Located in Worcester County, Massachusetts, S.T.O.P. (Students Together Opposing Prejudice is a youth education and leadership initiative teaching teens 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. 

Students Together Opposing Prejudice 

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 skills.



Gina Kuruvilla

Director of Religious Education, St. Mary's Parish, Shrewsbury



"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." 

Linda Thompson




Sherin Ashkar-Nayfeh

English Teacher at Alhuda Academy and member of the Worcester Islamic Center

We are now taking registrations for the 2017 Program! Sessions start in February. Register and join us every Thursday for 7 weeks for pizza, conversations, activities and more!

Rev. Valeria Schmidt

Pastor at Trinity Church in Northborough

Veronique Orcel

Member of Congregation B'nai Shalom in Westborough

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Shiamin Melville

Member of The India Society of Worcester

Badiaa Begag

2nd GradeTeacher at Alhuda Academy and member of the Worcester Islamic Center

Mark Sebell

Member of Congregation B'nai Shalom in Westborough

Our Mission



Stephen Sadow

Member of Congregation B'nai Shalom

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Elizabeth Hylton

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (teenagers) at The Counseling and Assessment Clinic of Worcester

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"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


Sabina Terrades

Member of Wellspring United Methodist Church, Shrewsbury

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