Operation Progress’ model focuses on the whole child by providing a comprehensive approach through a unique collaboration between the LAPD, high-performing schools, college acceleration programs, and the Watts community. Our scholars develop the skills necessary to lead a healthy, successful life and give back to their community.
Scholars are accepted into the OP program starting in 3rd or 4th grade and attend St. Lawrence of Brindisi from 3rd – 8th grade where they participate in OP’s 5 Pillars of Success. After graduating from 8th grade, the students attend a partnership school. Boys matriculate into Verbum Dei High School and girls matriculate to St. Mary’s Academy. In 10th and 11th grades, the OP scholars participate in the South Central Scholar summer academy program. The OP scholars in college continue to be supported by South Central Scholars, which provides college scholarships, mentoring, and job programs. The goal is to have our scholars graduate from college well-rounded and career-ready.
The mission of Operation Progress is to empower underserved youth to become educated, capable, ethical and productive people who will, in turn lead, mentor and contribute to society at large. To do this, we are committed to supporting participating students from elementary school through college with our comprehensive program called the Five Pillars of Success.
Without OP my life wouldn’t be as focused. It’s helped me grow more self-confident, and brought me out of my shell. I feel more prepared for life now—and I couldn’t have done it without OP. I feel like I’ve been so blessed here and I’ve had so many opportunities. When I become a doctor, maybe I can go back and help other people, too.
I love OP. It will help get me smarter. It will help me reach my hopes and dreams. I want to be a police officer. I hope that when I become [one], they still have OP, so I can join it as a mentor, too.
OP wants you to do your best. They won’t let you be lazy. They push you and push you, and at the end of the day, you feel like a better person. It really changes your life. I know I’m going to have a great future because of OP.