HOPE Business In A Box Academy at Monterey Highlands

By James Chen Ms. Trisha Kawasaki is an 8th grade teacher at Monterey Highlands School (Monterey Park, CA) who teaches the Universal Access class, where she helps her students become college and career ready. To supplement the students’ learning, Ms. Kawasaki invited Operation HOPE and Mr. James Chen into her classroom. Through Operation HOPE’s Business in a Box Academy, students complete a two-phase program...

A Strategic Partnership to Help Women and Families in Memphis

By Sherita Goodman A Strategic Partner, A Step Ahead Foundation in Memphis, TN, who offers women of Memphis and Shelby County free long-acting reversible contraception in hopes of improving educational, economic, and health outcomes for women and their children, along with the help of Operation Hope Memphis, has secured a grant from the Community Foundation to begin F2, Family and Financial Planning. The two...

Stories of HOPE- Tom Martin

By Tom Martin, Product Manager at Pacific Gas & Electric, HOPE Corps Volunteer Tom Martin serves as a Business Role Model at Westlake Middle School in Oakland for our HOPE Business in a Box Academy program. Tom joined the Operation HOPE Youth Empowerment Board for the Bay Area this year and shared a little about himself and how he got involved with HOPE. This is what he had to say: “After several years...

All Faith Financial Freedom Fair in Oakland Saturday, 3/28!

By Rebecca Blanco Operation HOPE and East Bay Church of Religious Science would love to welcome you to a health and wealth event in Oakland this Saturday, March 28th from 8 am – 2 pm. Everyone is welcome! Learn from an esteemed panel of experts on how to overcome financial fear and gain financial freedom. It’s time to increase your wealth and mental health! You will gain a wealth of inside tips &...

HOPE Participates in Global Money Week 2015

Operation HOPE is proud to partner with Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI) for Global Money Week. Global Money Week engages children worldwide in learning how money works, including saving, creating livelihoods, gaining employment and entrepreneurship. Operation HOPE’s President of Global Youth Empowerment, Mary Ehrsam, serves on the board for CYFI. This week, over 2,600 students across the US will...

Four Teams from Parker Elementary School Move on to Business Role Model Phase

By David Booth-Metwally Tuesday, March 3, 2015 Parker Elementary School’s 5th and 6th graders competed in Operation HOPE’s HOPE Business in a Box Academy school-wide pitch competition. The school’s nine remaining Business in a Box groups pitched their business ideas before a panel of three judges and their peers in the school auditorium. The Bay Area based judges came from a variety of backgrounds. Lisa...

Cathay Bank Sponsors HOPE Business In A Box Academy at Rio Hondo School

What if we could reconnect the power of aspiration with the power of education in our children's lives? What if students could start a business for $50 to $500? What if they could get courses in financial literacy linked with a primer course in entrepreneurship? For the 8th Grade students at Rio Hondo School in Arcadia, California, this is a reality.

The Last Graduating ETP Class of 2014

By Neema Mahdavian On December 17th 2014, our last Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP) Class of 2014 graduated from their 14 weeks Entrepreneur Class. These “HOPEful” Entrepreneurs are eager to display their businesses and share what they have learned in the course of their journey with Operation HOPE.  The 13 graduating students stand proud with their certificates in hand, eager to start on their path of...

Denver Startup Week Recognizes the Talent and the Support to Build Success 

The following is a personal account of a HOPE Business In A Box Academies (HBIABA) Young Entrepreneur in Denver, Colorado. Garrett Williams presented his business plan and grant request to the Denver staff in August. Thanks to Operation HOPE’s startup micro-grant, Garrett will now be able to increase his business capacity to fulfill his customers’ demands. In light of HOPE Denver’s participation in Denver Startup Week 2014, stories like Garrett’s highlight the importance of not only helping build the next generation of entrepreneurs, but also giving them the opportunity to gain exposure in the larger entrepreneurial community, regardless of their age or diversity of interest. Thank you, Garrett, for sharing your entrepreneurial journey with us.

Operation HOPE Announces Winners of Executive Preparatory Academy of Finance HOPE Business in a Box Competition

On Tuesday, May 6 2014, at Executive Preparatory Academy of Finance in Hawthorne, California, eighteen brave ninth graders took to the stage and pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges, made up of community members, bankers, and executives. Thanks to Popular Community Bank and especially Vernon Aguirre, (California Region Executive for Popular Community Bank) for his instrumental help to orchestrate the generous monetary contribution to support the HOPE Business in a Box Academy at Executive Preparatory Academy of Finance.

HOPE ATL Supports Collects Shoes For Save the Earth Projects, A Youth Social Venture

By Angela Jones, Youth Empowerment Fellow, HOPE Inside Ebenezer We at Operation Hope are not only working tirelessly to improve the economic quality of life for individuals, families and communities, but we also acknowledge and support members of communities who are thematically doing the same. Through HOPE ATL Supports Operation HOPE Atlanta is committed in completing a community service project on a quarterly...

Your New Economy: How To Turn $36 and Hustle Into A $200,000 Plus Annual Income

I recently met Eric McLean, a mobile notary public in Atlanta, who came by my office. As we signed documents I asked him how he became a notary. I assumed this was a part-time source of income for him. That’s what I get for assuming. McLean told me that he sort of stumbled into the business, beginning by paying the city $36 for a notary stamp. But he committed himself to working hard, and during his first month...

K-12 To Nowhere? Preparing Our Kids For Jobs That Actually Exist.

We tell our kids to go to school, K-12 (elementary school, middle school, and then high school), and then we tell them to graduate. Perfect. Right message. We then tell our kids to continue on to college, graduating there, and attaining some degree in higher education. Perfect. Right message here too. And then we tell our kids to then go find a job at either big business (or government). You can almost name...

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