By Natasha Eldridge

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Operation HOPE is excited to see the growth in the commitments for our Project 5117 initiative. To date, we have a total of 1,318 commitments made in support of  teaching financial dignity in underserved and unbanked communities. 

A numerical acronym for program goals, Project 5117 stands for 5 million youth empowered through financial literacy; 1 million of these empowered youth will have an opportunity to become future entrepreneurs and local job creators through HOPE Business In A Box Academies; open 1,000 HOPE Inside offices located in bank branches to raise the average credit score in a community to 700.

Project 5117’s mission is to strengthen the economy by focusing on empowering those who earn less than $50,000 a year. Its concept was developed as part Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action. Operation HOPE is excited by the initiatives success but we still have not reached our goal of 1,600 commitments by Dec. 1. In two months, we need less than 300 additional commitments before we begin year two of Project 5117.

There are many ways you can commit to eradicating poverty and increasing financial dignity.

  • Volunteer. Be a Business Role Model and/or a Business in a Box Pitch Competition Judge to help young entrepreneurs bring business ideas to life

  • Support. Help a local HOPE Business in a Box youth entrepreneur through Crowdfunding

  • Teach. Be a volunteer for Banking On Our Future, or HOPE Business In A Box to a  classroom of students in your city

  • Subscribe. Or recruit for HOPE Business in a Box Academies

  • Attend. A workshop or sponsor a HOPE Inside locations

  • Partner. Join as a national partner of Project 5117

To learn more about Project 5117 and how you can make a commitment, click here.

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