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

For more than 17 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.

During the 2017-2018 school year POPS worked with 85 high school students – and 36 were seniors. We are happy to report that all 36 students are now high school graduates, and have been accepted into college which they will begin this fall.

Walter Hawkins
Ghenet Sequar
Member of the Board
Corey Lamb
Member of the Board
Jessica Burns
Member of the Board
Mark Lewis