Panel hosted by Rep. Hank Johnson part of week-long dialogue on improving financial standing of underserved communities during the CBC Annual Meeting  
WASHINGTON, DC – September 19, 2013 – Operation HOPE (HOPE) founder and CEO John Hope Bryant joined a Capitol Hill panel today to discuss strategies for supporting the financial health and dignity of underserved U.S. communities. The panel, hosted by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), is a part of week-long festivities commemorating the annual meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) in Washington, DC.  
"Operation HOPE's Silver Rights Movement builds on the Civil Rights Movement and Economic Justice Campaign, building upon the groundwork set by Martin Luther King, Jr. The aim of HOPE is to deliver financial empowerment through financial literacy tools and volunteers," said HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant. “Going forward, HOPE believes that the most efficient way to positively impact the communities we serve is by raising credit scores, reinvigorating student engagement in the classroom and promoting entrepreneurship endeavors for youth and adults.” 
Marking the anniversary of the great financial meltdown, Bryant shared some of the findings from HOPE’s 2012 executive report, which was just released. The report details policy recommendations and best practices as discussed and shared during the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Forum in Atlanta, last November. He also focused his discussion on the importance of investing and improving financial literacy by starting entrepreneur endeavors. Under the umbrella of Operation HOPE Project 5117 and America 2020, Bryant shared that through these two new innovative programs HOPE expects to empower 1 million youth through participation in an empowerment intervention strategy; quadruple from 5% to 20% and create 25,000 new youth entrepreneurs. 

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