where meaning & mastery meet
building inclusive middle school cutlures
BEYOND DIFFERENCES Beyond Differences works directly with middle and high school students, on campuses and online, to help them promote social inclusivity within their schools because every student should feel accepted, included and valued by their peers no matter what their difference.  

Their innovative national programs have inspired both cultural and behavioral shifts at middle schools and high schools across the country.

Grooming our future leaders is more important than ever and so I’m proud to be a Board Member.  I encourage you to learn more at www.beyonddifferences.org
giving hope and support to children
affected by hiv/aids
Millions of people in this world are suffering, starving, alone and without hope. For much of my life, I didn’t care to see it and didn’t care to help. Today, I know that while the problem of this suffering is bigger than I can solve, I can make a difference.

In 2007 I took a trip to Africa with my two daughters. Part of it was on safari in Kenya and Tanzania, and the rest of the time we were in Johannesburg, South Africa, visiting the Kwasa Pre-primary school and the Emthonjeni Fountain of Life LIV/AIDS Care Centre. Both of these projects are situated in unofficial townships, where thousands of people are living without even the most basic conditions of shelter, food and water.

Visiting these projects opened my eyes to their suffering. I am currently supporting CHABHA, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide children, who are orphaned or affected by HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, with educational, psycho-social and independence skills. In CHABHA’s 10 years, they have impacted the lives of thousands of children. More information can be found at www.chabha.org.
Local support to our teens
Since 1987, Challenge Day has served more than 1 million youth in 400 cities, 47 U.S. states and 5 provinces of Canada. Their one-day programs go beyond traditional anti-bullying efforts, building empathy and igniting a movement of compassion and positive change. Their mission is to provide youth and their communities with experiential workshops and programs that demonstrate the possibility of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, truth and full expression.

I am an active volunteer for Challenge Day events that take place within a 50-mile radius of San Francisco. To learn more about what you can do, visit: www.challengeday.org.