is to establish and sustain high school clubs for students who have been impacted in any way by the pain of the prison system. Our clubs nourish, empower, and inspire through creative expression, emotional support, and development of community. We foster healing and empowerment among the students we serve, providing them with the tools and confidence to educate the broader community.


No one shall struggle alone or bear the shame, stigma and sorrow
too often connected to those who endure the pain of the prison system.


Interview with POPS the Club Founder, Amy Friedman,
on the origins of the club

Spark Off Rose & POPS the Club at the Kirk Douglas Theatre,
June 2016

Barnes & Noble Reading

Our POPS anthologies reflect the world in which the young people whose loved ones are incarcerated live, work and study. Their words and artwork vividly illustrate what it is to grow up without a parent, a sibling, a favorite uncle or best friend. The young people of POPS the Club contribute to the vibrancy of their schools and communities through their eloquence, and our books will deepen your understanding. Please help to support our work and broaden your understanding by purchasing copies.

If you’re interested in reading the work created by POPS students everywhere, you can purchase a copies of our anthologies here:

Bulk orders are also available by contacting Amy Friedman amy@popstheclub.com.


POPS the Club provides a space for high school students struggling with the Pain of the Prison System.


Success Stories

There’s much to celebrate at POPS the Club as we come to schools across the country, prepare for the launch of our 2017 Anthology, Cracked Masks and ready ourselves for our September 10 gala fundraiser.


Success Stories

Each week this website will feature a new story by a POPS the Club student from one of our campuses.