Our History and Vision
Since its inception, Student to Student has empowered thousands of Jewish high school students to help dispel stereotypes about Judaism and reduce antisemitism. Through their classroom presentations, these Jewish students also gain valuable leadership and public speaking experience.
Former board chairs of the JCRC in St. Louis, Joe Pereles and John Kalishman, witnessed first-hand the success of Student to Student and the impact the program had on both Jewish Student Presenters and non-Jewish students in the classroom. Joe and John also understood that expanding the program to meet growing interest from other cities required resources and focus that were beyond the mission and scope of the JCRC. With that in mind, they led the effort to co-found Be The Narrative, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that brings the Student to Student program into the national arena.
Education – We come together to teach others about Judaism while strengthening our bonds within the Jewish community.
Understanding/Affirmation – We respect other people’s views and beliefs and understand the humanity in ourselves and others.
Empowerment – Through support and guidance, we empower people to work together to create positive social change.
Leadership – We encourage participants to lead and inspire others by doing something proactive, dynamic, and meaningful.