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February 25 2011

Two New Financial Literacy Empowerment Programs Coming to Greater New Orleans Schools

Rita Laners
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New Orleans, LA – February 25, 2011 – Financial literacy empowerment nonprofit Operation HOPE, Inc (HOPE) and Louisiana Saves, along with Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) announced the launch of two new financial literacy empowerment programs in the Greater New Orleans-area on February 17, 2011 from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm in the main gym at Southern University at New Orleans.

The event featured presentations from Mr. Eddie Francis, Director of Public Relations at SUNO, Dr. Pamela Wanga, Director of Child Development & Family Studies, Dr. Victor Ukpolo, Chancellor SUNO, the Office of New Orleans Mayor and City Council, Jessica Knox of Louisiana Saves and Kristen Sullivan from Operation HOPE.

 “We are excited to work with SUNO and Louisiana Saves to provide financial education to the New Orleans community,” said Kristen Sullivan, program coordinator at Operation HOPE.  

HOPE and Louisiana Saves will work together to raise awareness about the importance of saving and reducing debt on SUNO’s campus. SUNO students will also be trained to serve as HOPE Corps volunteers in their Banking on Our Future (BOOF) program, which delivers financial literacy education in classrooms to 4th through 12th graders.

BOOF teaches youth and young adults not only about the basics of banking, checking and savings accounts, credit and investments but how to live one’s life with dignity. Since 1996, BOOF has educated almost 550,000 students across the country.

About Operation HOPE, Inc.
Founded in 1992, social empowerment nonprofit Operation HOPE’s mission is to expand economic opportunity in underserved communities through financial literacy education. HOPE promotes "silver rights" – making free enterprise and capitalism relevant and effective for the under-resourced. Serving more than 1.2 million people, raising more than $500 million and restructuring nearly $400 million in sub-prime mortgages from the private sector, for a total of approximately $900 million in economic activity, HOPE seeks dignity and empowerment for all. Follow Operation HOPE at,, and

About Louisiana Saves

Louisiana Saves is a statewide financial education and social marketing campaign.   It is an affiliate of America Saves, a program of the Consumer Federation of America and is being administered by the Institute of Community Development.  We are a part of the broad based national organization dedicated to helping Americans save through financial education. Louisiana Saves has coordinated a coalition of financial professionals and organizations to spread the word about saving and reducing debt.