Braver School Communities
We’re depolarizing America one school district at a time.
Our Braver School Communities initiative engages high school and middle school students, parents, teachers, staff, administrators, and school board members in our bridge-building efforts.
A primary goal of this initiative is to depolarize America’s school communities and to ready the next generation for a more civil politics.
Braver Angels has shown that it can help Americans of all ages improve their listening skills, speaking skills, and “political empathy” in the context of cross-partisan discussion and disagreement. We’re ramping up our efforts to bring these skills to our younger generation—especially high school and middle school students capable of complex interpersonal exchanges. We know that the patterns children develop from an early age can stick with them for life, so helping students gain these skills early in their education can keep them from falling into the toxic patterns modeled for them by others in our public life, and can help create the kind of future leaders we need.
What We Do
We offer programs for school communities, including high school and middle school students, parents, teachers, staff, administrators, and school boards. If you’d like to bring our programs to your school community, please connect with our team. We have a growing number of partnerships with schools throughout the country.
Introduction to Braver Angels
Introduction to Braver Angels
Skills for Challenging Conversations
Common Ground Workshop
BridgeUSA High School Chapters:
Braver Angels partner BridgeUSA’s High School Chapters bring constructive dialogue to high school campuses across the nation, focusing on teaching students how to engage in political discussion and have productive conversations on hard topics through empathy and open-discussion.
High School Debates:
Braver Angels and BridgeUSA have engaged students in high school debates throughout the country.
Managing Difficult Conversations with Colleagues and Constituents
Outcomes for Participants
Ways You Can Help
We’re looking for experienced Braver Angels members who are trained in the following volunteer roles. If interested, please connect with our team.
Help bring the message of Braver Angels to your school community. As a trained Ambassador, you’ll be well-prepared for offering formal presentations or for impromptu conversations with administrators and others about the benefits bringing Braver Angels bridge-building work to your district.
Help organize workshops and other events for your school community. As a trained Organizer, you’ll learn the logistics of working with Moderators and other team members to bring Braver Angels’ programs to your district.
Help deliver existing workshops for school communities and help create new programs.
- How Should Students Learn About Race and Racism in Schools? A Common Ground Workshop, Orange County, CA (2023-04-23).
- Sumners Seminar Weekend, an intensive program for students from 17 colleges, TX & OK (2022-11-11 to 2022-11-12).
- How to Teach Sex Education in High School? A Common Ground Workshop, in collaboration with YouthServe, Birmingham, AL (2022-04-10).
- Depolarizing Within: For Teens and Young Adults, national workshop (2022-02-27). Read: ‘We need to see each other’s humanity in all aspects of life’: One teen’s journey to tackling political division within her generation
- Skills for Challenging Conversations, workshop for 600+ seniors, Northwood High School, Orange County, CA (2021-10-13). Read: How a divided high school took action towards depolarization
- Depolarizing Within, workshop for 100+ teachers, staff and administrations, Northwood High School, Orange County, CA (2021-10-11)