Stories of HOPE- Kris Lynds

  By Susie Casillas, Social Media Fellow Kris Lynds is one of our valued volunteers for Operation HOPE in Oakland and the Bay Area. Kris graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in finance and has been working in the banking sector for over 26 years. He also holds a California Real Estate Broker’s License and had an extensive background of 30 years in commercial lending and real...

Banking On Our Future with East West Bank

By James Chen On March 12, 2015, East West Bank and Operation HOPE collaborated once again to reach out into the community by teaching financial literacy to over 250 students at Dewey Elementary in San Gabriel, California.     Under the leadership of East West Bank’s Dorothy Chan, Vice President, Manager of Community Development, and Sam Kim, CRA Analyst, they recruited 19 of their colleagues to teach students...

HOPE Spotlight: James Chen

Los Angeles & Orange County Program Manager for Youth Empowerment Programs at Operation HOPE James Chen was honored by The California Teachers Association Service Center One Community Council Outreach Action Team on March 18. James was recognized for his ongoing support and dedication to the students and teachers at Rio Hondo Elementary School in the Arcadia area.

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...

Operation HOPE Inspires Economic Empowerment at Santa Teresa Elementary School

The students of Santa Teresa Elementary School in San Jose, Ca. got to enjoy a break from their regular class schedule to celebrate Martin Luther King's birthday and legacy with a visit from HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant.

Rhonda J. Williams Teaches First Workshop as Financial Management Counselor

HOPE Financial Dignity Center Atlanta at Ebenezer welcomed the newest edition to their team- Financial Management Counselor Rhonda J. Williams. Rhonda first arrived at HOPE Atlanta in July as a skill-based volunteer eager to assist in HOPE’s mission to bring financial dignity to the community. Through Operation HOPE’s Credit and Money Management workshops, which are offered at the center every third...

Reflections on Financial Education from a HOPE Center Financial Consultant

On Thursday, December 13, I had the pleasure of attending a meeting of the HAPPI Program, an outreach program for young adults preparing to go to college. There were 20 organizations in attendance to inform the students about different professional fields so that the students could make choices about what they would like to study in college.

NBC Gives A Voice to Education with ‘Education Nation’

This September, NBC will highlight the opinions and dilemmas of teachers its third annual televised town hall "Education Nation," a platform for open discussion and a collective push to optimize the classroom experiences of American youth. News anchor Brian Williams will interview teachers from across the nation to highlight the need for new policies during this pertinent lead-up to the 2012 Presidential Election.

Banking on Our Future for Beginners Part II: Defining Dignity

BOOF For Beginners Part II: Defining Dignity Read Part One The word dignity is an elusive term – something difficult for adults to understand let alone children. Yet Operation HOPE stresses dignity as a fundamental aspect of our Banking on Our Future youth curriculum. Ann and I braced ourselves. As young adults, we’re still learning the definition of dignity with every step we take. When we returned to...

New Students Kick Off Freshman Year With A Bang (and a Buck)

College orientations are an exciting introduction to a new stage of life, and now they got just a little better with the introduction of Banking on Our Future College Edition at North Carolina A&T State University.

Operation HOPE 20th Anniversary Bus Tour Connects Past Challenges with Future Opportunity

Operation HOPE this week marked the 20th anniversary of the Rodney King Riots by leading a convoy of investors, community leaders, entrepreneurs and government officials on a bus tour through South Los Angeles.

You Can Be Whatever You Want

“You can be whatever you want to be." It’s such a common concept in the United States--the Land of Opportunity--that it seems as though this phrase is ingrained in our national soul.

Watch the The Gallup-HOPE Index Forum

On October 13, Operation HOPE and Gallup announced the results of the Gallup-HOPE Index–a new study designed to measure the economic energy and financial literacy of America’s youth.

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