Transform teens who have family in prison

by, Inc. (DBA POPS the Club) Vetted since 2018 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit
Transform teens who have family in prison
Transform teens who have family in prison
Transform teens who have family in prison
Transform teens who have family in prison
Transform teens who have family in prison
Transform teens who have family in prison
Transform teens who have family in prison
Transform teens who have family in prison
Transform teens who have family in prison


This project supports teenagers with loved ones in prison. One in 15 children in the US has or has had a parent in prison. Too often, they feel stigmatized, shamed and silenced. POPS (Pain of the Prison system) transforms these young people by creating high school clubs, sacred spaces where students are nurtured, nourished and create community. Our publishing program offers a platform for students to tell their stories and thus teach others about the true impact of mass incarceration.

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The growing number of children with an incarcerated parent represents one of the most significant collateral consequences of the record prison population in the U.S. More than 2.7 million children in the U.S. have an incarcerated parent and approximately 10 million children have experienced parental incarceration at some point in their lives. These numbers expand exponentially when they include our population with siblings and other loved ones inside, and returnees from juvenile detention


The solution, truly, is the end of mass incarceration, and these young people are equipped with more wisdom than they know. Too often they do not speak their truths because they are cowed by shame. In our clubs, through shared meals, conversation, mindfulness exercises, writing and making art, students find their power, and their voices grow strong. Every POPS student has an opportunity to publish his or her work with our publishing partners and in our anthologies--and they become our teachers.

Long-Term Impact

We just celebrated our five-year anniversary and in those years have grown from a club at one high school in Southern California to 16 clubs nationwide, including Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Maryland. We are working hard to meet the need across the country--and the larger and stronger we become, the more likely it is these strong advocates will make a difference in the way our nation misunderstands and misrepresents those hobbled by our addiction to incarceration.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).


The Essence of POPS the Club
POPS volunteer John Rodriguez on POPS the Club

Organization Information, Inc. (DBA POPS the Club)

Location: Marina Del Rey, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @popstheclub
Project Leader:
Amy Friedman
Marina Del Rey, CA United States
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