“One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.”

– John F. Kennedy

This is one of my favorite quotes and one of the reasons I joined Operation HOPE. I can make a difference, and working at a company that allows my efforts to be amplified is a win-win in my book. As I celebrated my 6-year anniversary at Operation HOPE this summer, I had an opportunity to reflect back on the work I have played a role in as Managing Director of HOPE Global Initiatives.

I have developed a number of financial literacy curriculums, including:

  • Banking on Our Future, Quincy Jones Celebrity Edition – Financial literacy program for youth, featuring real life stories and examples of music icon Quincy Jones
  • Banking on Our Future, South Africa – Financial literacy program for individuals living in the rural communities and townships of South Africa
  • Riyali – Financial literacy program for university students in Saudi Arabia
  • Riyali Kids– Financial literacy program for youth in Saudi Arabia
  • Esref Sah – Financial literacy program for university students in the United Arab Emirates

As a result, we have been able to educate and empower nearly 1.85 million individuals around the world!

  • Since 2007, in South Africa, we have educated more than 47,000 youth and 10,500 adults.
  • Since 2010, HOPE has educated more than 370,000 youth with A Course in Dignity, out of the 1.7 million youth Global Dignity has reached around the world.
  • Since 2012, we have educated more than 52,000 youth and college students in Saudi Arabia through the Riyali financial literacy program.
  • Since 2013, we have educated more than 35,000 college students in the United Arab Emirates through the Esref Sah financial literacy program.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of the many individuals globally that we can empower through dignity and financial inclusion programs. Our more than 22,000 HOPE Corps volunteers that make this all possible inspire me. Thank you for making a difference.

If you are interested in bringing HOPE to your country, you can reach me at Shannon.Campbell@operationhope.org.