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Posted: 12/05/14, 4:27 PM PST | 

Earlier this year, I was able to meet Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant at a book signing for his newest book “How The Poor Can Save Capitalism.” He noted a study by the University of Chicago and cited in Malcom Gladwell’s “The Tipping Point” which said it only takes five percent of a community to act as role models to stabilize a community.

Incredible. Only five percent of positive role models are needed for our young people to be inspired by, aspire to be and view themselves in a new, more positive way.

I am a resident of Rialto (for more than 40 years), longtime employee of the Rialto Unified School District, parent of four RUSD high school graduates and grandparent of three students currently in RUSD schools. I believe we made great strides toward a five percent role model goal last month.

Rialto Middle School and Kolb Middle School Robotics Clubs hosted the Inland Empire’s First Lego League Robotics Qualifying Tournament, which received participation from 11 schools in the region. We had over 70 mentors from ages 12 to 60 who assisted in our tournament and represented proudly the city of Rialto and Rialto Unified School District to our visiting teams. 

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John Hope Bryant 
is the 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)His newest bestselling book is How The Poor Can Save Capitalism (Berrett Koehler Publishing).

Bryant is a Member of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, and co-chair for Project 5117, which is a plan for the rebirth of underserved America.

Bryant is the only bestselling author on economics who is also African-American.

Credit: A special thanks to Architects Of Group Genius, which produced the HOPE Doctrine on Poverty movie on a pro-bono basis for Operation HOPE.

Follow John Hope Bryant on LinkedIn Influencers here.

Posted by Natasha Eldridge, Office of the Chairman

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