I believe that the first step in leading sustainable community development is investing in our youth and creating spaces where they can build on their abilities, set goals for themselves and discover along their journey what steps they can take to have a positive impact on their future.
POPS helps young people in Orange County facing social, economic and environmental barriers to successfully defy the odds. Since our inception in 2001, we have provided resources to guide more than 5,000 multi-cultural at-risk students and youth from low-income communities in completing high school, pursuing a post-secondary education and gainful employment.
We are thankful for our local partners, who through their continued support allow us to offer our students opportunities to develop employable skills through our paid summer internship program, college tours and skill building workshops. These local partnerships are essential to our mission; they help support our families by giving students access to cultural enrichment and connecting them to role models who are engaged in their communities in meaningful ways.