Operation Progress is a nonprofit organization in South Los Angeles that lifts the community and shapes the future as we work with our Scholars to develop skills, relationships, new mindsets, and the toolbox to transcend socioeconomic conditions while they serve as an example of success and resilience.
OP is a double mechanism of change. First, we set the Scholars 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.
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 St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy and girls matriculate to St. Mary’s Academy. The OP Scholars in college continue to be supported by SCS Noonan, which provides college scholarships, mentoring, and job programs. The goal is to have our Scholars graduate from college well-rounded and career-ready.
Operation Progress empowers youth and families from South Los Angeles through scholarship, mentorship, and life skills development to transcend socioeconomic conditions.
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.