Operation HOPE founder and HOPE Global Spokesman meet with Georgia Governor on financial literacy as a new civil rights issue

March, 2011

Earlier today, civil rights icon Ambassador Andrew Young, my personal hero, mentor and our HOPE Global Spokesman (and former mayor of Atlanta, and congressman from Georgia, amongst other credentials), and I met for over an hour with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal in his State Capitol office.

We covered a great deal of ground in our meeting, but a couple of topical items stuck out. Ambassador Young encouraged the Governor to continue support for HOPE Scholarships (no relationship to Operation HOPE) and I am pleased to report that the Governor stated, even with greatly expanded usage and need, and while the scholarships now cover 90% versus 100% of expenses, the State and the Governor is still 100% supportive of this vitally important program for our next generation of leaders.

Ambassador Young and I spoke to the critical need for greatly expanded financial literacy education in K-12 education. The Governor, who is the product of 4-H and Future Farmers of America, expressed his strong support for financial literacy empowerment, and encouraged me to meet next with some of his key appointees, and I plan to do that.

We of course will see what comes, but this was a very encouraging first meeting. As a new resident in the state, I plan on keeping my commitment to the Governor to work closely with his Administration to make Georgia, and our nation, successful. Let's go....

Onward with HOPE

- Posted by John Hope Bryant

John Hope Bryant is the founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc., author of bestselling business book LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), and member of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability

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