Gwinnett SToPP works to fulfill its mission of dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline by empowering the students and parents most impacted by that pipeline to demand safe, supportive public schools. We work under the theory that schools must be accountable to the communities they serve, and parents and students should be active participants in decision-making about their schools. The current system that criminalizes students of color is embedded with systemic racism and decisions are made by those with political power.
Gwinnett SToPP works to empower those impacted by the STPP by providing parents, students, and community members with information and data needed to understand the systemic problem of pushout, and through trainings on how to use that information and data to hold elected officials and policymakers accountable when schools are not serving all children equitably and fairly. We also work with parents, students, and community members to bring a pro-active vision of discipline in schools that minimizes out of school time and promotes healthy school climate, recognizing that we must lead with a strong vision of what we want to see.