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

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ORGANIZATION: 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 New Village Girls Academy's meetings, which are held on Mondays from 11:55am to 12:40pm.

This opportunity will start at the end of February and continue through the end of the academic year (May 2022).

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About POPS the Club

Location:

PO Box 93188, Los Angeles, CA 90093, US

Mission Statement

POPS Clubs support youth who have been impacted by incarceration to move past the challenges they face due to their experiences with the criminal justice system.

Description

POPS (Pains of the Prison System) the Club started in 2013 at Venice High School as a method of supporting youth who have loved ones in prison to hope and healing. 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, as well as in Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania, Alaska, and Oregon. 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, mindfulness, and community engagement 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

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Arts & Culture
Children & Youth
Advocacy & Human Rights, Arts & Culture, Children & Youth

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

New Village Girls Academy147 North Occidental BoulevardLos Angeles, CA 90026

(34.07153,-118.27984)
 

SKILLS

GOOD FOR

  • Teens

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • About 1 hour per week
  • TB test

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