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In-School Volunteer for Students Impacted by Incarceration

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ORGANIZATION: POPS the Club

Two POPS Students
Two of our POPS students in their t-shirts.

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 Los Angeles High School of the Arts’ weekly meetings (date and time TBD). This opportunity will begin in Fall 2022 and continue through the academic year.

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About POPS the Club

Location:

PO Box 93188, Los Angeles, CA 90093, US

Mission Statement

The mission of POPS the Club is to support youth impacted by incarceration and confront the challenges they experience. Through arts-based programs, POPS creates a safe, empowering space for these youth, transforming stigma into hope and dignity so they can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally, now and as adults.

Description

POPS 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, and 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, 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

Los Angeles High School of the Arts701 South Catalina StreetLos Angeles, CA 90005

(34.06011,-118.29661)
 

SKILLS

  • Youth Services
  • Organization
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • About 1 hour per week
  • TB Test

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