Operation HOPE Rocks Out at the CBGB Festival


Operation HOPE has interacted will all sorts of folks in its years advocating silver rights. From young children to aspiring entrepreneurs, everyone has the right to learn financial management.

But what about punk rockers?

Last weekend, on July 7th, members of the Operation HOPE family were invited to join the CBGB festival in Times Square – an alternative music festival thrown in the spirit of the famous punk rock club in New York City. Staff members met the challenge of making financial literacy interesting enough to draw visitors from special performances by bands like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Fishbone, and Superchunk, and a lecture by the keynote speaker, Nirvana Bassist Krist Novoselic.

Yet aside from the amazing musical performances, the CBGB Festival strives to teach, inform, and guide young artists towards success. With financial management fundamental for ensuring success in the music business, Operation HOPE found its place amongst the healthy chaos of the festival.

With engaging, and useful activities – including speed credit management classes and a fun film about silver rights, the Operation HOPE tent let staff members Mary Ersham, Sean Sallee, Imani Bowen, and Christina Barrett connect with new people and spread the word about silver rights to a fun crowd of punk rockers, musicians, and fans.

While staff members rocked out at the impromptu HOPE Center, HOPE Fellow Saige Martin helped launch HOPE Corps’ first social media action, encouraging visitors to take a picture by the ‘HOPE Board’, where they could write about their love for volunteering in exchange for free water bottles and a chance to win $100 for the winning photo on Facebook.

The contest doesn’t end until tomorrow, so join in the fun! Take your own photo with a sign that tells us why you love to volunteer, post it on our Facebook wall, and we’ll award a $100 gift card to the picture with the most likes.

And to our on-the-ground support – rock on!

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