Sun Trust, Operation HOPE to devise financial literacy program for working poor, may teach entrepreneurship

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By David Pendered

An interesting meeting is set for June 10, one that will bring elite bankers together with street-wise advocates of the working poor in order to help a low-wealth community in Atlanta.

John Hope Bryant speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in this undated photo. Credit: minnesota.publicradio.org

John Hope Bryant speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in this undated photo. Credit: minnesota.publicradio.org

The goal is to devise a program that will teach financial literacy to those who don’t live in a world where financial advisors reach out to them. There’s a chance that lessons in entrepreneurship may be in the curriculum that is to begin this autumn.

Sun Trust Banks and Operation HOPE are partnering to offer the program. It’s a way for Sun Trust to return to its roots of community building, and Operation HOPE already is a good partner, Sun Trust executive Dan Mahurin said Wednesday.

Operation HOPE’s CEO and founder, John Hope Bryant, said in a statement that the expanding relationship with Sun Trust will further enable the global non-profit to continue its mission of helping those who are financially disadvantaged to benefit from free enterprise.

Operation HOPE and Sun Trust have been partners since 2010 at Atlanta’s HOPE Center, which provides economic education and empowerment. The dignity center is located at Ebenezer Baptist Church, in the Martin Luther King, Sr. Community Resource Facility. Sun Trust provided a $1 million contribution to that program.

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