Transform teens who have family in prison

by POPStheclub.com, Inc. (DBA POPS the Club)
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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
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

Each year POPS publishes a book collection of the poetry, stories, and artwork created by members, graduates, volunteers, and other partners of POPS the Club. This past April, POPS released its eighth POPS anthology from Out Of the Woods Press, Dear Friends. This collection focuses on how club members and graduates dealt with various issues, including isolation and loneliness, during the Covid 19 pandemic. Current club members, graduates, and others submitted multiple works, including poetry, prose, photography, and other artwork.

Along with Dear Friends, POPS has also made previous editions of the anthology available. Dreamcatchers, In the Key of Love, We Got Game, Runaway Thoughts, Cracked Masks, Before There Were Bars, and Ghetto by the Sea are available along with our latest release. 

POPS is holding its 3rd annual Virtual 5K in honor of Father's Day and recognition of incarcerated fathers. Participants can walk, jog, run or even skip to help raise money to support our arts-based programs. Participants include staff, board members, students, volunteers, and community partners who will be in their communities between now and June 27th.

Eye See You by Anonymous
Eye See You by Anonymous
Self-Portrait by Janna Rae Nieto
Self-Portrait by Janna Rae Nieto
Blooms by Kennedy King
Blooms by Kennedy King

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Julian Izaguirre - From West Los to Crenshaw
Julian Izaguirre - From West Los to Crenshaw

Despite the challenges brought on by COVID-19, POPS has been working hard to provide program and technical support to its partner schools while also respecting each school's new policies. Starting in Fall 2021, 11 POPS clubs relaunched in-person programming, and we plan to continue relaunching clubs at schools throughout the Spring and Fall 2022 semesters. Also, during this time, we have onboarded five new volunteers passionate about POPS's mission and eager to assist with programming.

POPS has developed partnerships with several new organizations, including the Pathfinder Network, an Oregon nonprofit, and Health and Anti-Recidivism Project (HAARP), a student-led organization at UCSD that focuses on anti-recidivism. The Pathfinder Network will provide POPS programming to high schoolers in the area, and 16 staff members have been trained on POPS programs and facilitation skills. HAARP will provide POPS students tutoring, book clubs, and speaker panels.

POPS the Club will be holding a Virtual Wine Tasting on March 16th hosted by comedian and activist Shahera Hyatt, sponsored by Voluptuary and Lucid Wines. Wine and food kits will be available for order, and a portion of the proceeds from kit sales will go to POPS. Voluptuary and Lucid Wines will also match direct donations made via the site!

The eighth POPS anthology from Out Of the Woods Press, Dear Friends, is on its way. This collection will focus on how club members and graduates cope during the Covid 19 pandemic. Current club members and graduates have submitted various works, including poetry, prose, photography, and other artwork, to be released in early May.

Rah-San Bailey - Covid Moon
Rah-San Bailey - Covid Moon
Kennedy King - Flower in Hand
Kennedy King - Flower in Hand

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Untitled by Nathalie Gonzalez
Untitled by Nathalie Gonzalez

POPS Summer Clubs began meeting virtually in June, allowing members to attend special marketing and design workshops, mindfulness classes, and talk with guest speaker Miss USA 2020 Asya Branch. An advocate for criminal justice reform, Branch was crowned Miss USA 2020 and made history as the first Black Miss Mississippi and the first Miss Mississippi to win the crown.

POPS has finished compiling submissions for the eighth anthology from Out Of the Woods Press, Dear Friends. Current club members and graduates have submitted various works, including poetry, prose, photography, and other artwork, to be released in April 2022. This collection will focus on how club members and graduates are coping during the Covid 19 pandemic.

The connection between POPS and community partner Great White has grown stronger as they now provide lunch for the Venice High School club meetings. Introduced initially to POPS by a volunteer, Great White, a neighborhood-focused, coastal-Californian cafe in Venice Beach, began the partnership by launching POPS coffee. With each purchase of
POPS coffee, part of the proceeds went to support POPS clubs. The new weekly lunch donations for Venice High School club meetings will allow POPS to provide a safe and welcoming POPS experience.

Friends Forever by Justin Casteneda
Friends Forever by Justin Casteneda
Ice by Kennedy King
Ice by Kennedy King
Form One by Rinah Gallo
Form One by Rinah Gallo

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My Earth by Nathalie G.
My Earth by Nathalie G.

On March 6th, we celebrated Dream Catchers, POPS the Club's seventh anthology from Out of the Woods Press, with a book launch and silent auction. Attendees enjoyed an evening of music, poetry, dance, and stories, with imaginative performances by POPS students and grads. The silent auction featured artwork by club members, offering an opportunity to the public to purchase a unique piece. We appreciate everyone who joined us to celebrate our club members' brilliant achievements.

Also, in March, POPS partnered up with SNAP Inc., and volunteers from Snapchat spoke at some of our virtual clubs. Our students were able to get a glimpse into the tech world and ask about the career opportunities available in the industry. Speakers talked about positions in marketing & finance and also about their work experiences before SNAP. One speaker shared that she created her own POPS club at SNAP, where they meet every week and hold a safe space to talk about anything on their mind. Our students loved hearing about the many different possibilities, and volunteers shared that after their experience at Snap, they're ready to go on to college.

POPS held an ALL-DAY Virtual 5K on June 19th in honor of Father's Day and recognition of incarcerated fathers. Participants were able to walk or run at their preferred location at their own pace with the support of donors to reach our fundraising goal. All participants wore customizable POPS runner's bibs to show their support while out in their communities. Our goal of $5000 was met and exceeded by the generous donors in support of participants. We thank all who participated or donated to this vital cause, as this support means everything to us and our club members.

POPS Summer Clubs began meeting virtually on June 22nd and will run through August 10th. Clubs meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30 - 1:30 PM for special marketing and design workshops, mindfulness classes, and more. On July 6th, Miss USA 2020 Asya Branch will join the club as a guest speaker. An advocate for criminal justice reform, Branch was crowned Miss USA 2020 and made history as the first Black Miss Mississippi and the first Miss Mississippi to win the crown.

POPS is currently compiling submissions for the eighth anthology from Out Of the Woods Press, Dear Friends. Current club members and graduates have submitted various works, including poetry, prose, photography, and other artwork that will be released in April 2022. This collection will focus on how club members and graduates are coping during the Covid 19 pandemic.

Love Your Parents by Janna R.
Love Your Parents by Janna R.
Blooms by Kennedy K.
Blooms by Kennedy K.
Turning Head by Rinah G.
Turning Head by Rinah G.

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Released on January 12, 2021, Dream Catchers, the seventh anthology from POPS the Club, is an enlightening and inspiring collection of art, prose, and poetry by high-school students with a unique perspective in dealing with the carceral system. In its second press run after quickly selling out the first, the anthology represents a year of reconfigured community building, self-expression, and resilience. Each book sold supports the clubs and its members to continue to have a safe space to express themselves, form friendships with other club members, and relationships with adult mentors.

Over the past year, many students have been tasked with providing financial assistance or childcare for their families. This has led to feelings of isolation and disconnect. Though POPS regular club meetings were unable to be held, donations have allowed more staff to refocus their time into direct student contact, personally reaching out to individuals to keep them engaged. Social media has also played a large part in keeping students involved and connected as not all students have access to wi-fi and computers for Zoom events.

As a celebration of the hard work and perseverance of club members, POPS the Clubs is honoring members with an online book launch event. An Evening with the Dream Catchers will include imaginative performances and a silent auction featuring artwork by club members and POPS teaching artists, offering you an opportunity to show your support by purchasing a piece of unique artwork. If you would like to hear directly from the students and see what they have created, please consider joining us. 

Looking ahead, we will continue to engage with students in any way we can, making sure that they still feel connected, heard, and supported. Upcoming initiatives include preparing for the next anthology, mini-fundraising via t-shirt sales, and other online events. Your support will allow POPS's to continue to create a safe and empowering community for youth impacted by the prison system.

"Confusing Journey" by Nicole B.
"Confusing Journey" by Nicole B.
"Close" by Alba N.
"Close" by Alba N.
"In the Room" by Chris W
"In the Room" by Chris W
Photo by Reggie H.
Photo by Reggie H.

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POPStheclub.com, Inc. (DBA POPS the Club)

Location: Los Angeles, CA - USA
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Amy Friedman
Los Angeles, CA United States
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