June 1, 2017
Operation HOPE extends heartfelt condolences to the family members and friends of former HOPE Business In A Box Academies (HBIABA) student, Alan Molino. Alan was shot and killed last Sunday in East Point, Georgia. He was scheduled to attend his 8th grade graduation on May 24.
“The HOPE family is heartbroken over this tragic loss of one our young entrepreneurs to senseless violence,” said Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant. “We will celebrate his life and honor the aspirations he was not able to realize, and remember him as a young person who sought to create a better future for himself and his family.”
In 2015, Alan enrolled in HBIABA at Paul D. West Middle School in East Point.
“Alan came ready for our first business meeting, tie and all. He dreamed of owning a shoe refurbishing service business,” said Jessica Washington, program manager of Operation HOPE’s Youth Empowerment Group in Atlanta. “He felt that so many students have to get old shoes from the Goodwill and they don’t look good. He said: I’m going to clean them and paint them to make them nice again. Then I’m going to design shoes and create my own one day. That was his dream.”
Operation HOPE has established the Alan Molino Scholarship for youth entrepreneurs. Donations can be made to The HOPE Fund and directed to the scholarship.