2017 POPS Board of Directors
Message from the Chairman of the Board – Walter Hawkins

For more than 15 years, we have worked to establish resources throughout Orange County to assist schools in identifying at-risk students and young people from low-income communities and provide them with the support they need, in partnership with their families as well as local businesses to accomplish their personal development and academic achievement goals.

The phrase ‘It takes a village to raise a child,’ truly represents how POPS operates. We have established a dynamic community engagement model that unifies schools, families and businesses in addressing issues affecting local youth.

Throughout the years, we have strived to influence a positive transition into adulthood for our students. Through programs rooted in civic responsibility, career and post-secondary exploration, college tours, early job experiences and character and other life skills building POPS is able to contribute to their success as emerging citizens.

One of the main reasons our customized approach has been effective in encouraging students to seek excellence, is that POPS recognizes the importance of relatable role models.  Not only does POPS help our students transition through high school  to graduation; but POPS promotes the pursuit of higher learning which defines sustainable career paths for themselves.  It gives each student a formula for success into the community at large.

Walter Hawkins
Vice Chairman
Teresa Arthur
Ghenet Sequar
Member of the Board
Corey Lamb
Member of the Board
Jessica Burns
Member of the Board
Keith Farmer
Member of the Board
Sam Davis
Member of the Board
Mark Lewis
Member of the Board
Kimberly Brown
Member of the Board
Heather Trick