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Journey to HOPE

Working my way through college at a local bank and pursing a degree in finance I soon realized that my passion was not to just help people with their finances but rather educate and empower people in terms of personal finances. While working at the bank I joined the volunteer committee to become more involved in my community.

HOPE Banking on Our Future – Three Middle Schools, Three Days!

With barely a month under my belt with Operation HOPE, I had the tremendous pleasure of coordinating, facilitating and instructing my first BOOF events! The first was at Paul D. West Middle School where we exposed 300 seventh graders to the “language of money!” My volunteers were there in full force from local Atlanta sorority chapters, colleges and financial partners. The very next day I was fully immersed in the curriculum by teaching BOOF to MD Roberts Middle and Babb Middle School. I had as much fun as the kids watching them make money connections and playing BOOF Jeopardy! The letter below was received immediately from our school contact. Best second month of work ever!

Seven Westlake Middle School Teams Move into Business Role Model Phase

Thursday, February 5th 14 Westlake Middle School business groups competed in Operation HOPE's HOPE Business in a Box Academy school-wide pitch competition. One by one, each team entered the school library and pitched their idea before a panel of five judges.

Operation HOPE Banking On Our Future College Edition Visits Jacksonville Florida

Recently in a joint effort with the City of Jacksonville. Operation HOPE Banking On Our Future College Edition held our first session at Edward Waters College (EWC) the oldest historically black institution in the state of Florida (Jacksonville).

3rd Time’s a Charm in Charm City

Banking on Our Future Baltimore partnered with Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Net Impact group to financially empower the students at Henderson-Hopkins - A John Hopkins Partnership School. For the 3rd consecutive year, 24 Net Impact volunteers enthusiastically shared their experience and knowledge with the students at Henderson-Hopkins.

First Round of Pitch Competitions at Parker Elementary School

Tuesday, February 17th, 50 Parker Elementary School students competed in the first round of pitch competitions for HOPE Business in a Box Academy. The 5th and 6th grade Oakland students put their heart into their presentations- and it showed! Judges heard pitches for clothing companies, a dog walking service and a nail salon, among other ideas.

Banking On Our Future College Edition Starts 2015 Programming at Virginia State University

Recently, Banking On Our Future College Edition started our 2015 programming by visiting Virginia State University (VSU) located in Petersburg, VA. Ryan Mack, Mid-Atlantic President here at Operation HOPE helped kick start our campus activity that will include major support from Urban Financial Services Coalition.

First Round of HBIABA Pitches at Westlake Middle School

Thursday, January 22nd Operation HOPE Bay Area held Westlake Middle School's first round of HOPE Business in a Box Academy pitches in Oakland, CA. One hundred and forty 6th graders participated in entrepreneurialism, finance and public speaking classes to help them develop viable business ideas that they pitched before a panel of three judges: Mr. Clay Jackson of BBVA Compass, Mr. Matt McLaughlin of Kingfish Group and Mr. Greg Collins of SF Achievers.

HOPE Business in a Box Announces Winners from Latino College Preparatory Academy

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.

HOPE Fellow Aubrey Reif’s Highlights of the Year

"As a fairly new member of the Operation HOPE family, my highlight for the year occurred during my first month of action in October. It happened when I saw the excitement on youth's faces as they participated in our BOOF program. Additionally, a valuable highlight was the lessons that I learned about coordinating successful programs with our partners."

Operation HOPE and Chubb Join to Bring Financial Literacy to Youth in New York

Working through the Bronx Works and Catholic Charities, local Chubb volunteers, trained as HOPE Corps members, provided much needed empowerment skills to many disconnected youth in New York. The training was provided to young adults who are not connect to employment or school and helps them get training and assistance with choosing a path to success. The success session received 1,149 retweets within a 12-day...

Claflin University Praises Operation HOPE’s Banking On Our Future College Edition

Recently Banking On Our Future (BOOF) College Edition received high praise from administration after a visit to Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Being the National Program Manager I witness daily the impact of Banking On Our Future College Edition, but I'm bias so I thought I would share the testimony I recently received from Jennifer Holliday of the Office of Career Development - Service Learning and Community Service at Claflin University:

HOPE Furthers Giving

Operation HOPE is promoting #GivingTuesday, a movement dedicated to giving back celebrated on December 2nd. After camping outside of stores on Black Friday and rapid fire clicking from online shopping on Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday reminds us that the holidays are about more than exchanging Apple products. It is a day to donate time, money or items to help those in need.

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