Located in Worcester County, Massachusetts, S.T.O.P. (Students Together Opposing Prejudice is a youth education and leadership initiative focused on teaching middle schoolers how to advocate for those who are bullied and how to confront stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination.
S.T.O.P. addresses all forms of discrimination and prejudice, including prejudice based on race, gender, sexual orientation, physical appearance, class, disability, background and religion. Traditionally, sessions are held in houses of worship to give the participants an opportunity to learn about different beliefs, besides their own, but non-religious organizations are also involved.
Because no one is born hating
Heighten student awareness concerning issues of prejudice and discrimination of all types.
Give students positive and constructive strategies to confront prejudice and discrimination. Develop and affirm student leadership and advocacy skills.
ACCEPTANCE, TOLERANCE, COMPASSION
"Our uniqueness, our individuality, and our life experience molds us into fascinating beings. I hope we can embrace that. I pray we may all challenge ourselves to delve into the deepest resources of our hearts to cultivate an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion. We are all in this life together."
"No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."
~ Nelson Mandela
We are now taking registrations for the 2018 Program! Sessions start in February. Register and join us every Thursday for 8 weeks for pizza, conversations, activities and more!