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City Scholars Foundation Honors Watts Non-Profit Executive Director
By Sentinel News Service
Published December 6, 2013


Theresa Gartland, executive director of Operation Progress and Sharanelle Clark, senior administrator of product planning for Hitachi Automotive Services at the Celebrate City Scholars Luncheon

Recognizing that few, if any, events recognize the tireless commitment of non-profit executive directors who sacrifice to help low-income youth achieve against the odds,  City Scholars® Foundation partnered with U.S. Bank to honor the graduates of the City Scholars® Leadership Academy at its gala “Celebrate City Scholars®” Luncheon.  Theresa Gartland, executive director of Operation Progress, an after-school college prep program for low-income youth in Watts, was among this year’s graduates honored on November 20, 2013 at the Los Angeles Music Center.

As the only tuition-free leadership development program for non-profit executive directors serving low-income youth throughout the Greater Los Angeles region, the City Scholars® Leadership Academy offers over 60 hours of classroom training, executive coaching, business and peer mentoring and networking with grantmakers and community leaders. 

“The City Scholars® Leadership Academy has given me a platform to bring about awareness of our agency and make our agency’s staff and operations stronger,” said Gartland.

Operation Progress provides academic and enrichment resources and support for 50 low-income youth in Watts each year.

In his keynote address delivered at this year’s luncheon, which was held on November 20, 2013 at the Los Angeles Music Center, Darrell Brown, senior vice president of U.S. Bank challenged graduates to “lead beyond their own walls.”

Each year, City Scholars® Foundation awards Academy Fellowships to highly motivated, non-profit Executive Directors who are selected through a rigorous application process.  Applications are accepted from July 1 through September 30 for the ten-month fellowship program beginning the following January.  For more information, visit


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