Insight- It’s All About The Kids

Mark is joined by POPS the Club co-founder Amy Friedman to discuss the new book: ADVICE TO 9TH GRADERS. Amy is the editor of eight annual collections from POPS the Club members, with support from Leticia Longoria-Navarro, Executive Director of The Pathfinder Network, and Victor Trillo, Jr., Program Coordinator of the PATHfinder Club, ADVICE TO 9TH GRADERS features personal essays, poems, drawings, and other creative expressions from teens on widely relatable topics, from peer pressure to homework to finding the courage to be yourself. All three are long-time social justice advocates and nonprofit leaders who have devoted years to working with the children of the incarcerated.

Have Mark speak at your company, organization, conference and or retreat to increase morale, productivity, leadership skill and more with an in-person or virtual event.  Mark also has riveting talks for students k-12 and college on: overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement, life preparedness, senior send-off and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: Email:

“Mark invigorated our conference! His genuine enthusiasm and professionalism, combined with an amazing topic, made for a marvelous presentation”

Catharine Leahy – Speakers Chair Princeton University

“Mark’s willingness to use his disability to uplift others is both generous and remarkable.  His message resonates with all of us who have worked hard to overcome life’s adversities.  If you’re looking for a podium speaker, look elsewhere.  Mark stays on the move and keeps the audience engaged.  Thank you, Mark”

Johnny Callebs KAPP Executive Director

“Mark spoke to our high school students, teachers and volunteers and they are clamoring for him to return. Mark tells stories of his failures and triumphs with humor, compassion, unblinking honesty and with an energy that ignites the room leaving us connected to him and feeling a whole lot better about ourselves.  Our time with Mark Farrell was unforgettable and joyful.  This man is a treasure.

Dennis Danziger, Venice, CA High School & POPS The Club Co-Founder