OP Partnering Organizations

Operation Progress partners include the Los Angeles Police Department, St. Lawrence of Brindisi School (K-8), Verbum Dei High School (Boys), St. Mary’s Academy (Girls), Strive, Helping Young People Excel (HYPE), and South Central Scholars. The Advisory Board is comprised of a representative from each organization. partners_logos

OP Ecosystem Partners

Anchor Schools

St. Lawrence of Brindisi Co-educational archdiocesan Catholic elementary school in South Los Angeles, educating more than 260 students in grades K-8. The majority of elementary school scholars will be placed at this school. St. Mary’s Academy A private Catholic college preparatory high school for young women in Compton, serving students in grades 9-12. Verbum Dei High School A Jesuit college preparatory high school serving young men of Watts and the surrounding communities from grades 9-12.

After-School & Extracurricular Success

Operation Progress (OP) OP is a non-profit started by a group of Southeast Division LAPD Police Officers who fight gang crime in South Los Angeles. The officers of OP set out to find kids who have survived in these bad neighborhoods and help them out through leadership training, mentoring and financial assistance for education. OP serves as the administrative coordinator for the ecosystem. Strive Los Angeles Strive provides after-school academics, arts and guidance resources to children, youth and their families in Watts. The campus is a safe haven from the thorny challenges kids face in their daily life. Caruso Catholic Center at USC A program is being developed with the Caruso Catholic Center to provide an immersive summer experience at USC for Operation Progress scholars. This program will expose scholars to a college campus, different academic disciplines and potential careers.

Elite Private High School Success

Helping Young People Excel (HYPE) HYPE provides talented low-income students in Los Angeles with the guidance and resources to qualify for admission at L.A.’s most elite independent college-prep high schools. HYPE provides intensive programming and services to help students gain admission, finance their education, and succeed in high school and beyond.

College Success

South Central Scholars (SCS) SCS assists hundreds of motivated and gifted students with academic and scholarship assistance to apply to, afford, and succeed in a rigorous college environment. Since 2001, SCS has supported 900 college scholars with a near 99% graduation rate.

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