In-School Volunteer for Students Impacted by Incarceration Parkrose High School

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ORGANIZATION: POPS the Club

The PATHfinder Club (TPC) creates, oversees and supports clubs that meet weekly throughout the academic year in high schools. TPC was created to support students who have been impacted incarceration, deportation and detention. 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 TPC clubs, students begin to recognize their own resilience while building supportive relationships with their peers. The TPC curriculum encourages students to find and use their voices in conversation, writing, artwork, and other types of creative expression.

TPC is looking for volunteers for Parkrose High School meetings, theses meetings are held once week on Thursday after school. This opportunity will start in Fall 2023 and continue through the end of the academic year.

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About POPS the Club

Location:

7305 NE Glisan, Portland, OR 97213, 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

Children & Youth
Community
Children & Youth, Community

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

12003 Northeast Shaver StreetPortland, OR 97220

(45.55275,-122.53983)
 

SKILLS

  • Youth Services
  • Theater Arts
  • Photography
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Reading / Writing

GOOD FOR

  • Teens

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training

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