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.
This summer, in my various roles with Operation HOPE, I learned to see both the forest and the tree; a combined focus on the local with an understanding of the whole to create a more holistic approach to financial dignity.
As an entering high school senior, Valeria Diaz knew she wanted to do something important with her summer. She attends East Bay Arts High School where she took Video Production and was trained in Adobe Premiere her junior year. Halfway through the class she knew she was in love and started working on personal video projects with her friends after class. But Valeria is also interested in business, with aspirations to run her own video production company one day.
The Summer Night Lights (SNL) program is a public and private partnership undertaken by the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development (“GRYD”) and The GRYD Foundation. As a violence reduction program, Summer Night Lights targets one of the seasons of greatest need and the locations historically impacted by such violence (evidence shows increased gang-related violence during summer months.) In addition, the SNL program hires and trains teenagers and young adults from the community who are at risk for gang involvement and/or gang violence.
The City of Jersey City launched a comprehensive youth employment program called JC Summer Works this summer. The program is geared to the City's 15 to 21-year old residents and offers a few different opportunities to receive certifications and/or career skills via internship and job placements around the city.
Last week, I had my final set of Banking On Our Future classes held via New York City's NYC's Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). SYEP utilizes various community-based organizations each summer to recruit local teenagers for summer job placement throughout the city. Part of this program offers life skills training, one skill being financial literacy
On July 18, Operation HOPE South Africa celebrated Mandela Day and Savings Month with children and adults in Heideveld and Diepsloot. At the end of the day’s activities the Banking On Our Future savings course was taught to the kids as part of the Long Walk to “Financial” Freedom.
For the fourth straight year, Operation HOPE Denver worked with Aurora Youth 4 Success to host yet another successful BOOF In A Day program! Students arrived ready for their second week of summer programming through Aurora Youth 4 Success, a summer skills development initiative launched by State Senator Nancy Todd, her husband Terry Todd, and Advocate for Children’s Executive Director Peggy Rudden. Five of our superb volunteers were also ready to interact and share their financial literacy insight with all one hundred high school students in attendance.
July is here again! On Friday, July 18th 2014, Operation HOPE South Africa will be giving back to the community of Diepsloot through our Banking on Our Future (BOOF) program at Afrika Tikkun's "Wings of Life Centre."
Last week, Operation HOPE partner Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton announced a new initiative, Job One that helps the “nearly six million young Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 who are out of school and out of work – a staggering number that strains too many local communities and limits long-term economic growth prospects in the United States.”
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By Ana Rojas – Financial Coach, Office of City of Miami
During the month of June 2014, Miami conducted the Summer Youth Employment and Financial Empowerment Program enrollment and orientation. On June 9, 2014, 107 students between 16 and 19 years old participated in our Credit and Money Management workshops. Different financial institutions participated such as, Wells Fargo, South Florida Education Credit...
"Prince Charming" Mike McCracken, Popular’s Chicago Region President and HOPE Midwestern board member, and "The Mad Hatter" Manuel Chinea, Chief Operating Officer, announced employees raised $12,800 through a variety of fundraising events.
Casey McQuillan recently joined the Operation Hope family as our Project 5117 fellow from both the Roosevelt Institute and Andrew Goodman Foundation. A rising sophomore at Amherst College, Casey studies Mathematics and Economics while serving as President of the Amherst Debate Society and as a member of the Executive Board for the Roosevelt Campus Network chapter at his school.