This is one of our HOPE Fellows, Ms.Ongelique Sherman, whom I met today at a meeting with all of our Atlanta local HOPE Fellows and HOPE Interns (HOPE FILE Program).

Ongelique is a particular inspiration, as a 20-year old entrepreneur and the designer and creator of ONGIEMARIES products.  When Ongelique was nine, she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, a type of blood cancer.  She started attending Camp Sunshine, a camp for kids with cancer or recovering from cancer.  One of the activities was purse making and this was the beginning of the creation of ONGIEMARIES.  Ongelique created a purse and carried it to school.  When people fell in love with it, she started creating purses for her peers, which eventually grew into what is known as ONGIEMARIES today. 

And check out my vision for HOPE Business In A Box here.

Let's go, change ouor world. One amazing young person at a time.


John Hope Bryant is an entrepreneur, author, advisor, and one of the nation's most recognized empowerment leader.  He is the founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, The 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.


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