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Established in June 2011 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America)—an initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation—addresses economic recovery in the United States. CGI America brings together leaders in business, government, and civil society to generate and implement commitments to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, foster innovation, and support workforce development in the United States. Since the first meeting in 2011, CGI America participants have made more than 400 commitments, which have already improved the lives of nearly 1.4 million people.  Operation HOPE is proud to be a member of CGI, since its establishment in 2005.

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes leaders to turn ideas into action. CGI Commitments to Action represent bold new ways that CGI members address global challenges—implemented through new methods of partnership and designed to maximize impact. Commitments can be small or large, global or local. No matter the size or scope, commitments help CGI members translate practical goals into meaningful and measurable results.

This year, HOPE has created a CGI Commitment to Action.  Leveraging our newest initiative, HOPE B- Business Compact, we are making business internships available for six-weeks or longer to young people from low-wealth, urban and rural underserved communities who achieve a B- or better grade point average in high school.  Each of these students will receive a $500 allowance covering transportation, food and the cost of one business suit or professional outfit.

It is the belief that as a result of a six-week business internship the benefits will be two fold. For youth, the experience within a business environment will provide professional development to change their outlook on themselves and the nature of work. For business partners, the exposure with the young person will demonstrate the potential of the “opportunity generation” to provide real value and enhance professional environments.

By June 2016, Operation HOPE commits to:

  •  Recruit 10 partners to commit to supporting HOPE B- Business Compact.
  •  Identify, train and deploy 100 B- students in 6-week business internships across the US.