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Officer Phillips – April’s Mentor of the Month

LAPD Officer Kia Phillips, mentor to Alana in the 5th grade, has been a consistently supportive figure in her mentee's life ever since she signed on to mentor with Operation Progress. The two first bonded over their love of sports, which Phillips played in college. This...

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Andrew R. – April’s Scholar of the Month

Andrew is an 8th grade Operation Progress Scholar and has been apart of OP for 6 years. Andrew has maintained a 3.0 GPA this year and currently has 100% programming attendance in the My Own Business Institute program. His favorite subject is math and he wants...

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LA Clippers SciFest

This past Saturday, a few OP Scholars and mentors went to the Clippers SciFest, a Southern California science and engineering festival at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The goal of the Clippers SciFest SoCal is to inspire a new generation of STEM professionals in the...

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44th District Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán Visits OP

U.S. Representative for California's 44th congressional district Nanette Diaz Barragán stopped by the Operation Progress offices to speak with our Scholars, staff, and mentors. It was a great opportunity for our Scholars to share their stories with their representative and for them to ask her...

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Parent Spotlight: Maria F.

Family is everything to Maria. Mother of two OP scholars, Alexa (4th grade) and Sergio (6th grade), who are both enrolled at St. Lawrence, Maria has lived in Watts for 15 years, but comes from a small town in Jalisco, Mexico. She describes her upbringing...

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5th Grade Girls in BLOOM tried Jiu-Jitsu

This past Saturday, our 5th grade girls in our BLOOM program, a social-emotional program to combat bullying in middle school for girls, went to a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class at Carlson Gracie Paramount. The gym donated gloves as well as the class. The girls were hesitant to try...

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