TRANSFORM LIVES

POPS heals youth hurt by incarceration.

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POPS the Club cultivates an inclusive space for youth who have been stigmatized and silenced by their experiences with the carceral system. Our clubs build positive self-identity through peer and adult support and understanding fostered by shared experiences. We empower students to achieve their full potential by building a loving community and encouraging self-expression.

OUR VALUES

Pain Becomes Power

WHAT WE DO

We operate clubs in 19 schools in 5 states

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TRANSFORM A LIFE TODAY

By providing a safe and nurturing community you can relieve the silent suffering of a child. Imagine a place where pain transforms into resilience and those who were once silent and stigmatized lift their voices to become compassionate community leaders. That place is POPS the Club.

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DREAMCATCHERS

“I’m awed by the unity of thought, feelings, and words that the writing in Dreamcatchers,  by the youth of POPS the Club, forges against the odds. The writing is initiatory, engaging the mythic imagination inherent in us all, and birthing the new and unique the way all community-based initiations should do. The POPS anthologies are examples of the transformation possible in all wounds, making them wombs of new life, energy, and dreams, instead of tombs of the dead things we tend to carry when we don’t let them go.”
Luis J. Rodriguez

Readers will connect to many of the major themes, including navigating change, overcoming adversity, advocating for social justice, and questioning one’s place in the world…  Overall, their contributions are lyrical, haunting, and poignant…

Birds sing outside cages: Overall hopeful selections inspire a desire to rethink justice and enact change.

Kirkus Reviews