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New Nonprofit Organization "Be the Narrative" Launches to Support National Expansion of Peer-to-Peer Program "Student To Student"

Mar 25

 

(St. Louis, MO) – Be the Narrative (BTN) is excited to announce the launch of its new nonprofit organization, which will serve as the parent organization for its already-existing peer-to-peer program, Student To Student (STS). Be The Narrative develops interactive educational programs that connect Jewish and non-Jewish peers to learn about Judaism and dispel stereotypes.

 

Be The Narrative’s roots go back to 1992 when a local Student to Student program was introduced by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of St. Louis. Conceived by Batya Abramson Goldstein, former Executive Director of the JCRC, Student to Student aimed to create positive perceptions of Judaism through interactive peer-to-peer classroom presentations. Her idea was to have high school students from different branches of Judaism come together to share their personal stories in high schools with few if any Jewish students. The program delivered her vision. Independent research shows that nearly every student who attends a Student to Student presentation says that it positively impacts their knowledge of and attitude toward Jews and Judaism.

 

Student to Student® is a classroom-based experiential program that brings Jewish and non-Jewish high school students together to learn about Judaism through personal storytelling. The program has already been successful in several states, and the launch of BTN will allow for a national expansion of the program.

 

"We believe that every student should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, regardless of their background," said Batya Abramson Goldstein, founder of Be the Narrative. "Our peer-to-peer model has proven to be effective in helping students succeed, and we are excited to take it to a national level with the launch of Be the Narrative."

 

In addition to the launch of the organization, BTN is also excited to announce the launch of its new website, which can be found at https://bethenarrative.org/. The website will provide information about the organization, the STS program, and ways for individuals and organizations to get involved and support the mission.

 

Be the Narrative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations are tax-deductible. For more information, please visit https://bethenarrative.org/ or contact [email protected] or call (314) 300-6731.