In October of 2010, Dr. Tony Smith, Superintendent of Schools for Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), and Operation HOPE (HOPE) signed a progressive memorandum of understanding, encouraging all 4th – 12th graders in Oakland Unified to be educated in financial literacy and the Banking on Our Future program (BOOF).
Over the past six months, staff from OUSD and HOPE have worked tirelessly to promote the benefits of BOOF to OUSD educators and our joint efforts are paying off. By June, 2011, over 1,720 Oakland students will have been empowered by HOPE Corps Volunteers in the BOOF financial literacy empowerment program, and plans are in the works to educate students attending summer school.
HOPE thanks for OUSD and its leadership for their commitment to providing financial literacy empowerment to the youth of Oakland and we look forward to continuing our new friendship for years to come.
Kevin W. Fleming
Senior Vice President
Global Director of Field Operations
Operation HOPE, Inc.