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Student Spotlight – Meryland

When asking Meryland what she likes to do for fun, she talks about her family. She loves to play with her 3-year-old sister, “Instead of me making her laugh, she makes me laugh.” She helps her mom cook and make rice, mole, and soup. She...


Mentor Spotlight – Officer Navarro

Officer Navarro became a mentor 2 years ago when another Operation Progress mentor recommended the program, thinking she’d be a great fit. When asking Navarro why she decided to become a mentor, she reminisced about her time in the Marine Corps, “I saw that the...


Parent Spotlight – Keeban Marks

Keeben Marks, a dedicated OP parent, has lived in Watts for the past decade. When he learned about the opportunities that Operation Progress could give his children, he decided to go all in. “My daughter Amir has been in Operation Progress since about third grade....


Mentor Spotlight – Officer Culpepper

Officer LaSalle Culpepper is a massively built man, adept with his fists and firearms, but also with a caring heart. As a member of the LAPD’s elite Metropolitan Division, he often finds himself patrolling the streets of Southwest Division—the same streets where he grew up.  In...


Student Spotlight – Kejuan Brooks

Kejuan Brooks was always athletic, but Operation Progress opened his eyes to the larger world. The 12-year-old was already excelling in football, playing offense, defense and special teams for the Watts Bears, when Officer Grant Goosby challenged him to try something more.  Instead of just focusing...


Mentor Spotlight – Officer Massie

For Officer Joe Massie, handling radio calls and working the streets were a constant reminder of how many problems the police cannot solve. He used to get frustrated that he could not straighten out problems that took years to develop within the duration of a preliminary...