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POPS is a network of school clubs. We are a community of students, teachers and their friends who are creating a safe and nurturing community for those who have endured the Pain of the Prison System


POPS the club provides a space for high school students struggling with the Pain of the Prison Sytem. We offer a place to come together to share our stories and to hear the stories of others.

Too often shame and stigma silence both those with loved ones who are incarcerated and those whose lives have otherwise crossed paths with the justice system. 

POPS the club vanquishes that shame and stigma and offers joy and wisdom, hope and friendship., Inc. is a registered California nonprofit. Our website and our publications are the hub linking P.O.P.S. clubs across the country.

If you are interested in bringing a POPS club to your school, please write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or write to us at:, Inc.
PO Box 10461
Marina Del Rey, California 90295

Write to us to order your copy or our anthologies or you can order here:

Ghetto By the Sea at Amazon
Runaway Thoughts at Amazon
Ghetto By the Sea at Barnes & Noble
Runaway Thoughts at Barnes & Noble
Also available through Ingram Spark Lightning Source

Read about our origins here Zocalo Public Square 

Read about our founders in Witness L.A.

Read Diane Lefer's powerful story on children with incarcerated parents LA Progressive

Listen to us in conversation with NPR's Madeleine Brand on Press Play POPS the Club

Read about us in the November issue of California Educator Magazine (pages 47-48)

Read Sarah D. Sparks's powerful story about the impact of parental incarceration and POPStheclub in the February edition of Education Week  

Read about the impact of parental incarceration on children in Psychology Today

POPS the Club wishes to thank Tim Allen, Lowell Sanders, Frazer Smith and Jamie Masada at The Laugh Factory for making our first fundraiser so wonderful!


"POPS the club should be in every high school in California." -- Robert Barton, Inspector General of California

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