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Operation HOPE Launches National Financial Literacy Marathon

Banking on Our Future Across America 2005 "Financial Literacy as America’s First `Silver Right’ in the 21st Century"

Operation HOPE, Inc. (OHI), launches Banking on Our Future Across America 2005 — "Financial Literacy as America’s First `Silver Right’ in the 21st Century," a 13-city financial literacy marathon, to bring support of its efforts in financial education for youth in underserved communities, to expand awareness of its award-winning financial literacy program, and to launch the new on-line curriculum www.bankingonourfuture.org. With a goal to educate 16,000 youth from April 12th-June 30th, OHI also plans to celebrate the 160,000th youth educated. A thousand HOPE Corps members will be recruited to deliver these results.

With widespread success in many major U.S. markets through public/private partnerships, Operation HOPE has educated 143,000 children at more than 500 schools and community-based organizations with its program Banking on Our Future. Launched in 1996, Banking on Our Future has brought over 2,500 volunteer banker-teachers into classrooms to teach young people practical money management skills, while inspiring them to take control of their financial futures. It is the only face-to-face financial literacy program taught year round in public schools at no cost to schools. Banking on Our Future is a winner of the Oprah’s Angel Network award and the U.S. Treasury Department’s John Sherman Award for financial literacy excellence. The program teaches four core modules: about the basics of banking, how to open and maintain a checking and savings account, the power of credit, and basic investments.

Ambassador Andrew Young kicked off Banking on Our Future Across America 2005 in Atlanta on April 12th during "A Day of HOPE." This financial literacy campaign, aimed at empowering the upcoming generations of inner-city youth, features a series of executive teaching sessions from April 12th to June 30th. The Honorable Andrew Young, Atlanta’s former mayor and acclaimed civil rights activist, is the national spokesperson for Los Angeles-based Operation HOPE, a nonprofit organization that has pioneered national financial literacy and economic empowerment programs in inner cities across the U.S.

About Operation HOPE:

Operation HOPE, Inc. (OHI) (www.operationhope.org, www.bankingonourfuture.org, and www.hopecoalitionamerica.org), is America’s first nonprofit social investment bank and a national provider of financial literacy and economic empowerment programs. Through ongoing collaborations and long-term partnerships with leading government, private sector, and community interests, OHI works to bring self-sufficiency and a sustained spirit of revitalization to America’s inner-city communities. OHI’s HOPE Centers, a growing network of inner-city banking centers, have created more than 800 new homeowners and small business owners, more than $125 million in funded loans, and more than $210 million in commitments for homeownership and small business loans from their 250 bank and corporate partners.

Calendar of Teaching Sessions  April 19th DETROIT, MI Golightly Career & Technical Center SPEAKERS: John Bryant, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Operation HOPE; Glenn C. Hansen, Sr. VP & Branch Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago - Detroit Branch; and Shirley Stancato, President & CEO, New Detroit  June 6 (tentative)                         April 28th BOSTON, MA                                 PHILADELPHIA, PA Woodrow Wilson Middle School               Leidy Elementary School  WASHINGTON DC Peninsula Elementary  May 17th                                   May 24th NEW YORK CITY                      
;        CHICAGO, IL PS 282 - Park Slope Elementary             Doolittle School School  May 26th                                   June 1st BALTIMORE, MD                              LOS ANGELES, CA Dickey Hill Elementary/Middle              Thomas Bradley School                                     Environmental Science and                                            Humanities   June 2nd                                   June 7th ANAHEIM, CA                                OAKLAND, CA Westmont Elementary School                 Fruitvale Elementary School  June 9th                                   June 14th PORTLAND, CA                               Malcolm X Elementary School  June 30th WASHINGTON, DC Launch of www.bankingonourfuture.org DC HOPE Center 

Operation HOPE, Inc.
Xavier Sibaja, 213-926-5134
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