When Will He Get Out?


The day my whole life changed was when my father was jailed for the second time.

Was I an Athlete Headed to Vegas or a Juvenile Headed to Jail?

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I was a sixteen-year-old kid looking forward to celebrating his seventeenth birthday later that week.

I am a Soldier in this Cold World


Alberto Hernandez and other young men in Mid City, LA can’t escape the reality of trauma and race.

Alcohol, Guns, and Death: Trying to Become a Man


Randy Chavez explains how three critical years in his life have lead him to some promises.

Looking Back When Your Neck Doesn’t Agree


John Rodriguez shares some boyhood memories where he felt stuck.

Is He Useless, or Can He Change?


Leo Cruz is facing the future, and he is not sure where, who, or how he will be able to change.

Counting Down Backward on the Ladder to Manhood


17-year-old Anthony Cortez looks back on the ways he thought he was becoming a man.

Dad’s Last Day


Jackie Sanchez faces her father’s alcoholism.

My Prison Part II


Tyanni Gomez revisits the theme of prison and pain. Is there a chance for release?

My Uncle’s DUI


Alejandra Ruiz is concerned for her father in the face of an uncles DUI.

He’s Never Coming Back


Counting the years back shows the track to the border of familial seperation

I am the Fetus of an Affair


Elia Espinosa confronts herself about the man who provided the other half of her genetic material.

Why I Couldn’t Leave


POPS the Club recognizes and celebrates our students’ talents, ideas and points of view, and we create a community that does not allow stigma or suffering to silence us.

I Have Always been Searching for a Father


“The ability for students to express feelings about their circumstances that POPS provides is perhaps one of the most powerful educational tools for self-awareness in existence.” —Robert Barton, California’s Inspector General

Our History


Dannie Maddox gives us a count down to take us back step by step to her birth

Walked in Blind


What do you do when anxiety can attack at any moment?