POPS the Club
Volunteer: Claire LaZebnik
POPS the Club creates a safe, empowering space in high schools for the children and other loved ones of the incarcerated. POPS uses self-expression, self-empowerment and community engagement to transform stigma and shame into hope and dignity.
An author and mother of four, Claire LaZebnik was looking for something meaningful to do as her youngest son prepared to leave for college. She began her volunteering at POPS the Club’s recently launched Santa Monica High School club, where she quickly became the lead volunteer. She serves lunch, leads group discussions, conducts writing workshops, and facilitates mindfulness lessons, as well as supports the club’s elected student leader in guiding meetings, welcoming guest speakers, and guiding the Q&As following presentations. Claire is “passionate about the importance of giving these students room to talk to explore, to write, and ultimately to heal.” Her dedication and responsibilities have only deepened since beginning her service as she now is the lead volunteer as two clubs – Santa Monica and Culver City. Claire is an integral part of the ever-growing POPS family. Not only has she developed deep, meaningful relationships with the students, but she has connected with staff an volunteers alike.