Pursuit Of Prosperity Strategies (POPS)

What is the POPS Mentoring Program? The POPS Program is a non-profit (501c-3) organization that was developed and tailored specifically for male teens. It is the “Pursuit of Prosperity Strategies,” where we pursue to prosper in the areas of education, careers, finances, relationships, health, and life skills, with a written plan. This program is a step-by-step strategy that combines life skills development, career planning, and moral training. This makes up the basic foundation of knowledge, transitioning male teens into young adults. Through the course we incorporate the, “It Takes A Village To Raise A Child Method,” along with the, “3 Vision System,” students are given the opportunity to make a difference in their lives and their families. By applying effective mentorship, consistency, discipline, and persistence, POPS can help these young men become what they were intended to be, above-average students, community leaders, effective heads of households, loving husbands, and active fathers. The POPS Mentoring Program aims to connect its teens with their career goals. POPS will provide an evidence-based curriculum, life-skills workbook for the course, hands-on training, and group exercises. The POPS Mentoring Program also work along  with career and business professionals to assist in teaching the classes to ensure the program a higher success rate for its youth, making every class a career day

POPS In-School Program

The POPS In-School Program was introduced to the public school system due to the lack of a positive professional male presence and budget cuts of activities. The POPS program has become a requested program among middle schools, high schools, and organizations. The POPS Program provides the voice, appearance, and support that many young men miss in schools and homes. Tarell Earl has become that role model that young men long to have in their lives. Through his persistence and not giving up on students, he has given these young men hope in believing that they can achieve more.

The program is taught for one school year. The class is taught weekly for one class period or agreed upon between school and the program. Each school's request may vary depending upon the needs of that particular school. Each class may vary in size ranging from 5 students, up to 20+ students. The program is usually taught in classrooms, conference rooms, day rooms, auditoriums, or available rooms provided by the school that can hold the capacity of students.

Students who are referred to the program are typically at-risk students, but not restricted to. Topics for the in-school program are chosen specifically for the school and student's educational success.

Topics Include:

“Failure Is Not An Option- Affirmation/ Home rules and regulations/ School tips for youth success/ Plan of Action/ The Power of Writing/ Goal Setting/ Character Development/ Importance of Education/ Rules for Elevating your Life/ Independent Living Skills/ Healthy Relationships/ Etiquette/ Financial Health/ Applications, Resumes and Interviews/ Consequences of Pre-Marital Relationships/ Attitude/ Self-esteem/ Being Proactive/ Characteristics of a good Leader, just to name a few.

No Juvenile Left Behind

In the late Fall of 2016, the POPS Program began working as a youth advocate for youths with juvenile probation and court system offenses. Many of the youths that Tarell was representing was going to court without support from their families or going to court afraid of not knowing what will happen to them, Mr. Earl provided that support. By showing up on their behalf Tarell befriended the judges, probation officers, and court-appointed attorneys. Now when there is an at-risk youth in the courts, the probation officers and judges call upon Mr.Earl and the POPS Program for assistance. 

The United States incarcerates more of its youth than any other country in the world through the juvenile courts and the adult criminal justice system, which reflects the larger trends in incarceration practices in the United States. In 2010, approximately 70,800 juveniles were incarcerated in youth detention facilities alone. Approximately 500,000 youth are brought to detention centers in a given year. This data does not reflect juveniles tried as adults. Around 40% are incarcerated in privatized, for-profit facilities.

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