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POPS the Club


POPS stands for pain of the prison system and POPS the Club stands for healing that pain for teens in high schools.

POPS creates, oversees and supports clubs that meet weekly throughout the academic year in high schools. POPS was created to support students who have been impacted by the prison, jail and detention systems. Most club members have parents and/or other loved ones (siblings, friends, cousins, uncles, aunts...) who are or have been incarcerated; some students have been incarcerated. POPS students include those with family members who have been detained and/or deported. Needless to say, sorrow, pain and anger afflict students as a result of the loss they have experienced, and oftentimes as a result of the stigma they have faced. But in the safe space that a POPS Club is, resilience, intelligence, warmth, comradeship and kindness reign, and meetings are often joyful and deeply meaningful. Finding a place where these young people count, where people see and hear and welcome them, provides enormous relief, as do the opportunities to express themselves-in conversation, in writing, in artwork, and in performance (all part of the POPS curriculum).

POPS is looking for volunteers for our Tuesday meetings from 11:13am-11:48am. This opportunity will be starting at the beginning of September and continue through the end of the academic year (June of 2020).

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About POPS the Club


1625 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90015, US

Mission Statement

The mission of POPS the Club is to create a safe, empowering space in high schools for the children and other loved ones of the incarcerated. POPS uses self-expression, self-empowerment and community engagement to transform stigma and shame into hope and dignity.


POPS (Pains of the Prison System) the Club started in 2013 at Venice High School as a method of transforming the stigma and shame that affects youth who have loved ones in prison to hope and healing. POPS stands for Pain of the Prison System. POPS was established as a 501 c 3 in early 2014, and as of June 2019, clubs have been established in eight high schools in Los Angeles, with pilots in Atlanta, Georgia, New York City, Baltimore, Maryland and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. POPS publishes an annual anthology of POPS students' (and graduates') writings and artwork. Our goal is to bring the POPS program to high schools across the country. The impact of the support of peers, a curriculum focused on self-expression (writing and artwork), self-empowerment (mindfulness) and community engagement (with a vast roster of guest speakers) has been profoundly healing.

Below please find links to a few stories that help to tell the tale.

LA Weekly

Edutopia Magazine

NPR Press Play


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14901 S. Inglewood Ave.Lawndale, CA 90260



  • Youth Services
  • Reading / Writing
  • Storytelling


  • Teens


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • One hour/week through the academic school year.
  • TB test, Livescan and Training.

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