Our Story

TAP is an acronym that stands for "The Acceptance Project." We are a student-run and student-led organization, founded as a club in 2017 at Stroudsburg Junior High School. Following the 2016 presidential election, our school lacked the adequate time and environment for students to have constructive and civil dialogue about the divisive issues facing the nation and the world.

 

TAP sought to combat this issue head-on. TAP gave students the time, environment, and opportunity to discuss the great social and political issues facing the world, nation, and community. As a result, students were able to engage in their differences through productive and civil dialogue grounded in the lived experiences of their peers. 

𝘍𝘢𝘤𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘭 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘈𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢'𝘴 𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩 𝘴𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘭𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘤 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴, 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬𝘦𝘳𝘴.

Our Mission

The mission statement of TAP is "Facilitating civil discourse in America's high schools, and creating a new generation of empathic leaders, active listeners, and critical thinkers." The goal of our discussions is not to come up with solutions or even to agree. It's to provide students with the opportunity to develop the courage to continue having difficult conversations on the issues that matter. Through dialogue, TAP is able to create thoughtful, empathetic, and engaged citizens, empowered with the experience and skills necessary to successfully impact our nation's ability to engage in civil discourse.

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Our Results

  • 77% retention rate

  • Average of 30 students for each dialogue session

  • Over 200 new members and growing

  • 93% of students said that they were more comfortable expressing their views

  • 90% of students said that TAP enriched their dialogue experiences 

  • 95% of students felt that TAP enhanced their viewpoints on controversial topics

What Makes us Unique

 Organizations that foster civil discourse do not serve high school students from low-income rural communities. By facilitating civil discourse in rural America’s public schools through a cost-free extracurricular model, TAP makes dialogue more accessible and affordable.

Another reason why civil discourse does not exist on high school campuses is that teachers/administrators are discouraged from engaging their classes' in controversial discussions. However, because TAP chapters are student mediated public high schools need not fear any potential parental backlash.  

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