Beyond Differences empowers students to end social isolation in middle school through online and campus programs.
Three unique things about Beyond Differences
They are a student-led organization. They believe that change can only be true and lasting if the agents of that change are youth themselves.
They are the only organization singularly focused on ending social isolation. Social isolation is often the precondition to the bullying, teasing and violence that occur too often in schools and communities. By focusing on social isolation, Beyond Differences helps prevent bullying and teasing instead of reacting to it.
They grew out of the experience of a child. Lili Rachel Smith—the heart and guiding light of Beyond Differences—went through the pain of social isolation. She was determined to keep searching until she could find her place in the world. Thankfully, she found that place at Scattergood Friends School in West Branch, Iowa, before she passed away at the age of fifteen in her sleep. They created Beyond Differences in Lili’s honor and memory.