Success in Challenges, Inc.

A nonprofit organization

$30,457 raised by 147 donors

Success in Challenges was Founded in Long Beach in 2001 by Rev. O. Leon Wood, Jr. and has served as a non-profit grass-roots social service agency since. Most of those we serve are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous People of Color) from low-income families that are dealing with multiple issues such as: the foster care system, incarceration, inadequate housing, lack of access to technology, employment, health insurance and basic needs, etc. Success in Challenges serves as a voice and advocate for these families by connecting them to information and resources.

Over the past 22 years,

Success in Challenges has served:
* 6, 200 families
* 5, 750 scholars

Success in Challenges has employed:
* Over 160 college & university students

Success in Challenges has created:
* Over 110 volunteer and internship opportunities
* Over 250 employment opportunities
* An inner-city after school program (8 + years)
* A Summer Literacy enrichment program (18 years)
* Parenting, Fatherhood, & Single Mother Workshops & Programs
* Tutoring, Mentoring, & College Readiness Programs

Success in Challenges has helped with:
* Food, Housing, Education & Job/ Scholarship Searching
* Outreach, Census canvassing, and with community resource pop-up events for: food, school supplies , gas cards, diapers, digital devices, PPE equipment, etc.

Almost all our Board members and staff live and/or work in Long Beach and are all actively involved and invested in what happens in the community.


"I used my new devices to apply for admission at Long Beach City College. My next step is to complete my application for FAFSA. I really like that my laptop is light weight, I plan to bring it with me on campus once my semester begins." - Digital Inclusion Program Recipient

"The SIC program has been great in the community, helping the kids and parents. I love the way that SIC tries to help the community with food, house supplies, or gift cards. They help when needed."- Lashanique Slaughter

"This is my second year participating in the Freedom School Program and I must say this program is much needed. The program offers a safe learning environment, which allows children to openly express themselves while building character. My child is one that fears reading because she struggles. With the help of the program she feels more confident to read more independently. It is wonderful to leave your child somewhere they feel safe and are learning at the same time. I hope this program stays available, we appreciate everything it offers. My daughter is thankful for the commitment, time, and planning of activities which was given." - Lily Taase


Our Mission is to provide community youth and adults with safe, interactive programs that promote good citizenship, character development, creativity and discipline, designed to inspire them to face life's challenges with enthusiasm and dignity. We strive to advocate for the underserved. Our programs have focused on social services, housing, youth mentorship, literacy, COVID-19 outreach & digital inclusion, mental health & trauma, job placement assistance, and more!

Organization Data


Organization name

Success in Challenges, Inc.

Tax id (EIN)


Operating Budget

Medium ($100,000 - $999,999)

Mission Category

Children, Youth, & Family


5239 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90805