POPS the Club transforms shame and stigma into hope and healing for teens who are struggling with the Pain of the Prison System. In weekly club meetings, young people with loved ones in prison, jail and detention discover they are not alone. In the sacred space that is a POPS club meeting, members create community, share their stories, and to listen others'. We break bread, make art, write, engage in mindfulness exercises, invite guest speakers and publish and perform our stories and poems.
Most students who attend POPS the Club meetings have dealt, or are dealing with, the incarceration of a parent, sibling, other family member, or a friend. Some have themselves experienced incarceration.
The POPS curriculum focuses on self-expression (writing, drawing, photography, performance); self-healing (mindfulness); and community engagement (sharing questions and concerns, listening to speakers, speaking to middle schoolers, forums and others). POPS stories and poems are published in an annual award-winning anthology and weekly is published on The Good Men Project.
Since launching in early 2013, POPS has grown from a single club at Venice High School in Los Angeles to schools across Los Angeles, Pennsylvania, Atlanta and New York, and our expansion will continue. Your support is critical to our continued success.
Your donations help us to publish our anthologies, to design and distribute these books; to provide lunch for each club; to train volunteers and teachers; to develop our curriculum and create events to feature our students.
We thank you sincerely for your contribution to POPS the Club!