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Breaking Down the Walls of Social Isolation: Lili’s Story

Lili Rachel Smith was a sister, daughter, fashionista, animal-lover, foodie, singer, activist, dreamer & devoted friend. She faced tremendous challenges, and overcame them. This is her story.

No One Eats Alone at PS 253 in New York

From Sparks to Explosion: No One Eats Alone 2018

This film shows the rise of No One Eats Alone™ from 38 schools in 2014 to over 2000 in 2018!

No One Eats Alone 2016

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Be The One

Check out the inspired by our new movement "Be The One," starring the Beyond Differences Teen Board.

The World I Want

Why social isolation? Why NOW? Learn how Beyond Differences is working to end social isolation and change the culture of middle schools through student leadership and empowerment.

Beyond Differences' co-founder recognized with the Jefferson Award for Public Service

We are so proud of Laura Talmus, Beyond Differences' co-founder, for being recognized with the Jefferson Award for Public Service. This prestigious award is given to ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition or reward. Beyond Differences is grateful for this public recognition of Laura's vision and leadership.






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!