Celebrating our 30th year of educating teens
S.T.O.P. is an education initiative established in 1991. The program was designed and
implemented by representatives of three faith organizations in Sudbury, Massachusetts
with the support and assistance of the Anti Defamation League’s Making a Difference Program.
Goals of the S.T.O.P. Program
- To heighten participant’s awareness concerning issues of prejudice and discrimination
- To give students the strategies to confront prejudice and discrimination
- To develop and affirm leadership skills in participating teens
This program is a seven-week curriculum, targeted to Junior High students and facilitated by high school students. Through the use of games, activities and peer discussions participants learn how to recognize and respond to stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination.
“I recently met with my advisor at my college, Washington University in St. Louis. She had read my college application and essays, one of which I had written about STOP. Of my entire application, of all the clubs and activities I participated in (including varsity baseball, Model United Nations, and Student Senate), she was BY FAR most impressed with STOP. I think this speaks to the relevance, as well as the uniqueness of the organization..”
“When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war. So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide.”
Representative John R. Lewis