As the Global Dignity USA Country Chair, I am proud to report that we have reached and taught Dignity Day curriculum to more than 86,000 youth in 2012, and more than 284,000 over the last three years through the Operation HOPE Banking on Our Future program. We have 1,600 plus HOPE Corps volunteers dedicated to Global Dignity.
We have now formally incorporated A Course In Dignity curriculum into the formal Banking on Our Future program, and could not be more pleased with this decision.
Our goals for 2013, for Global Dignity USA, include securing more dedicated ‘Dignity’ volunteers, reaching and teaching 10,000 during GLOBAL DIGNITY DAY and 100,000 youth throughout the whole of the year. My personal goal is to recruit 100 Global Dignity City Chairs to lead this effort city-by-city, across America.
A special thank you here to Shannon Campbell, who has been instrumental in moving forward both Global Dignity (international), and Global Dignity USA. A special thank you as well to Christina Alfonso who now serves as managing director for Global Dignity.
Onward and with HOPE.
John Hope Bryant is a thought leader, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), the only African-American bestselling business author in America, and is chairman of the Subcommittee for the Under-Served and Community Empowerment for the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, for President Barack Obama. Mr. Bryant is the co-founder of the Gallup-HOPE Index, the only national research poll on youth financial dignity and youth economic energy in the U.S. He is also a co-founder of Global Dignity with HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland. Global Dignity is affiliated with the Forum of Young Global Leaders and the World Economic Forum. Mr. Bryant is a thought leader represented by the Bright Sight Group for public speaking. Mr. Bryant serves on the board of directors of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (NYSE: ACRE), a specialty finance company that is managed by an affiliate of Ares Management LLC, a global alternative asset manager with approximately $59 billion in committed capital under management as of December 31, 2012.