POPS (Pains of the Prison System) is seeking Volunteers!

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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.



POPS (Pains of the Prison System) the Club started in 2013 at Venice High School as a method of enhancing the lives of students who have been impacted by incarceration - either through family, friends, or personal history. POPS establishes and sustains high school clubs that offer students community and emotional support as well as opportunities to publish writings and artwork they create through the club. Once a week, POPS students meet for lunch - usually provided for free as a collaboration between POPS Central and a local restaurants - in a safe space where students are able to combat the shame, stigmas, and sorrows they feel and face at their own pace.

This is where you come in!

POPS is expanding! We are actively seeking volunteers to help run and maintain clubs in the following schools:

1. Lawndale High School (Tuesdays at 11:15 - 11:45am)
2. James Monroe High School (Wednesdays at 12:30 - 1pm)
3. LA High School (TBA)
4. Sonia Sotomayor High School (Mondays at 12:35 - 1:05pm)
5. Santa Monica High School (TBA)
6. Culver High School (Tuesdays at 12:30 - 1pm*)
7. Venice High School (Wednesdays at 12:30 - 1pm*)
8. El Camino High School (Wednesdays at 12:30 - 1pm*)
9. LA High School for the Arts (Mondays at 12:30 - 1pm)

Launching Soon: Peninsula High School; LA High School; Santa Monica High School

* indicates need for back-up/emergency volunteers only at this time.

What will I do as a volunteer?

POPS volunteers help club meetings run as smoothly as possible. Duties include picking up lunches from the local restaurants/providers, helping teacher-sponsors with club management and post-club clean-up, guest speaker scheduling, assisting with the writing program, and more. While your time commitment each week is short, the impact you have on each student is profound!

There are also opportunities for folks to volunteer as a guest speaker or guest workshop host. If you have a story, specialty, or skill you would like to share, please let us know!

How do I volunteer?

Attend a volunteer training. Trainings are scheduled typically twice a month, with remote attendance opportunities becoming available. You can attend training at any time, even if you are just interested in coming to learn more about POPS! Sign up here: http://signup.com/go/JLmBia

Each school has their own processes for volunteers, but we will assist you through their process and get you started as quickly as possible.

For more information about POPS and/or volunteering, visit us online at www.popstheclub.com or contact the Volunteer Coordinator Meryah Fisher at meryah@popstheclub.com.


  • People Skills
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Youth Services
  • Customer Service

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 30-60 minutes per week; 6 months+ preferrred
  • TB test/assessment for in-club volunteers (excludes guest speakers/hosts); Driver's License helpful.

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