"As a fairly new member of the Operation HOPE family, my highlight for the year occurred during my first month of action in October. It happened when I saw the excitement on youth's faces as they participated in our BOOF program. Additionally, a valuable highlight was the lessons that I learned about coordinating successful programs with our partners."
I was honored to attend the HOPE Financial Freedom Fair during my first week as a HOPE Fellow. The fair took place in Compton, CA at El Camino College Compton Center. The event attracted much participation from Compton residents and it provided a plethora of tools to promote financial freedom. Several partners and dynamic speakers attended the event.
At age 24, my professional goals were set high, like busting through the stratosphere high. I had racked up two years of experience in various academic and coordinator roles after graduation and I knew I was ready for the next level.
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.
I graduated high school and survived my first few years post-academia largely because of one quality, my competitive drive. A few select teachers forced maturity and good-naturedness out of me along the way but I was an aimless 17-year old with tons of energy.
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!
My experience of the 2013 HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit (HGFDS) is a memory I will forever cherish. At the closing of this amazing summit, it is almost surreal that the two days of the HGFDS flew by so quickly after months of preparation. Although many could think of this large-scale event as an arduous task, not only did I survive, but I even thrived! In my mind, I am asking, “What is next?”
Recently, HOPE was asked by Internships.com to be featured in their new weekly blog series called, “Company Spotlight.” This fresh blog series showcases companies that Internships.com think are interesting, and offer good internship opportunities for students.
By Amelia Casillas, FILE Program Manager
Moving into its second year of operation, the Fellows, Interns and Loaned Executive (FILE) Program at Operation HOPE, Inc. (HOPE) welcomed new Fellows and Interns into the HOPE family and implemented some exciting new changes!
In 2013 alone, there have been over 600 applications for various Fellowships around the country. With about a 4% acceptance rate, the FILE program is...
by Edward K. Minta, Development Fellow – Office of the Chairman
Before delving further into how Entrepreneurship and Capitalism work alongside one another, each must be understood at its most basic level.
“An entrepreneur is a person who organizes and manages a business undertaking, assuming the risk for the sake of profit. An entrepreneur: Sees an opportunity; makes a plan; starts the business; manages the...
by Amelia Casillas, Program Manager, Fellows, Interns and Loaned Executives
October kicked off an exciting new initiative for the Fellows, Interns and Loaned Executive (FILE) Program at Operation HOPE, Inc. (HOPE). Once a month, Fellows and Interns now have the opportunity to be recognized for their hard work and dedication. Based on a set of determinants, including community service, involvement in leadership...
by Gabrielle Arrington, Development Fellow – HOPE Office of Partnerships
Through an ongoing office initiative, “HOPE ATL Supports”, HOPE Atlanta interns, fellows, and staff have been volunteering their time with civic and community organizations in the metro area. As a HOPE Fellow, I had the opportunity to coordinate an office community service activity with Trinity Community Ministries, and arrange a...