The APC was organized to serve as a resource and partner to middle schools, 5th – 7th grade students, parents, and the surrounding communities in an effort to bring greater awareness to the impact of prejudice, discrimination, violence, and bullying.
The Power Over Prejudice programs offer middle school students an opportunity to participate in peer dialog and activities that highlight the value of embracing differences also while learning how to celebrate their own uniqueness. Students are guided through activities that provide practice on techniques to address difficult challenges, bullying and violence, that often occur in the middle school years. The APC offers two programs: Power Over Prejudice and the POP School Program. The organization is a Georgia based 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.
The APC exists to empower and educate youth to respect and embrace differences among all people through our Power Over Prejudice programs.
Our Values Commitment
This organization strives to be:
- honest and truthful in all our dealings.
- responsible and accountable in every transaction.
- fair and equitable in each relationship.
- respectful and mindful of the dignity of every individual.
- compassionate and caring in each situation.
Since its inception in 1997, the Power Over Prejudice (POP) programs have empowered over 12,000 middle school students and over 1000 school counselors on the importance of embracing diversity in their schools and communities.
After every program, the APC solicits support from local universities, Emory University and Clayton State University, to conducted an annual program review. The review is compiled of data collected from student and counselor evaluations in order to assess how well our current program activities achieve our organization’s mission.
According to the most recent review, in 2011, results support the conclusion that participants in the 2011 POP Summit were engaged by the activities of the Summit and felt that participation was beneficial to their ability to successfully engage with people from diverse backgrounds.
Statistical Data Suggests:
- The POP Summit continues to receive even levels of ethnic diversity representation.
- Representation from different grade levels, 50% of participants were in 7th grade, 33% in the 8th, 16% in the 6th, and only 1% in 5th grade.
- Students continue to rate the POP Summit highly, sharing that volunteer facilitators and peer experiences provide a high level of satisfaction.