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Our Mission is to enhance the lives of those students who have been impacted by the pain of the prison system--those with incarcerated loved ones and those who have been incarcerated themselves. We establish and support clubs in schools across the country, offering students community and emotional support as well as opportunities to publish their artwork and writings created through the clubs. Vision: No one shall have to struggle alone or bear the shame, stigma and sorrow too often connected to those who endure the pain of the prison system.
POPS (Pains of the Prison System) the Club started in 2013 at Venice High School as a method of enhancing the lives of students who have been impacted by incarceration - either through family, friends, or personal history. POPS establishes and sustains high school clubs that offer students community and emotional support as well as opportunities to publish writings and artwork they create through the club. Once a week, POPS students meet for lunch - usually provided for free as a collaboration between POPS Central and a local restaurants - in a safe space where students are able to combat the shame, stigmas, and sorrows they feel and face at their own pace.