Rachel’s Impact

Recommended Audience: Middle School (7th-8th)

Prerequisite: None

Logistics: A 60 minute assembly delivered by one certified Rachel’s Challenge presenter at your site.

Program Description: Rachel’s Impact is the middle school version of the inspiring story of Rachel Scott whose example of kindness and acceptance was brought to light when she became the first victim in the Columbine High School tragedy. Conveyed through stories from Rachel’s life and writings, Rachel’s Impact shows the profound positive impact we have on those around us. Rachel’s Impact demonstrates to the listener the power of deliberately reaching out in word and action to others to start what Rachel called a “chain reaction of kindness and compassion”. It encourages participants to examine their own lives in the light of the following 5 challenges.


  1. Look for the Best in Others – Eliminate Prejudice
  2. Treat Others the way You Want to be Treated
  3. Choose Positive Influences
  4. Speak Words of Kindness – Words Can Hurt, Words Can Heal
  5. Forgive Yourself and Others

Outcomes: Rachel’s Impact motivates the individual to consider where they are personally in relation to the five challenges. It also, prompts the listener to reflect on their relationship with and impact on the people around them. Additionally, the program renews the participants hope that their life has purpose through service to others. Rachel’s Impact gives participants permission to forgive themselves and others, and encourages them to start their own chain reaction of kindness and compassion which positively affects school climate.