Beyond Differences

Rating: 5 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 336 Bon Air Ctr Num 436 Greenbrae CA 94904 USA

Mission:
Target demographics: end social isolation
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 10,000 students in the Bay Area
Geographic areas served: middle schools
Programs: Middle School Assemblies, Leadership Academy Training Program No One Eats Alone, and Be The One!
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a member of the Advisory board of Beyond Differences, I have seen how this organization has developed over the years and made a significant impact on the lives of many.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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1 person found this review helpful

My daughter joined this group two years ago because its core mission resonated with her. I've volunteered in a couple of ways, mostly minor, but throughout I've been blown away by the organization. The adults are deeply committed, but the drive truly comes from the kids, who see the cost of social isolation every day. The eloquence with which the teen board members and other kids express the need for change, and for change to come through individual choices is incredibly powerful. I'm both proud and humbled that my daughter brought us into this organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand it nationally.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This is my son's second year participating in Beyond Differences and I feel so fortunate that he in the program. His leadership and social skills have improved, and he's gained a greater compassion for others. Through assemblies, club activities, and activism Beyond Differences creates an awareness of the social isolation that adolescents can face, and strives to make middle school a more accepting and inclusive environment. The wonderful and dedicated staff of Beyond Differences knows that social change takes time, but are committed to a long term vision of reasonable and thoughtful program growth. Future middle school generations will undoubtedly benefit from their questioning social norms and advocating for acceptance and change.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Spread the word and take it nationally.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Beyond Differences is making a difference. I have been lucky enough to see a number of the assembly programs Beyond Differences has presented and have seen first hand the positive reaction from the students. The kids enter the assembly hall talking, joking, an unruly mass of preadolescence but after they hear the compelling story from each Beyond Differences Teen Board member and enter into discussion about social isolation they leave the assembly thoughtful, inspired, and a little more grown up. Beyond Differences is sowing the seed so that every student will want to be the one person who reaches out and makes a peer feel more included. Beyond Differences is changing the culture of middle school.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wish Beyond Differences had a chapter in every state in this country.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Being part of Beyond Differences has changed everything about me, from my mind set to the simple ways to make someone feel special. Smiling at someone in the hallway, moving from one table where all your friends are to sit with someone who is alone. Becoming friends with someone you wouldn't imagine ever talking to. Thinking about how people feel, opening up becoming a better person in general. All because of Laura and Ace I feel like I belong. Thank you.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Beyond differences is a great organization that helped me discover how to stand up and speak out to bully's and social isolation. I joined to stop people from eating alone and being excluded or left out. This is a great organization that helps you stand up to bully's and it also teaches you how to be a good friend and include others.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Beyond Differences is an unbelievable organization that helps kids understand social isolation and put an end to it in their schools and communities. They learn life skills and then are taught how to pass on these skills to other students in their schools and communities. It is all about helping each other to feel included, valued, recognized and respected. An amazing organization that I'm very proud to have my son be a part of.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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