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Seeking weekly volunteer to help facilitate weekly club for students impacted by incarceration

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POPS the Club

Pain of the Prison System (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 carceral system. Most club members have parents and/or other loved ones who are or have been incarcerated; some students have been incarcerated themselves; and a number of students have family members who have been detained and/or deported. Needless to say, these students face a significant amount of stigma and loss. But in POPS clubs, students begin to recognize their own resilience while building supportive relationships with their peers. The POPS curriculum encourages students to find and use their voices in conversation, writing, artwork, and other types of creative expression.

POPS is looking for volunteers for Bronx Academy of Letters' Thursday meetings from 2:00pm-2:50pm.

This opportunity will start at the beginning of November and continue through the end of the academic year (June 2022).

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About POPS the Club

Location:

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.

Description

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
https://www.laweekly.com/a-lit-club-at-venice-high-school-is-transforming-students-harmed-by-mass-incarceration/

Edutopia Magazine
https://popsclubs.org/2019/02/04/https-www-edutopia-org-article-locked-away-toll-mass-incarceration-students/

NPR Press Play
https://www.kcrw.com/news/shows/press-play-with-madeleine-brand/families-of-prisoners-reality-tv-culture-and-water-rules/teens-with-family-in-prison

Advocacy & Human Rights
Arts & Culture
Children & Youth

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

339 Morris Ave.Bronx, NY 10451

(40.81366,-73.926)
 

SKILLS

GOOD FOR

  • Teens

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • About 1-2 hours per week
  • TB Test

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