This week, I am pleased to present the 2011 Banking on Our Future (BOOF) Impact Report.
We have taken our time to ask the questions that offer a glimpse into the knowledge gained along with a glimpse into impact our mentor-influenced model can provide. It is remarkable to reflect on the amount of dedicated hours that our Program Managers, Volunteers around the country; and our Office of Innovation Research & Assessment (OIRA) have invested to deliver and measure the impact we make each day.
Your commitment and interest in the lives of youth drives the results. As the Chairman, I have the distinct privilege of observing the needs of youth around the globe and have seen the unique energy that youth possess as evidenced by the Gallup-HOPE index. The BOOF results in 2011 confirm what the 2011 Gallup-HOPE Index results revealed – youth need interaction and a connection between learning, outcomes, outlook, and people resources.
BOOF has always been and will continue to be an exciting intervention that offers new meaning structures for how money matters and how financial dignity influences outcomes in education, career choices, and life. In our 20th year at HOPE, we are confident that our current measurement and assessment strategy offers a foundation for larger studies and research.