Is He Useless, or Can He Change?

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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

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

Dad’s Last Day

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Jackie Sanchez faces her father’s alcoholism.

My Prison Part II

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

My Uncle’s DUI

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

He’s Never Coming Back

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

I am the Fetus of an Affair

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

Why I Couldn’t Leave

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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

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“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

Creativity and How A Zombie Ate my Brains

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Yes! A zombie must have eaten my brains, another creative metaphor for inspiration.

Our History

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

Walked in Blind

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

Brotherhood

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Anthony Rios pays tribute to his primary male role model. His brother.

War Zone, That’s Where I’m From

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P.O.P.S. writer Kei’Arri McGruder hits hard with cold truth about survival

P.O.P.S. Special Significance to a Student

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Venice High School has an amazing club called Pain of the Prison System, also known as P.O.P.S.

Innocent

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Family tension can lead to false allegations of abuse, Mariana Hernandez saw her father face the charges.