“Everyday choose balance. Balance does not come knocking on your door and you need to embrace and sustain it. You can still work 16-hours a day so make sure the 17th hour is for you and the 18th hour is for all that you love.” ——- Mary Hagerty Ehrsam, President of Youth Empowerment Group and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Market for Operation HOPE, Inc.
Mary’s Words of...
Article by James Chen, Program Manager, Los Angeles
It all started one afternoon Oct. 1, 2013 where I had the honor of meeting Armin Rashti, branch manager for Comerica Bank. I still recall that day because Armin was one of the first volunteers for HOPE that I had met one month into my position at HOPE. My first impressions of Armin were his ability to think on his feet, be personable with the audience and...
For Hazel Love, life happens in the most unexpected ways. Beginning with the death of a child in October of 2009, closely followed by a long fought divorce in November, Hazel found herself unemployed after fifteen years of working in mid-level customer service management. Pushing through the pain of a broken heart, she graduated in November of 2010 with an undergraduate degree in Economics from California State University. However, with no job opportunities and the still sore remnants of her past lingering, Hazel decided to move to Baltimore, Maryland in the spring of 2011, determined to search for fresh perspective.
Anis Salah grew up in American Canyon, CA in a single parent home with four siblings. After high school, he attended St. Mary’s College, where he majored in Finance. Anis enjoyed his college years tremendously and graduated Cum Laude. After college, he joined the finance industry, where he has remained to this day. His current position at First Republic Bank is one of dedication and growth. He started out as a temp for a specific project and, after performing his job well, was hired when a new team was created in Quality Assurance.
Cynthia Adamson wanted to be a teacher. However, after receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a minor in elementary education and a teaching license from Metro State, Cynthia was unsure of where her passions lay and what she wanted to teach. So, she took a job as a teller at US Bank to buy herself some time to figure out what she wanted to do. Despite her early reservations, banking proved itself to be much more enjoyable than Cynthia had previously thought. Ten years later, Cynthia is still banking and loving it.
By Omari Pearson, National Program Manager, Banking on Our Future College Edition
Building off an amazing 2013 Banking On Our Future College Edition had its first activity of 2014 at Brooklyn College serving The Brooklyn College Bound program that allows admission opportunities to GED students. The session on January 13 also allowed BOOF College the opportunity to serve the community in honor of Martin...
Brian Scrip is not a superstar. At least, not according to him.
“I am just a person who is lucky enough to be able to teach financial literacy to kids and help Operation HOPE,” he says.
It’s a win-win scenario for Brian.
By: James Chen, Program Manager
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 was another great day in Southern California, especially for the students at Roosevelt Elementary School in Pasadena, California. East West Bank (EWB) has been a perennial supporter and partner, providing both substantial monetary assistance, along with encouraging all bank staff to teach financial literacy in the classrooms.
So one may ask: how did the...
Young entrepreneurs at West Career Academy in Denver showcased yet another round of creative business ideas this Thursday during their HOPE Business in a Box pitch event. With the support of HOPE volunteer Cindy Butts, classroom teacher Sean Flikke, and pitch judges Greg Thompson and Adam Rentschler, the event turned out three winning groups.
Cathay Bank has partnered with Operation HOPE for many years now to educate youth about financial literacy in both Los Angeles and Orange County. On Tuesday, October 29, 2013, Cathay Bank and Operation HOPE joined together once again and set out to Benito Juarez Elementary in Anaheim, CA.
On Thursday, November 7, 2013, as part of the collaborative partnership between Popular Community Bank and Operation HOPE to educate and empower youth with financial education, over 195 4th and 5th grade students at Gauer Elementary in Anaheim, CA were able to learn the importance of budgeting and understanding basic bank products.
By Noemi Almodovar, Banking on Our Future Fellow- Denver
For the past two months our Banking on Our Future (BOOF) and HOPE Business In A Box (HBIAB) volunteers have been helping over forty students at CEC Middle College, a Denver high school where students have the opportunity to take career-focused classes in their field of choice, create and develop business ideas.
After weeks of walking the hallways with CEC...
By Hannah McFadden, Banking on Our Future Fellow HOPE Denver
How do you get 6th, 7th and 8th grade student-athletes to care about money management and their future financial life?
In addressing this question, I first acknowledged that it is sometimes a difficult task to connect young people’s present with their inevitable future. Common notions include: “Who cares?” “I don’t have to deal with it...