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Sunday, October 19th the Oakland Raiders hosted Cleveland Elementary School, US Bank, and Operation HOPE at the O.co Coliseum for a celebration of their work in financial literacy. At a short ceremony at the Oracle Arena, US Bank Government and Community Relations Vice President Lisa Joyner, Raiders CFO Marc Badain and Operation HOPE Oakland Market President Tyrone Cosey spoke to the Cleveland Elementary School students, congratulating them on their accomplishments and encouraging them to keep thinking about finances early!
My week as a fashion design student and fellow at Operation HOPE started off intense as usual, but surprisingly it ended with a rewarding calmness. On October 3, 2014 I taught my very first Banking On Our Future session with Mike Sokolowski. For two weeks I prepared activities and a lesson plan geared on how I would execute teaching my peers about financial empowerment and dignity. My plan was to connect realistically with the intention of relieving frustration concerning financial literacy. When I arrived to the class I was excited to get started!
Recently Banking On Our Future (BOOF) College Edition received high praise from administration after a visit to Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York. Now I suppose it is easy for me to say this because I already know the power and impact Banking On Our Future College Edition is having on campuses across the country, but I thought it would be better to have our partner Sherrill-Ann Mason of the Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK program say it in her own words:
Tuesday morning, the Cubs of Cleveland Elementary School in Oakland received a lesson in financial responsibility and a surprise visit from one of their very own Oakland Raiders.
I was introduced to Operation HOPE's work through their Banking On Our Future (BOOF) program last June, when I was a senior at Wadleigh High School in Harlem. Our class visited First Republic Bank in Times Square for a full-day BOOF workshop on different financial education topics. This is when I met many of FRB's volunteers, including Angela Russo, Operation HOPE's New York Youth Empowerment Program Manager and Casey McQuillan, their Summer Project 5117 fellow.
This summer, in my various roles with Operation HOPE, I learned to see both the forest and the tree; a combined focus on the local with an understanding of the whole to create a more holistic approach to financial dignity.
As an entering high school senior, Valeria Diaz knew she wanted to do something important with her summer. She attends East Bay Arts High School where she took Video Production and was trained in Adobe Premiere her junior year. Halfway through the class she knew she was in love and started working on personal video projects with her friends after class. But Valeria is also interested in business, with aspirations to run her own video production company one day.
Operation HOPE is proud to announce Bank of the West HOPE Inside Oakland has served more than 100,000 people in the Bay Area. The Bank of the West HOPE Inside Oakland began in 2004 in partnership with Bank of the West with only one employee for the Banking On Our Future program and now there are 10 employees with a permanent HOPE member at the United Way, Sparkpoint Oakland Center.
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Why is it important for HOPE employees to volunteer for programs? This is a question that every HOPE employee worldwide should ask himself or herself. Volunteering allows us to share our time with those who are financially less fortunate. Volunteering to teach or sitting in on a credit and budget, small business, home ownership and/or BOOF program helps us to become more effective as HOPE representatives in the workplace and in our personal lives.
By: Michelle Hammonds, Program Manager, Youth Empowerment Programs, Washington DC
On July 23rd & 25th , 2014 Banking on Our Future (BOOF)-D.C. partnered with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to bring financial literacy education to the DC Youth Advisory Council (DC YAC) Summer Youth Leadership and Training Academy. Forty-two select youth leaders from Washington D.C....
By: Dionne Waldron, Program Manager, Youth Empowerment, Baltimore
Eastern Savings Bank, a new volunteer partner with Operation HOPE’s Banking on Our Future Baltimore “hit the road” running this summer. Sales Director Agnes Arnold was so excited to educate our young people on how to manage their money, she brought her team along. They excitingly taught BOOF at Summer Dreams Day Camp, Boys and Girls...
By KaTia Fortune, Banking On Our Future Summer Intern, Baltimore
On Wednesday July 16, 2014 Banking on Our Future, Baltimore partnered with KPMG, the international. audit, tax and advisory services firm, to provide financial and reading literacy through a First Book initiative to the kids at The Boys and Girls Club in Westport, Baltimore.
The day started off strong with the KPMG Baltimore interns, most...
The Summer Night Lights (SNL) program is a public and private partnership undertaken by the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development (“GRYD”) and The GRYD Foundation. As a violence reduction program, Summer Night Lights targets one of the seasons of greatest need and the locations historically impacted by such violence (evidence shows increased gang-related violence during summer months.) In addition, the SNL program hires and trains teenagers and young adults from the community who are at risk for gang involvement and/or gang violence.