By Jessica Washington, Youth Empowerment Group Program Manager and Déshané Velasquez, Youth Empowerment Group Fellow

Ms. Eldridge is a STAR volunteer of HOPE Corps in Atlanta, Georgia! She has taught Banking on Our Future programming to students over ten times, but she didn’t stop there! She also taught a HOPE Business in a Box Academy at McNair Middle School, where a total of 11 student businesses pitched their ideas!

In addition to this, Ms. Eldridge celebrated Global Money Week (March 14-20) by teaching at her favorite school, Scott Elementary. These students are currently receiving Banking On Our Future programming for a total of four 1-hour sessions. Last week’s topic was budgeting. She was super impressed by how engaged the students were; to the point that they were all asking about savings! She says the trick is to teach the kids how to “just be kids.” Ms. Eldridge had this to say about volunteering with Operation HOPE:

“Your program has helped me remember just how important the basics of money are. Volunteering with the Atlanta Youth Empowerment Group allows me to keep abreast and hear things again, which is most important.”

boof_socialmedia_3The students have grown to love Ms. Eldridge, and her success with volunteering has helped to build a rapport with the students. At the conclusion of the event, the students couldn’t wait to show their appreciation for Ms. Eldridge.

“We promise to pay ourselves first! Thank  you Ms. Eldridge.”

Operation HOPE’s Atlanta Youth Empowerment Group will be teaching Banking OnOur Future curriculum to students at our Youth Financial Literacy Workshop April 9th! The event includes free registration and lunch, a guided tour of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site with National Park Service, and a Home Buyer’s Workshop for the adults, occurring simultaneously. Register your children for our Youth Financial Literacy Workshop. You can also register for our free Home Buyers Workshop