John and Oprah

This Week's Use Your Life Award (May, 2001)

Operation HOPE
Received by:
John Bryant
Sponsored by:
Paul Newman, Newman's Own and You, the Viewers

For more Information, please contact:
John Bryant
Operation HOPE, Inc.
707 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 3030
Los Angeles, CA 90017
PH: 213-891-2900
FAX: 213-489-7511

After witnessing the devastating Los Angeles riots of 1992, John Bryant was moved to action. Today, John is helping inner-city families get the financial education they need to get loans, start businesses, become homeowners, and achieve the dreams they thought were impossible.

From Homeless to Business Owner
Although John grew up in the slums of South Central Los Angeles, he was able to find financial success as a young man. However, poor business decisions made for a turbulent life — John went from living in a beach house in Malibu to living in his Jeep, homeless for six months. John was able to rebuild his life and create his own successful company— and yet he felt unfulfilled.

How it Began — Los Angeles Riots of 1992
In 1992 Los Angeles was the site of the largest riot in US history. South Central Los Angeles was left devastated financially and physically. John says, "The riots made me to want to make a contribution and give back to my own community."

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