With the assistance of Guidance Counselor Mrs. Deborah Sims, HOPE Fellow Heather Thompson and several HOPE Corp Volunteers, the Operation HOPE youth entrepreneurial initiative HOPE Business in a Box Academies (HBIABA) was a huge success at Booker T. Washington High School! These volunteers worked tirelessly, dedicating their time and energy to help students construct business pitches and to understand key business ownership principals.
By Jordan Hagedon, HOPE Corps Fellow
Douglas Dillon lives in Rockville, Maryland with his wife, mother, and two sons aged 14 and 11. He is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is a graduate of...
I am the social media fellow for Operation HOPE, and I used to think I believed in the mission of HOPE. It turns out, I had no idea what it meant to believe in something until I attended the HOPE Global Forum in Atlanta.
What if we could reconnect the power of aspiration with the power of education in our children's lives? What if students could start a business for $50 to $500? What if they could get courses in financial literacy linked with a primer course in entrepreneurship? For the 8th Grade students at Rio Hondo School in Arcadia, California, this is a reality.
By Rebecca Blanco
Monday, December 15th Latino College Preparatory Academy students pitched their business ideas to a panel of business professionals for a chance to work with a business mentor and potentially fund their ideas for up to $500.00. This program was funded by Silicon Valley Bank, who sent two representatives to judge the pitch competition: Amy Lopez, a Fair Lending Officer and Danielle Garcia, a Relationship Advisor. We also had Curtis Coleman of the United States Army and Emily Gause, The District Sales Manager of Northern California of Chrysler rounding out the table.
Operation HOPE (HOPE) partnered in 2011 with Gallup, Inc. to measure the economic energy of youth across the United States via a national survey, The Gallup-HOPE Index (GHI). After three years of measuring youth economic energy, Gallup and HOPE discovered that youth have strong entrepreneurial aspirations. Almost half of all students in grades 5 through 12 want to start their own business, they want to be their own boss, and they believe that they will invent something that will change the world. However, these youth are often not given the opportunities to nurture their ambitions. Few students (less than 5%) have a business internship and even fewer own their own business. In addition, only half of all students are in a school that teaches them about money, banking and how to run a business.
As Operation HOPE Denver welcomed in the New Year, our team has been hitting the ground running with HOPE Business in a Box Academies set to begin at six high schools within the Denver Public School district, in partnership with the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathways Programs in the Office of College and Career Readiness. The CTE program aims to graduate high school students with work-ready competencies and credentials by creating the best-in-class career and technical education programs for them.
By Jordan Hagedon, HOPE Corps Fellow
Cassandra Ilich is the AVP of Community Reinvestment and Fair Lending at Colorado Federal Savings Bank. She develops and runs the bank’s financial services, investments...
HOPE Connect at the 2015 HOPE Global Forum is a place for delegates to "plug in" to Operation HOPE. Here, guests can charge their phones while connecting online with HOPE and other attendees. Guests are encouraged to join us on social media to chat online using hashtag #HGF2015.