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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.
The City of Jersey City launched a comprehensive youth employment program called JC Summer Works this summer. The program is geared to the City's 15 to 21-year old residents and offers a few different opportunities to receive certifications and/or career skills via internship and job placements around the city.
Last week, I had my final set of Banking On Our Future classes held via New York City's NYC's Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). SYEP utilizes various community-based organizations each summer to recruit local teenagers for summer job placement throughout the city. Part of this program offers life skills training, one skill being financial literacy
On July 18, Operation HOPE South Africa celebrated Mandela Day and Savings Month with children and adults in Heideveld and Diepsloot. At the end of the day’s activities the Banking On Our Future savings course was taught to the kids as part of the Long Walk to “Financial” Freedom.