At its core, STAND’s mission is to empower individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and end mass atrocities and genocide. The first STAND chapter formed at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. in 2004, just a few weeks after President George W. Bush called Darfur “genocide”, and one year after the fighting broke out in Darfur, Sudan. In the fastest-growing and largest student movement since the anti-apartheid movement. By the end of 2005, STAND chapters had sprung up at more than 300 colleges nationwide. At its peak, STAND boasted an international network of more than 700 chapters around the globe. STAND has not expanded its membership to include High School Students. Palm Beach Central’s TAG is an active member.
STAND began as an acronym for “Students Taking Action Now: Darfur”, but since 2009, their mission has expanded globally- to end and prevent genocide and mass atrocities wherever they may occur. Today we continue to focus on Sudan and South Sudan, but we also focus on four other areas: Burma, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Syria. In addition to our conflict-specific focus, we promote long-term policy solutions to prevent genocide, working with the U.S. government to prevent and mitigate mass atrocities, focus on civilian protection in ongoing conflict, and invest in long-term peace-building across the globe.