The mission of the Professional Opportunities Program for Students, Inc. (POPS) is to build character in teens to believe and succeed. POPS is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) community based organization for 9-12 grade high school students who face barriers that may place them at-risk. Our focus is to ensure our students complete high school, pursue advanced education, participate in community service, and obtain gainful employment.
Impact Summary from the Nonprofit In 2012, POPS serviced 446 students in Orlando (Orange & Osceola), Jacksonville, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, Ft. Lauderdale, Bartow/Lake Wales, and Pahokee/Belle Glade. The organization is a twelve (12) month program where students are exposed to a variety of life and career building skills and opportunities. These skills/opportunities include but, are not limited to: counseling, student development, career exploration and assessment, financial management, health awareness, leadership, behavior modification, healthy relationships, dressing for success, college tours, and paid internships. The program: recruits students at identified area high schools; collaborates with area organizations and businesses for student placement and career development; conducts seminars and workshops designed to address the critical needs of the students; and engages parents in the overall program process. Program Outcomes - 2012 1. 100 % of seniors (144) enrolled in program graduated from high school. 2. 100% of all under classmen in the program (302) were promoted to the next grade level. 3. 96% of graduating seniors continued into secondary education opportunities. 4. 88% of graduating seniors were accepted into college. 5. 96% of students with POPS internships (342) successfullly completed their internships.
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