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THE POWER OF SELF-EXPRESSION

The students and graduates of POPS the Club have educated, inspired, and motivated their fellow students, their teachers, their parents, their communities and strangers with their wisdom and the deep truths expressed in their conversation, in their writing, and in their artwork. Sampled here are the many ways we share our powerful stories. POPS students are also published weekly on the Good Men Project .

POPS VOICES

STUDENT WRITING

A small sampling of the powerful stories and poems produced by the students of POPS. For a more comprehensive collection, we invite you to read our anthologies and visit the Good Men Project, which publishes the work of a POPS student each week.

POPS NEWSLETTER

OUR QUARTERLY LETTER

Get to know more about our organization and the students we serve. We will keep you updated on our growth, success, and introduce you to resilient POPS club members through their powerful histories and stories. Find out more about our upcoming events and other ways to make a difference in young lives.

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POPS ART

VISUAL ART

POPS students tell their stories in many different forms–some write, some sing, some dance, and some of the most powerful tales are evident in the drawings and paintings they create.

POPS FILMS

We live in a visual world and POPS students performances on film has expanded the reach of their work. We invite you to share this experience made possible through the generosity of filmmakers, filmmaking teachers, and funders. To view all our video content, please visit our VIMEO and YouTube platforms.

POPS PUBLISHING

ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY

Each year POPS publishes a book collection of the poetry, stories and artwork created by members of POPS the Club. These books are healing for families, relished by students from elementary school through college, described by wardens as rehabilitation tools, and praised by librarians and educators. As POPS expands, so will the number of publications.

POPS stories change hearts and minds.

I picked up the POPS anthologies and prepared to experience the cute efforts of poor little kids. By the second page I had a fist in my throat and burning eyes. I was laugh-choking silently. I felt transported by the vulnerability and grace of the poetry to a pre-cynical place wiser than all the news in my feed. The POPS anthologies are a masterpiece of light-handed art: stories and perspectives from the children who pay the price of a growing carceral state. Reading this work forces us to see the human deficit of torn families and spirals of harm our worship of non-restorative procedural justice propagates. Above all, the bittersweet richness in these books comes from the hope and resilience present on the page. Without shame, the young writers present in these pages use their skill and clarity to find both solace for themselves, and salvation for all of us.

Robert Pollock, teaching artist and Prison and Justice Writing Program Manager, PEN America

POPS NEWS

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POPS EVENTS

Photos of our book launches, galas and other community events.

More Photos From POPS Events

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Mass incarceration is an issue that affects everyone. Here are some reliable resources to understand the scope of the problem.

The Marshall Project

The National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated

The Edward Hazen Foundation

The Million Dollar Hood Project 

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