ABOUT THE INITIATIVE
The Students Taking Ownership Mentoring Project (S.T.O.M.P.) is a countywide community-based initiative designed to prevent violence in all forms by employing a comprehensive trauma-informed framework to transform culture. Anticipated outcomes positively impact youth ages 7-17, their families, and the community.
Services are offered in a safe and productive environment (S.T.O.M.P. Safe HUB). Participants and their families are encouraged to be introspective, empowered to lead, and equipped to address aggressive or violent behaviors and mental, social, and economic triggers.
Four youth-led community incubators, known as quadrants, educate and inspire Youth Ambassador Leaders to raise awareness of issues that affect their specific communities and facilitate deliberate action plans and strategic solutions to deter violence.
Each quadrant delivers evidence-based programs, services, and proven support systems led by trauma-informed Community Ambassador Leaders. Community ambassador leaders provide consistent mentorship, advocacy, and trauma-informed strategies to encourage positive emotional, spiritual, and social development.
S.T.O.M.P. has four overarching project goals to address the identified risk factors associated with violence.
The project goals are:
to increase community awareness and understanding of adverse childhood experiences, resilience, and trauma-informed care;
to build resilience through biblical principles, community-based engagement activities, and peer-led initiates;
to break the cycles of adversity through skills development, arts-infused learning activities, reverse and peer group mentoring, an efficient holistic system of care for youth and their families; and
to create safe spaces for youth where they can come together, engage in activities, and express themselves in a healthy, respectable manner.
The anticipated outcomes of this initiative are realized over six phases. The success of those outcomes is measured by several evaluation methods, including self-evaluation surveys, interviews, forms, and forms over time, against a pre-determined set of criteria (Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Graduates are assessed on a semi-annual basis.
FEATURED PROGRAMS & TRAINING SOLUTIONS
C.A.E. Resilient Church Equipping Solution:
This equipping solution provides pastoral care, recovery, grief, elder care, and crisis intervention training opportunities to empower congregants to adopt the attitude, skills, and knowledge to become a resilient church community.
C.A.E. POSITIVE Disruption:
Character & Leadership Development Training is C.A.E.’s required core curriculum for all ages. This course involves group sessions that allow the participants to gain insight into the differences between values, attitudes, and behavior to encourage an intrinsic desire to change.
This program involves parents and their youth working together to create a community that values young people while developing the skills they need to build healthy families.
C.A.E. Prep4Work™ Workforce Readiness Solution:
Prep4Work™ specializes in minimizing the gaps between opportunities and readiness. Youth and adult participants will learn practical job-finding skills, earn industry credentials, practice positive and professional behavior, and explore their strengths and values.
C.A.E. TV Productions Media Program:
This project-based visual arts program provides technical instruction and practical experiences for aspiring videographers and filmmakers. Participating students will assist in the production of C.A.E. branded TV Shows.
C.A.E. SWAGG Station Dance Web Show:
This show documents monthly youth recreational dances designed to create connectivity and fun-filled safe spaces in partnership with Prime Universal Mercer County Network. C.A.E.’s SWAGG Station is loosely based on the CBS variety show Soul Train and presented on the World Wide Web and Amazon Fire and Roku streaming devices. Go to SWAGG Station Page Here.
COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR LEADERS
Government Agencies & Elected Officials
Bruce Rosa, Mercer County Sheriff
John Libonati, Mercer County Coroner
Pennsylvania Parole Board – Mercer District
Bethel Life Worship Center
Life Center – Greenville
Monarch Care Global Ministries, Inc.
One Kingdom Ministries
Prince of Peace
Valley Baptist Church
Capable Kids, LLC
Griffin Legal Group, LLC
Haven Professional Counseling, LLC
Lesson’s on the Lake Music Academy, Inc.
London Bridges Consulting, LLC
Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission
No Box Thinking, LLC
Operation Lighthouse Project
Parkside Psychological Associates, Inc.
Peace Treats, LLC
Pleasant Renovations, LLC
Prime Universal Mercer County Network
The Oaks at Haven, Inc.
Zion Education Center - CYPEN Division
C.A.E. introduced the S.T.O.M.P. initiative in 2012 after a series of homicides that rocked the Canton, Ohio community. Approximately 45 agencies within the community, in partnership with the Canton City Police Department and Canton City Schools, united together to support the strategic plan to combat violence. Approximately 152 students were impacted each consecutive year.
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This initiative is endorsed by the Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission, Inc.