November 3, 2014
This October, Jamal White and Anthony Mata – 7th grade students at Westlake Middle School in Oakland, CA – launched their own Bay Area themed hat business, J&A Hats, after taking part in the Operation HOPE Business in a Box program at their school the prior year.
"Operation HOPE is so proud of all the hard work Jamal and Anthony put in to create, and now run their business," said Rebecca Blanco, Youth Empowerment Program Manager at Operation HOPE. "Their desire to represent the Bay Area in a positive way shows they are thinking bigger than themselves and for their community. Jamal and Anthony are exactly the kind of business leaders we need.