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Octber 23, 2020Know Your Classmates DayAn Initiative of Beyond Differences

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About Know Your Classmates

Know Your Classmates™ (KYC) is a school-based curriculum, national advocacy campaign and national awareness day that was originally created by Beyond Differences in partnership with the Islamic Networks Group in 2016 to combat the rise of hateful language and bullying against Muslim-American children in the run-up to the Presidential election. This initiative underscores the fact that marginalizing one group of children based on nothing more than their faith, religion, identity, race or ethnicity must not be ignored in school communities because it affects every child.

It was created and designed to address the challenge of how we, as educators, help middle school youth become more self-aware about their own family’s identity, traditions and culture while learning acceptance, inclusion and respect for their classmates as well.

Sadly, we are seeing a new population of young victims -- Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) youth. The COVID pandemic and current political climate has fostered racially-fueled attacks across the country against these children and their families.

This is no joking matter:

  • AAPI children are being treated like they have the plague
  • Age groups being affected are elementary, middle and high school
  • The attacks are taking shape as bullying, physical assault and trauma
  • Certain elected officials and members of the Administration have referred to the Coronavirus as the “Kung flu”

Stand Up for Asian-American Children During COVID was created in partnership with Beyond Differences and Community Youth Center of SF (CYC) to lift up all students, parents and school officials to reject hateful language which creates anxiety, fear and trauma by promoting acceptance, respect and inclusion of all classmates by operating in two domains: on school campuses and in the broader public arena.

National Know Your Classmates Day is on October 23, 2020. Inclusive communities are safer and healthier communities!

Educators and students in 5th – 8th grades will receive a FREE comprehensive virtual toolkit which includes: 8 lesson plans written by teachers and teen leaders, 3 student-led activities designed to teach organizing and leadership skills, and instructions for celebrating a student-led national holiday, Know Your Classmates Day. The new KYC toolkit will be hybrid and can be used for remote learning or in classroom learning. All lesson plans align with Common Core ELA standards and CASEL SEL Competencies. Know Your Classmates Day will reach more than a million students across the nation!

Highlights of this program:

  • Video lesson plans taught by high school students for middle school students.
  • Curriculum written by experts on racial justice, equity, social and emotional learning, mental health and well-being, and, social isolation issues related to COVID requirements to shelter-in-place.
  • Worksheets and references to videos for student discussion translated into multiple languages.
  • Resource Page for Educators.

Join the campaign to build strong, inclusive communities and help students understand, accept and embrace their differences.

Sign up today to receive the all new 2020 Know Your Classmates™ virtual toolkit this fall! >>>


National Partners

  • California School Employees Association (CSEA)
  • Dolores Huerta Foundation
  • Equality California
  • NYC Department of Education
  • Sit With Us app
  • The Representation Project
  • ING

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Posted on April 24, 2017.

National Partners

California School Employees Association (CSEA) Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) Challenge Success Changing Perspectives Dolores Huerta Foundation Equality California Jewish Community Relations Council NYC Department of Education Sandy Hook Promise Scary Mommy Sit With Us The Representation Project Canal Alliance Canal Alliance ACLU of Southern California InspirED Let it RippleHindu American FoundationNo Bully

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