Stories of HOPE – LaToya M. Lott

Operation Hope has changed my life, and I’m so excited to share my experience with you. I have been trying to purchase a house for at least 3 years and it has been a struggle.  I initially started off with NACA back in 2011 and was very consistent with them sending paperwork and after 6 months I got denied by the underwriter.  I was never able to get assistance after that to resubmit my file, so I gave...

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 Atlanta Intern Learns a Life Lesson

By: Grant Washington My experience today, at the YMCA, was amazing. Interacting with the teens in the program as they prepared for their presentations was rewarding. The youth participated in a marketing activity that would possibly earn them a scholarship towards the start-up costs of their product. The participants were given time to prepare before presenting to the judges. They were able to rehearse in front of...

Operation HOPE Atlanta Intern Reflects on The National Center of Human and Civil Rights

By: Derrick White   My visit to the new Civil and Human Rights Center was both intriguing and empowering. The brand new facilities combined with the timeless story of civil rights in America made for an experience that I would definitely rank as my favorite historical museum and recommend to all youth to visit over the summer. The exhibits in the museum found a way to inform the viewers on the same text book facts...

March Fellow of the Month: Natasha Eldridge

After working on a fashion line that ensured sustainability and fair trade practices and several nonprofits, Natasha knew her purpose was to help others. Having recently received her MBA from Simmons College in Boston, MA, she attended the 2012 HOPE Financial Dignity Summit and began volunteering immediately at HOPE Inside Ebenezer.

Women & Finances: The Best Ways to Raise Your Credit Score

We are all looking for ways to better our credit scores, but most of us do not know where to start.  Operation HOPE’s Financial Management Counselor, Rhonda J. Williams, shares her top five tips on how to raise your credit score. Rhonda J. Williams is a financial management counselor at HOPE Inside Ebenezer (HIE) in Atlanta, GA. She has made it her personal mission to educate and re-educate people on how...

Banking On Our Future College Edition Visits Spelman and Morehouse Colleges

 By Omari Pearson, National Program Manager, Banking on Our Future College Edition, Operation HOPE     On March 6, 2014 Operation HOPE Banking On Our Future College Edition had the opportunity to visit Spelman and Morehouse Colleges students in Atlanta, Georgia. The event was held on the Morehouse College campus and led by Spelman College sister and soon to be graduate Lauren Hawkins. The event opened a...

HOPE Intern, Hakeem Clark, Honored by 100 Black Men of Dekalb

By Tara Dennis, Portfolio Manager for Youth Empowerment Initiatives – Atlanta Market Banking on Our Future (BOOF) and HOPE Business In A Box (HBIAB)     Saturday, Feb. 22, Hakeem Tireh Clark was honored for his leadership as a community servant and his significant contributions in advancing and empowering causes associated with youth and community. The prestigious, Future Community Leaders Award, was...

Meet HOPE Market Leader: Jay Bailey

Once a week we will be introducing you to the people who work behind the scenes to make HOPE initiatives and programs possible. This is our way of letting you get to know who we are, what we do, why we are here and how we are working to eradicate poverty. Every Thursday meet a HOPE Market Leader and team members from different departments and programs who are here to serve the mission of...

Announcing the December Fellow of the Month: Edward Minta

Edward (Eddie) Minta recently decided to re-claim his middle name, ‘Kofi.’ In Ghana this is a name given to a boy born on a Friday, although in actuality he is a ‘Kwame’- a boy born on Saturday. Being born on the cusp, his parents were able to name him after his grandfather, preserving the family name. This slight chance, a matter of timing, and maybe the ability to have a will so strong you can determine your fate, basically sums up Eddie.

Interns Pound Pavement for HOPE Business in a Box

I stretched my arm out to deliver a firm handshake, and gave a chipper "Good Morning," to the manager of the Petro Gas Station on a beautiful Thursday morning. That is where my journey began. "My name is Ongelique Sherman and I am here on behalf of Operation HOPE. I was wondering if you received our flyer in the mail?"

HOPE Atlanta Welcomes New BOOF Fellow

This summer, Banking on Our Future College Edition welcomed its first summer fellow- Agustin Garcia. Besides being an amazingly intelligent and humble young man, Agustin has a passion to impact his native nation of Mexico with financial literacy to begin shifting the minds of those who have been limited because of a lack of knowledge in finance.

Atlanta Kaleidoscope Kid’s Summer Camp Success

by Rhonda Williams, HOPE Financial Dignity Center Atlanta HOPE Financial Dignity Center Atlanta had the pleasure of facilitating a Banking On Our Future session for Kaleidoscope Kid’s Camp.  Kaleidoscope Kid’s Camp is noted as a premier Atlanta STEM summer camp where children can explore the diversity of learning, by providing a balance of educational and enrichment activities for youth.  As an intricate part...

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