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SunTrust Banks Unveils First Ever HOPE Inside Video, Featuring Partnership with Operation HOPE

Our founding national partner for HOPE Inside, SunTrust Banks, this week unveiled an inspiring 4-minute video message in tribute to our growing national partnership in and for HOPE Inside, which brings our work inside SunTrust Banks branches. This was officially unveiled during the opening of the HOPE Inside Memphis @ SunTrust location announcement this week. Check it out here, and let us know what you think!...

Prelude: How My Credit Score Went From 750 to 548

By Anonymous Let me explain how I ended up here, needing financial advice and working with Gayle Rice, my financial counselor from Operation HOPE at the HOPE Inside Atlanta located in SunTrust Bank. The one sentence version is – I had a job, I lost a job, went back to school, created a six-digit student loan debt, jobless for over a year and now have a credit score considered POOR. Like many Americans I...

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Financial Independence for a New Generation

I publish this essay on the day America celebrates its independence. Independence, as defined in the dictionary, means to be self determined, not requiring assistance, showing a desire for freedom. Many Americans feel neither independent nor free.For them, independence is a myth. Without wealth or the prospect of prosperity, independence is merely a word. I actually believe today that freedom means...

Bank of America teams up IXGEN to promote Financial Dignity

By:  Emmenette D. Mason – Founder/CEO IXGEN Inc. The Hope BOOF program has had a big impact on youth  of the summer youth empowerment program iYEP, organized by IXOYE Global Entrepreneurship Network (IXGEN). Last Saturday June 28, iYEP was at the HOPE Center in Atlanta, with 17 middle and high school youth who were trained on how to achieve dignity through learning the basics of budgeting, credit,...

Operation HOPE Welcomes Casey McQuillan as Our New Project 5117 Fellow

Casey McQuillan recently joined the Operation Hope family as our Project 5117 fellow from both the Roosevelt Institute and Andrew Goodman Foundation. A rising sophomore at Amherst College, Casey studies Mathematics and Economics while serving as President of the Amherst Debate Society and as a member of the Executive Board for the Roosevelt Campus Network chapter at his school.

Atlanta Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA HBIAB Pitch Competition Synopsis

Over the last few weeks, 24 students enrolled in the Dr. Maya Angelou Teen Program at the Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA have been active participants in Operation HOPE’s newest youth focused intervention – HOPE Business in a Box (HBIAB).  11 businesses comprised of 1-4 students each pitched their business ideas to move on to the final phase of the initiative which is the Business Role Model (BRM)...

First Time Home Ownership Orientation At HOPE Inside East Tremont in the Bronx, New York

By: Sara Altagracia   May 31st was the first Home Ownership Orientation at the new HOPE Inside location at the Popular Community Bank on East Tremont in the Bronx. Though we don’t have a presence in the Bronx yet, the participants that came to the event were excited about the program and could not wait to share with their friends, family and neighbors that Operation HOPE was in the community and ready to...

HOPE ATL Supports Collects Shoes For Save the Earth Projects, A Youth Social Venture

By Angela Jones, Youth Empowerment Fellow, HOPE Inside Ebenezer We at Operation Hope are not only working tirelessly to improve the economic quality of life for individuals, families and communities, but we also acknowledge and support members of communities who are thematically doing the same. Through HOPE ATL Supports Operation HOPE Atlanta is committed in completing a community service project on a quarterly...

Operation HOPE and Popular Community Bank Celebrate the Launch of HOPE Inside, Bronx

    Operation HOPE and Popular Community Bank Celebrate the Launch of HOPE Inside, Bronx Popular Community Bank, one of the nation’s premier community banks, together with partner Operation HOPE, celebrated the launch of HOPE Inside in the Bronx yesterday. Deputy Borough President Aurelia Greene joined local community leaders, entrepreneurs and customers at the Popular Community Bank branch at 752...

OneWest Bank Joins Operation HOPE to Open HOPE Inside Offices

  Today, Operation HOPE announced a partnership with OneWest Bank for the Project 5117 initiative program, HOPE Inside. OneWest Bank committed $100,000 for the next two years to provide financial counseling services in select branches throughout Northridge, California. HOPE Inside offices provide financial literacy counselors that deliver counseling workshops and one-on-one client support at branch locations....

Operation HOPE and Popular Community Bank Celebrate the Launch of HOPE Inside, Bronx

 Popular Community Bank, one of the nation’s premier community banks, together with partner Operation HOPE, celebrated the launch of HOPE Inside in the Bronx yesterday. Deputy Borough President Aurelia Greene joined local community leaders, entrepreneurs and customers at the Popular Community Bank branch at 752 East Tremont Avenue to inaugurate the HOPE Inside location that will concentrate on homeownership and...

My First Week Banking on Our Future in South Africa

Woke up very nervous about my first day of work today. Throughout my day, though, all of my worries gradually vanished. Everyone was incredibly helpful, welcoming and patient as I hit the ground running and got oriented to this new job and new country.

Three Winners Chosen from the HOPE Business In A Box Pitch Competition at Julian Nava Learning Academy

On Monday, May 5, 2014, at Julian Nava Learning Academy in Los Angeles, nine brave eighth graders took to the stage and pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges, made up of community members, bankers, and executives.

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