April was National Financial Literacy Month, with initiatives all over the country to promote financial literacy. Any Operation HOPE employee will tell you that we work hard to increase financial literacy- not just during April, but every day! My experience as both a college student and as a HOPE fellow gives me a unique perspective on this important issue.
During the summer of 2012, Operation HOPE hired 10 summer Fellows to assist with various projects across the country and in the multiple HOEP offices.
Ann Li, who was based in the LA region, assisted with Banking on Our Future, HOPE Center, technology and operations projects and earned her keep with impecable work ethic, attention to detail and a positive can-do attitude.
Since her fellowship ended in August,...
Summer Fellow Ann Li didn’t leave the FILE program without making a huge impact on HOPE clients and personnel. After teaching a six-week course in Banking on Our Future, Ann was personally thanked by students in this adorable video created by our partner, Choice Group Inc.:
Ann Li reflects on her experience teaching Banking on Our Future.
Every minute I spent in Cape Town was worthwhile, but the biggest lesson I learned this summer came from the interactions I had with the people around me. Everyone I met was accepting, friendly, and seemed to genuinely care about me, even if it was our first meeting. That feeling of love is worth more than anything else in the world, and by spreading that love with a hug or smile, I learned you can make quite the difference in a person’s life.
From Field Trips to meet-ups with President Clinton, DC Fellows have proved time and again that Washingtonians know how to have fun. DC HOPE Fellow Katherine Trujillo was given a backstage pass to the VIP room of Gallup's State Department and World Bank Event, thanks to Operation HOPE's partnership with Gallup.
Your first full-time job is always an experience to remember, and at week six of the HOPE Forum Fellowship, Sherry Tao is rocking the 40-hour work week and taking on the prep for November's Global Dignity Summit.
Volunteering isn't just a rewarding way to serve the surrounding community -- it's also a crash course in personal development.
While any kind of volunteering will impact an individual, volunteering for Operation HOPE brings a special kind of experience. Volunteers see communities getting stronger. They help bring happiness and dignity to places where hope seems to be lost.
Katherine Karmen Trujillo is Operation HOPE’s Summer 2012 Global Initiatives Fellow. Trujillo is a recent University of California, Berkeley graduate whose studies focused on grassroots movements and democratization in Latin America and the Middle East.
For D.C. HOPE Fellows, there's no such thing as a casual educational outing. Last Wednesday, after attending an event at the Brookings Institute on U.S.-African economic relations, the HOPE fellows met the one and only Bill Clinton in a post-panel meet and greet.
Two HOPE Fellows try their hand at teaching Banking on Our Future and learn what it's like to teach financial dignity.
The first day of our fellowship with Operation HOPE in Washington DC began with one phrase, “Do you have comfortable shoes?”