Kids and youngsters of the POPS CLUBS share their story. Read what amazing experiences have led them to live a happier life.

Making My Mark


by Kai Salazar I want to leave a mark on everyone I meet. I want to share a little piece of myself every time someone talks to me. I want to be so crazy famous that people talk about me for hundreds of years. I want someone to cry tears of happiness after seeing me

Making My Mark2023-12-01T23:42:34+00:00

Everything is transient and so are you


by Jimmie Harmon i have these fleeting moments of freedom points in time where i’m soaring They’re always fleeting but the feeling lingers, i can’t place why or how they come about, but it’s freeing, like i’ve been living wrong up until this point i strive for this feeling daily but i’ve yet to bring

Everything is transient and so are you2023-12-01T23:15:50+00:00

–Walter Mosley and Me–


I live in South Central Los Angeles and experience an endless cycle of tension, waiting for something bad to happen. Gunshots ring out at random moments. Helicopters circle overhead in the dead of night and sometimes during the day. Police slowly cruise the streets staring out their squad car windows, and they make me feel

–Walter Mosley and Me–2019-03-27T19:52:53+00:00



I’ve been experimenting. I’ve been around. I’ve been lost and I’ve been found. I’ve been through hell and back. I’ve been broke and I’ve been with stacks. I’ve been through drama, I’ve been in hospitals, injuries to me and my mama. I’ve been defeated by my own conscience. I’ve been victorious on other occasions. I’ve


Missed a Visit


Every winter break I visit my family in my hometown Dallas, Texas. My grandma kept telling me about how she was going to visit my mom, and she really wanted me to go. I kept pushing it off, telling her I would think about it, but I knew it wasn’t like she could force me

Missed a Visit2018-09-03T18:03:50+00:00

From Us to Them


How could she? I was only gone for a second. Or was it a year? A year that felt like a century. I had been replaced faster than I could blink. I see them together and I feel a sharp pain in my back; red, hot, blood pouring—and I catch a glimpse of a giant

From Us to Them2018-08-08T17:19:53+00:00

Life Changed


Regardless of the circumstances, what happened last year changed my life for the better. Walking towards the car where my mother was waiting after school on April 25, 2015, the sun felt warm on my shoulders. The sun was shining brightly at 3 o’clock. We drove off, heading to my grandma’s house as we usually

Life Changed2018-08-08T19:49:36+00:00

Ocean Breeze


I feel the ocean breeze Kicking back and smoking bomb tree Thinking of this world as a killing disease Like the air for the Japanese I know I got no school degree Not middle or even elementary But f__ it, I’m doing just fine eating seeds My mom saying don’t leave mi hijo, please With

Ocean Breeze2018-08-08T17:03:58+00:00
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