has impacted all of us one way or another, either firsthand or as a
bystander. For many, it leaves lifelong scars. My experience involved
growing up with a sibling who was developmentally delayed and struggled with
social interaction. He was the kid who sat alone at lunch, or recess and was
largely ignored by his peers. From a very early age, I learned how one simple
act of kindness or inclusion could change the trajectory of someone's life – a
realization that ended up providing the baseline of the Be THE Voice
was able to share the Be THE Voice story at District conference last week, and
our mission to equip today’s youth with the interpersonal skills to become an
unwavering “voice” of inclusion in their schools and communities. Our innovative approach is highly effective in changing student
mindset for a number of reasons!
- BTV is NOT a
- Requires NO staff
- Is facilitated by
a school club, resulting in an immediate buy-in
with the student body
- 65% of students
are visual-learners, making our peer-narrated
video series highly effective
- Our plug-and-play
format fits easily into any school schedule
BTV amplifies the
impact of other social-and-emotional learning initiatives the school has in
In addition to the benefits outlined above, 2021-22 teacher survey feedback
reported a significant decrease in both in-school
and out-of-school suspensions in both the Elementary and Middle-School
programs. And, recent data showed a 36%
decrease in office referrals and a
23% decrease in out-of-school suspensions in one of our largest
school Districts between 2021/22 and 2022/23!
Be THE Voice benefits both students and staff by creating a
space where students feel connected to their peers and are ready to
learn, and a classroom where teachers can focus on academics instead
of managing student misbehavior.
your Rotary club is looking to grow visibility and make a lasting impression in
your community, consider sponsoring an area school with the BTV initiative.
Trust me when I say that parents will remember the sponsor of a program that
improved their child’s school experience!
you need is a school club to spearhead the initiative, so if you are interested please
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline to enroll for
the 2023-24 program cycle is May 31st (with payment due in