and apply by finding a teacher on campus to be the Faculty Advisor and then get ready to have some fun! At the retreat students will learn leadership skills, public speaking skills, event planning, and have the chance to meet other student leaders from across the country!

They will also learn how to bring Know Your Classmates™, No One Eats Alone® and Be Kind Online™ to their school. Don't miss out on all the fun! Start a club at your school today!

Complete the Application AND Permission slip by September 16th here:

Please return all forms to Karina Parada at [email protected]

Regional Program Managers

San Mateo County Peninsula, to Eva Iglesias, San Mateo County Regional Program Manager [email protected]

Marin County to David Tarpinian, Marin County Regional Program Manager [email protected]

East Bay to Dr. Louise Malandra, Oakland Unified Regional Program Manager [email protected]

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!