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November 26 2013

Operation HOPE Joins First American Financial and the National Center for Human and Civil Rights to Begin the first Silver Rights Financial Literacy Academy


ATLANTA – November 26, 2013 – Financial dignity leader Operation HOPE (HOPE) announced today the details of a partnership with the First American Financial and the National Center for Human and Civil Rights to implement the first Silver Rights Financial Literacy Academy (Academy). The Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the second annual HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit in Atlanta on November 14th, and outlined as a plan to bring youth financial empowerment and literacy to college students.

“Financial literacy and dignity is the first key piece for an individual to take advantage of the opportunities we have in this country – otherwise it’s going to be difficult for them to be an active participant in the U.S. economy,” said John Hope Bryant Operation HOPE founder, chairman and CEO. “We are pleased to partner with First American Financial and the National Center for Human and Civil Rights to help give college students a key piece of education towards making them successful.”

The inaugural Academy is set to begin in late July 2014. It will provide 48 sophomore and junior year college students with tools to make informed financial decisions and proactively work toward their economic well-being. 

We believe that through the Silver Rights Academy young people will have the opportunity to break the cycle of generational poverty, and through vigilance and ongoing support, they will be on the right path to economic equality,” said Deborah J. Richardson Executive Vice President of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. “These are important issues that will be a part of our own unique programming at the Center, but we are honored to work with First American and Operation HOPE knowing fully that our combined efforts will eliminate barriers to economic security for college students on the realm of success.”

The proposed Academy will include 4 components: 1) Financial Literacy 2) Real Estate 3) Leadership and 4) Civic Engagement. The instruction will be developed and implemented with public and private partners, financial-industry professionals, colleges and other nonprofit organizations. In addition to financial literacy education, students will receive motivational messages on empowerment, responsibility and hope. 

“By teaching students basic financial and money management skills, the Academy will complement First American Financials long-standing commitment to financial literacy and community involvement. Academy students’ exposure to prudent money-management practices and career options will have a lasting impact,” said Lionel Savage President, First American Community Fund.

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a cultural institution coming to Atlanta in spring of 2014. The Center provides exhibitions, designated event spaces, a broadcast studio, and educational forums that share the courageous fight of all people to secure equality for African Americans in the modern American Civil Rights Movement, and its fundamental impact and inspiration on contemporary movements for human rights globally. The Center will be the only public place in the world displaying the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection (King Papers). Visitors will be immersed in an interactive story-telling experience in each exhibit. The facilities will also serve as a hub for ongoing dialogue — attracting world-renowned speakers and artists who work on a variety of human rights topics. For more information, visit

About Operation HOPE, Inc. (HOPE)

Operation HOPE (HOPE) is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting financial literacy and dignity through various educational programs and initiatives. Since its founding in 1992, HOPE has served more than two million individuals and directed more than $1.5 billion in private capital to low-wealth communities. It maintains a growing army of 20,000 HOPE Corps volunteers, and currently serves more than 300 U.S. cities, as well as South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates. At the core of HOPE’s mission to eradicate poverty and empower people through financial literacy is a “silver rights” movement to ensure that free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved. To learn more about HOPE, visit our blog or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.