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WHAT WE DO

OP lifts the community and shapes the future as we work with our Scholars to develop skills, relationships, new mindsets and the toolbox to transcend socio-economic conditions while they serve as an example of success and resilience.

        

our model

OP is a double mechanism of change. First, we transform the individual lives of the Scholars and set them on paths to achievement through our Five Pillars of Success programming focused on Academics, Life Skills, Health & Wellness, Service and Support & Safety. Second, we use the unique mentorship model and our partnership with the LAPD as a visible source of support and an opportunity for families to interact with officers in a nonenforcement environment, building relationships and trust that enhance the police community relationship. OP offers years of support (from 3rd grade to college and/or career) for each of our Scholars. We empower them with a rigorous private school education, comprehensive life-skills programs and wraparound case management.

OVERVIEW OF PROGRESSION

Scholars are accepted into the OP program starting in 3rd or 4th grade and attend St. Lawrence of Brindisi or San Miguel Catholic School from 3rd – 8th grade where they participate in OP’s 5 Pillars of Success. After graduating from 8th grade, the Scholars 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.

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OUR MISSION

Operation Progress empowers underserved youth to become educated, ethical and productive adults who reach their full potential and positively contribute to society.

To do this, we are committed to supporting participating Scholars from elementary school through college with our comprehensive program called the Five Pillars of Success.

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