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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.

Union Bank Partners with Operation HOPE to Teach Elementary School Students Financial Education at Sonoma Valley Boys & Girls Clubs

As part of its ongoing commitment to responsible banking and to help increase youth financial education, MUFG Union Bank, N.A., partnered with financial dignity nonprofit Operation HOPE (HOPE), and Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley to educate elementary students about the basics of personal finance. Union Bank volunteers Robin Gold and Molly Fedorchak began teaching HOPE’s award-winning youth financial literacy program, Banking on Our Future, to members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley on October 1. The five- week course culminated with a recognition ceremony to celebrate the students’ completion of the program on October 29.

Band visits Boulder High to make financial literacy cool

BOULDER EDUCATION & SCHOOLS Imploring students to learn discipline, now Steve Gooding, frontman of the rock band that bears his name, told Boulder High students that financial literacy may notsound very rock-and-roll, but he’s proof that it’s a key to success. “It’s freedom to do what you want and go after your dreams,” he said. “The more that you know, the more that you can...

The Oakland Raiders team up with Operation HOPE Oakland to Fundraise for Bay Area Youth

For the fourth year in a row, Operation HOPE Oakland and the Oakland Raiders are teaming up to fundraise for Operation HOPE Oakland's Youth Empowerment Programs. The Raiders are offering discounted lower level tickets ranging from $55 - $75, with $20 from every ticket sold going to help fund programs like Banking on Our Future, a free youth financial literacy curriculum, and HOPE Business-in-a-Box Academy, a youth entrepreneurship program offered at no cost to our schools.

Oakland Raiders Host US Bank, Operation HOPE and Cleveland Elementary to Celebrate Student Financial Literacy

Sunday, October 19th the Oakland Raiders hosted Cleveland Elementary School, US Bank, and Operation HOPE at the 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!

Jhamasa Lewis – Carrying Out HOPE’s Mission with Banking on Our Future

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!

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