ABOUT THE INITIATIVE
The Students Taking Ownership Mentoring Project (S.T.O.M.P.) is a countywide prevention program designed to strategically combat all forms of violence before it begins, by positively impacting Mercer County youth grades 5 -12, their families, and ultimately the community at large.
Services will be offered in a safe and productive environment (S.T.O.M.P. Safe HUB) where participating youth and their families will be encouraged to be introspective, empowered to lead, and equipped to address the mental, social, and economic triggers that attribute to violent behaviors.
Four youth-led community incubators will educate and empower S.T.O.M.P. ambassador leaders to raise awareness of issues affecting their community and to facilitate deliberate action plans and strategic solutions to violence. Evidence-based and data-driven programs and services will provide holistic support by offering consistent mentorship, advocacy, and arts-infused education that encourages positive emotional, spiritual, and social development for youth participants, and proven support systems for their families.
S.T.O.M.P. has four overarching project goals to address the identified risk factors associated with youth violence.
The goals are:
to increase community awareness and understanding of adverse childhood experiences, resilience and trauma-informed care;
to build resilience through biblical principles, faith-driven engagement activities and peer-led initiates;
to break the cycles of adversity through skills development, reverse and peer group mentoring, creating 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 the program will be realized over six phases. The success of those outcomes will be 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). Participants that graduate from the program are assessed on a semi-annual basis.
WILL YOU JOIN US?
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 Buhl Regional Health Foundation and the Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission, Inc.