Operation Progress Fort Worth | Empowering Underserved Youth
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our mission

Operation Progress Fort Worth empowers underserved youth to become educated, ethical and productive adults who reach their full potential and positively contribute to society. To do this, we are committed to supporting participating Scholars from elementary school through college with our comprehensive program called the Five Pillars of Success.

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Our Model

Operation Progress Fort Worth 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 Fort Worth Police Department (FWPD) 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. This model is replicated from Operation Progress LA.

Creating Hope. Providing Opportunity. Promoting Success.

Operation Progress Fort Worth Program Pillars

The overarching goal of the 5 Pillars of Success is that our Scholars build character, social competency, leadership skills, and emotional intelligence and that they graduate from college life-ready.

Life Skills
Health and Wellness
Support and Safety

Our Team

Operation Progress Fort Worth Executive Director Dr Myeshia Smith
Dr. Myeshia Smith

Executive Director

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Dr. Myeshia Smith is excited to serve as the inaugural Executive Director for Operation Progress Fort Worth (OPFW).

She chooses to serve the world through education, advocacy, and service. A variety of key experiences and extensive training have contributed to her commitment to advocating for equitable education and increasing social capital for youth.

In her role as Executive Director for OPFW, her primary focus is to help close the gap between a student’s school, community, and family by taking a holistic approach to providing student support. Additionally, she will focus on fostering positive police-community relationships.

Our Partners

Rivertree Academy
Texas Christian University
Forth Worth Police Department
Miss Endy's Christian Academy in Fort Worth Texas

Operation Progress Fort Worth
Board of Directors

Johnny Nhan, Ph.​D,
Dr. Johnny Nhan, Ph.​D,

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Texas Christian University

Board President

Neil Noakes
Chief Neil Noakes

Chief of Police, Fort Worth
Police Department

Board Secretary

Natalie Stalmach is the Director of Development at CASA of Tarrant County
Natalie Stalmach

Director of Development at CASA of Tarrant County

Board Treasurer

Commander Stefanie Ricks
Commander Stefanie Ricks

Fort Worth Police Department

FWPD Liaison

Jay Chapa is the Principal of J Chapa Strategic Solutions LLC
Jay Chapa

Principal of J Chapa Strategic Solutions LLC
Board Member

Ronnie Rencher is the Senoir VP of Security at Hillwood
Ronnie Rencher

Senior Vice President of Security and Office Administration at Hillwood

Jonathan Cranz of Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP
Jonathan Cranz

Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP

Board Member

Operation Progress Fort Worth Executive Director Dr Myeshia Smith
Dr. Myeshia Smith

Executive Director,
Operation Progress Fort Worth

Current Funders

Amon G. Carter

Crown Robinson

Hillwood A Perot

Sid W. Richardson

The Miles

Rick Lemmo

Senior Vice President,

Corporate Social Responsibility