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Oakland 7th Graders Launch Bay Area Themed Hat Business

This October, Jamal White and Anthony Mata - 7th grade students at Westlake Middle School in Oakland, CA - launched their own Bay Area themed hat business, J&A Hats, after taking part in the Operation HOPE Business in a Box program at their school the prior year.

#GiveHOPE to Youth Entrepreneurs on #GivingTuesday

By Samantha Sineni December 2nd is #GivingTuesday, a time to celebrate the true holiday tradition of togetherness by giving back to those in need. In the spirit of National Entrepreneurship Month, Operation HOPE will participate this year with our goal of raising $5,000 for HOPE Small Business Grants, which will help winners of our HOPE Business in a Box Competitions launch their small businesses. Each winner...

Personal Finance with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – Denver

October has been an exciting month for Operation HOPE-Denver. We brought “Fiscal Fitness” programs to three local middle schools, awarded our first youth-entrepreneur business pitch winners of this school year and, for the second year in a row, partnered with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City to host a day of Personal Finance for Denver high school students. One hundred students from Adams City High School and Martin Luther King Jr. Early College attended.

Financial Counselor LeVeda R. McCou Appears on TBN’s Program, Joy in Our Town

Operation HOPE’s own Financial Management Counselor for HOPE Inside, Memphis, LeVeda R. McCou appeared on Joy in Our Town Program, on the TBN network where she offered financial advice to the viewers. Check out a preview of her appearance here. Below you will find the airdates and times the interview will air. Our local call letters are WBUY. You can watch or record from the following channels: Comcast Cable...

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 O.co 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.” – SBA.gov “…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...

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