The overarching goal of the 5 Pillars of Success is that youth build character, social competency, leadership skills, and emotional intelligence, and that they graduate life-ready from high school, vocational school or college. Side by side with the long-term commitment of parents, students, and organizations, Operation Progress is able to ensure fundamental educational opportunities, a sense of community, resiliency, safety, security, trust and life learning.
To build character, social competency, leadership skills and emotional intelligence enabling students to be well-rounded adults.
To provide the youth with educational opportunities that adequately prepare them for collegiate or technical education upon graduation from high school.
To incorporate LAPD mentorship in the youth’s journey, which provides them with a sustainable role model, promotes safety and fosters a change of perception between law enforcement and the community.
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.
I want a better life for myself, my mom and siblings. OP has given that to me. The officers treat me like I’m part of their family, and they have become part of mine. They take me horse back riding every Saturday and check up on me when something bad happens in the neighborhood.