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Program incLudes:

  • Year-round Program

  • Weekly Practices at the Following High Schools:

    • 4wrdProgress Chapter | Verbum Dei | Mondays, 6-8pm

  • Academy Practice Uniform

  • 4wrdProgress Mentorship Program for Youth

  • LAPD Coaches for Youth

  • Academic Support/Advisement Assistance

  • Youth Leader Tutors

  • Field Trips & Other Special Events

  • Nutrition/Health Guides and Plans

4wrd Progress leaders with Kurt Rambis, NBA coach and former player.

4wrd Progress leaders with Kurt Rambis, NBA coach and former player.

PlayIt4wrd

The staple of 4wrd Progress is their 2-week sports and leadership camp. The “PlayIt4wrd” Camp is designed to promote leadership, health, and nutrition with a twist of sports to empower young people to be the best they can be. It’s fun, educational, and exciting for young people. We bring different speakers in to give workshops on character skills such as respect, responsibility, teamwork, attitude, and leadership.

Community Thanksgiving dinner  4wrd Progress teamed up with the Marching Beauties Foundation and UnpluggedLA to serve Thanksgiving dinner to residents of the Triangle Christian Services Women and Children's Shelter. We provided a full program, live entertainment, games, and jumpers. We had plenty to share with any other community members in need of a meal.

Community Thanksgiving dinner

4wrd Progress teamed up with the Marching Beauties Foundation and UnpluggedLA to serve Thanksgiving dinner to residents of the Triangle Christian Services Women and Children's Shelter. We provided a full program, live entertainment, games, and jumpers. We had plenty to share with any other community members in need of a meal.

NBA Cares  We took a group of kids to a Lakers game on Christmas and the kids got to go behind the scenes and received iPads on the court from the players. Our kids were also surprised to receive a pair of Adidas shoes after the game.

NBA Cares

We took a group of kids to a Lakers game on Christmas and the kids got to go behind the scenes and received iPads on the court from the players. Our kids were also surprised to receive a pair of Adidas shoes after the game.

run to remember LA 10k  4wrd Progress was invited by Run to Remember LA to participate in their 10k/half marathon. This was a great way to encourage and promote a healthy lifestyle to our youth.

run to remember LA 10k

4wrd Progress was invited by Run to Remember LA to participate in their 10k/half marathon. This was a great way to encourage and promote a healthy lifestyle to our youth.

BASEBALL GENERATIONS SKILLS CAMP  Baseball Generations provided our kids with basic baseball fundamentals taught by professionals baseball players.

BASEBALL GENERATIONS SKILLS CAMP

Baseball Generations provided our kids with basic baseball fundamentals taught by professionals baseball players.

SPEAK LIFE TOUR  This was a two day event. Day 1, we facilitated a community day event in Watts, California comprised of a performing arts showcase and empowerment pep rally. Day 2, we organized a Gala honoring the outstanding work of children and adults in their community that goes unnoticed.

SPEAK LIFE TOUR

This was a two day event. Day 1, we facilitated a community day event in Watts, California comprised of a performing arts showcase and empowerment pep rally. Day 2, we organized a Gala honoring the outstanding work of children and adults in their community that goes unnoticed.

DELTA SIGMA THETA CAREER DAY  Delta Sigma Theta sorority invited us to not only explain our professions, but also, to tell our stories to show the children that you can push through adversity and succeed in spite of your circumstances.

DELTA SIGMA THETA CAREER DAY

Delta Sigma Theta sorority invited us to not only explain our professions, but also, to tell our stories to show the children that you can push through adversity and succeed in spite of your circumstances.

St. LAWRENCE OF BRINDISI WELCOMES Dominic Smith  4wrd Progress brings Dominic Smith to St. Lawrence of Brindisi School in Watts, California. Dominic came to speak to the kids, answered questions, took pictures, signed autographs, and played at recess with the kids.

St. LAWRENCE OF BRINDISI WELCOMES Dominic Smith

4wrd Progress brings Dominic Smith to St. Lawrence of Brindisi School in Watts, California. Dominic came to speak to the kids, answered questions, took pictures, signed autographs, and played at recess with the kids.

WEEKEND SKILLS TRAINING  This training prepares the children physically and mentally for a 10k run. We also conducted youth skill development training for some of our youth who are looking for that extra push! All training services are FREE of charge to our 4wrdProgress Youth.

WEEKEND SKILLS TRAINING

This training prepares the children physically and mentally for a 10k run. We also conducted youth skill development training for some of our youth who are looking for that extra push! All training services are FREE of charge to our 4wrdProgress Youth.