Frequently Asked Questions
What happens at a S.T.O.P. session?
The sessions are made up of a variety of activities including skits, videos, games and small group discussions. The goal of the activities is to increase the participants' awareness of their own uniqueness and that of the others, and to sharpen skills needed to identify and respond to stereotyping and prejudice.
S.T.O.P. participants hear talks by older teens about their experiences and insights regarding prejudice and discrimination.
Do you have to live in Worcester or Shrewsbury to join?
Participants are welcome from any nearby community.
Do you have to belong to a religious institution to join?
No. 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, beside their own, but non-religious organizations are also involved.
Does it cost anything to join?
We are asking for a $25 donation to cover our basic costs (copies, supplies, pizza...). It helps fund the resources we need to make sure the program continues in the future. Financial assistance is available.
Who are the leaders of the S.T.O.P. Program?
Adult advisors from the participating organizations are present at the sessions and lead the large group activities. High School Students, with S.T.O.P. and facilitator training, lead small groups in structured activities.