I had the opportunity to go to Occidental College today to attend a Leadership Development Breakfast in support of our HOPE Inside Fellow, Anne Novack, who is currently working on developing the online certification course for HOPE Inside Plus as part of her fellowship.
By Hannah Cho, HOPE Business In A Box Academies/ Casey Family Programs Fellow
My journey as the 2014 HOPE Business in a Box Academy/Casey Family Programs Fellow began by becoming instantly immersed in HOPE operations. Unlike other jobs, there was no gradual wade into the water. Instead, I had to dive right in and take on planning and carrying out HOPE Business in a Box Academies (HBIABA) and other HOPE youth...
So many programs, so many doors, so many faces, and above all, so many brand new opportunities here at Operation HOPE. I am mesmerized by the amount of people who are part of this organization, but more impressed by the amount of knowledge I have already gained in my first week as a Fellow.
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.
It was on her way driving to Colorado that Hannah McFadden got the call offering her the position of HOPE Fellow. After two years in North Carolina working as a research assistant, Hannah had gotten her ‘itchy pants’ and decided it was time to head for the hills (literally).
It’s been an exciting first quarter for the Fellows, Interns and Loaned Executive (FILE) program! We’ve welcomed a new cohort of Fellows and Interns into the HOPE family and attended some special events.
I am frequently asked the following question by relatives, friends, professionals at networking events, teachers, you name it:
"So, what do you do?"
As I turn the corner on the halfway mark on my year-long Fellowship with HOPE, I have been looking back on my journey and exploring the true answers to this question. Immediately, it might seem that I run around Denver recruiting and training volunteers, scheduling classes with teachers, observing or teaching classes, picking up donations, or sitting in front of a laptop for hours answering emails but, it turns out, that’s really not 'what I do' at all.
Operation HOPE, Inc. (HOPE) has a team of all-star accountants, but one accountant stands out in particular. Her name is Badryah Alhusaini and she is the HOPE Accounting Fellow. Having graduated with her Masters in Accounting from the University of Southern California in May 2013, Badryah came right to work for HOPE. With no experience in the world of non-profits, she soon discovered a new world of accounting. Nonetheless, she has been fully engaged from day one.
Operation HOPE’s Fellows, Interns and Loaned Executives (FILE) program has been working diligently to establish itself as the ‘best in class’ global Fellowship and Internship program. As a way to prioritize and drive impact, FILE has developed a strong 2014 strategic plan to ensure successful outcomes throughout the year. These measures of success include increasing FILE participation nationwide, improving upon the current leadership development activities and building relationships with colleges, non-profits and scholarly programs.
On my first day at Operation HOPE, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant asked me two of the most important questions pertaining to my working here: “What are you passionate about?” and “Why Operation HOPE?”
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.
By Amelia Casillas, FILE Program Manager
As the manager for the Fellows, Interns and Loaned Executive (FILE) program at Operation HOPE, Inc. (HOPE) I am always looking for new ways to engage our Fellows and Interns. With a program that spans five states, three time zones and varying work schedules, it can be a bit challenging to bring everyone together!
FILE Leadership Calls have been our solution, and thanks to...
Having recently celebrated a birthday, worked hard on the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit, then traveled to Alabama for the Thanksgiving holiday, Gabrielle’s November has been jam-packed! To top it all off, she is the November recipient of the FILE Monthly Award. Congratulations to Gabrielle for being the November Fellow of the Month!