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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!

HOPE Highlights Diverse Startup Communities at Denver Startup Week 2014

Since its inception in 2012, Denver Startup Week has allowed the startup community in Denver to gather, share ideas, network and learn. The 2014 event was no exception. Despite its young roots, this year’s weeklong event was able to garner the attendance of more than ten thousand people, thus doubling its attendance from last year and providing tangible proof of the growing entrepreneurial spirit in Denver.

Testimonial: I’m Credit Worthy

In early June of this year, Suntrust notified me that I had been declined a credit card due to, among other things, “Serious delinquency” in my credit history. My goal was to obtain a new card with a zero introductory interest rate so I could transfer a $4000+ balance from a card that was about to start charging interest. I discussed this matter with Eric A. Host, the Branch Mgr. at the Horn Lake Money Market and he advised me to contact Leveda McCou to see if she could help me examine my credit worthiness.

HOPE Inside New York Participates in Kick-off Event to Health & Wellness Week

This week is Wellness Week in New York City! On Friday, September 12th, Stephanie Penceal, small business program manager of HOPE Inside NY, attended the Wellness Fair at the Harlem YMCA that kicked-off the week. Nearly 100 people attended the fair which featured workshops, speakers and exhibitors to promote all areas of wellness – physical, emotional, spiritual, occupational, environmental, social and of course, financial. Participants registered for upcoming small business and homeownership workshops and expressed an eagerness to improve their financial well-being.

6th Grade Class of Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy Visits the MLK Jr. National Historic Site & HOPE Inside Ebenezer

On Thursday, September 11, 2014 Operation HOPE Youth Empowerment staff and fellows hosted 83 young leaders from the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy (CSKYWLA). As part of their visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site, the students and chaperones were able to tour the Heritage Sanctuary, Reflecting Pool, Eternal Flame and the Visitor’s Center. At the Visitor’s Center, we were all able to view the 20-minute video entitled “Children of Courage”, which highlights the role young people played in the civil rights movement.

HOPE Fellow Edward K. Minta: Entrepreneurship and Capitalism

Before delving further into how Entrepreneurship and Capitalism work alongside one another, each must be understood at its most basic level. “An entrepreneur is a person who organizes and manages a business undertaking, assuming the risk for the sake of profit. An entrepreneur: Sees an opportunity; makes a plan; starts the business; manages the business; receives the profits.” – “…an economic...

Student Testimonial: Gaining Confidence Through Banking on Our Future

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.

Denver Startup Week Recognizes the Talent and the Support to Build Success 

The following is a personal account of a HOPE Business In A Box Academies (HBIABA) Young Entrepreneur in Denver, Colorado. Garrett Williams presented his business plan and grant request to the Denver staff in August. Thanks to Operation HOPE’s startup micro-grant, Garrett will now be able to increase his business capacity to fulfill his customers’ demands. In light of HOPE Denver’s participation in Denver Startup Week 2014, stories like Garrett’s highlight the importance of not only helping build the next generation of entrepreneurs, but also giving them the opportunity to gain exposure in the larger entrepreneurial community, regardless of their age or diversity of interest. Thank you, Garrett, for sharing your entrepreneurial journey with us.

Operation HOPE and the American Red Cross Team Up to Beat Disasters

The premier provider of financial literacy and empowerment programs for youth and adults and America’s leading financial dignity nonprofit, Operation HOPE, Inc. (HOPE) and the American Red Cross (Red Cross) are teaming up to assist you, your family and your small business to prepare for personal, man-made, or natural disasters. HOPE, has  been at the forefront of Disaster Financial Recovery and Preparedness...

Hot 97 Push 4 Peace Town Hall Event

On August 16th, NYC area radio station Hot 97 held their Push 4 Peace Town Hall meeting and expo at Brooklyn’s Boro Hall. For the uninitiated, each of the 5 boros of NYC has its own president. The Boro president is responsible for working with the mayor, city council members and assembly-person on matters that effect that borough via city or state policy. Within each boro, the president has his own...

Former Operation HOPE Graduate crowd-funds her company Smooth

  It is my distinct honor to tell you about Danyelle Ja’net, one of the 2013 Entrepreneurial Training Program graduates. Danyelle is the owner of Smooth, a mobile business that provides personal grooming services that specializes in unisex full body waxing as well as lash and brow tinting. Danyelle is currently working with Kiva Zip, a company that has the mission of supporting entrepreneurs in the United...

Success Story: Danyelle Ja’net

It is my distinct honor to tell you about Danyelle Ja’net, one of the 2013 Entrepreneurial Training Program graduates. Danyelle is the owner of Smooth, a mobile business that provides personal grooming services that specializes in unisex full body waxing as well as lash and brow tinting.

Testimonial: Preparation for the Reality of Starting My Own Business

I began the Operation HOPE Entrepreneurship Program with the thought that I would learn something new. At the very least, since the season was changing into summer, the daylight would be longer; and my three-bus trip home would not be too uncomfortable.

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