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HOPE for the Unbanked: What SunTrust’s New Commitment for 200 HOPE Inside Locations could mean for you

The HOPE Blog - 457 days ago
According to the 2015 FDIC National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households, 7 percent of households in the United States were unbanked in 2015, translating to approximately 9 million unbanked households. Moreover, 19.9 percent of U.S. households (24.5 million) was underbanked. Unbanked individuals can be defined as individuals who rely heavily on alternative financial services to acquire fu [...] more

Financial Wellbeing Coach Shares Tips For A Successful Entrepreneurial Journey

The HOPE Blog - 508 days ago
Statistics show that over 80% of new businesses fail within the first five years and are even worse for minority business owners. Preparing yourself with the proper training and skills can go a long way in helping you become a successful entrepreneur. Financial Wellbeing Coach, Joncey Lee, shared her story with us, after engaging in her third, "not-so pleasant" experience with a minority business [...] more

The Sky Is The Limit: 700 Credit Score Community Member Moves His Credit Score 70 Points

The HOPE Blog - 513 days ago
Meet Marc Jean-Baptiste. Marc is a proud and passionate native of Haiti, currently residing in Tampa, Florida. I met him earlier this year, while passing out flyers for my upcoming Credit and Money Management Workshop at North Tampa Library. We exchanged business cards and he decided to enroll in my 700 Credit Score Community at HOPE Inside SunTrust Bank in Tampa. [...] more

Stories Of HOPE: Latoya Saunders Takes Control Of Her Finances

The HOPE Blog - 541 days ago
Why risk my credit score with a credit card? This was a question that Latoya Saunders asked herself often. Latoya had always been hesitant to establish her credit. Over the years, she watched family members get into financial trouble with credit cards and didn't understand how credit worked. Consequently, she never established her credit or experienced the advantages of having a good credit score [...] more

HOPE Inside First Tennessee Bank Shares 5 Tips To Improve Your Credit Score

The HOPE Blog - 556 days ago
Residents of Memphis, Tennessee are flocking to HOPE Inside First Tennessee Bank's Credit and Money Management Workshops to get the credit assistance that they need to become homeowners, start businesses, and improve their credit scores, free of charge. They understand the significance of having a good credit score, and the setbacks associated with a poor credit rating. [...] more

HOPE Inside BB&T Bank In Atlanta Hosts Inspirational ‘Pitch Night’ For Entrepreneurs

The HOPE Blog - 563 days ago
HOPE Inside BB&T Bank in Atlanta is bidding farewell to a dedicated cohort of entrepreneurs enrolled in the Entrepreneur Training Program. Small Business Program Coordinator, Jewel Thompson, had the honor of teaching this group of devoted small business owners during their tenure as students in her program. [...] more

HOPE Doctrine On Poverty Outlines 3 Things That Define Poverty Beyond Personal Finances

The HOPE Blog - 604 days ago
Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO, John Hope Bryant, says that there are 3 things that define poverty and struggle more than any other set of financial numbers ever could. [...] more

The Atlanta Youth Empowerment Group Makes History While Learning History

The HOPE Blog - 633 days ago
The Atlanta Youth Empowerment Group had the pleasure of hosting Girl Scouts (Troop 6099) from Hiram, Georgia for Banking On Our Future programming today! As a former Girl Scout myself, I was extremely honored to give back to a group that I was once a part of. After the Banking On Our Future lesson, we toured the Martin Luther King Center. Troop Leader, Paula Mensah, and the Girl Scouts were overjo [...] more

Georgia Community Leaders Welcome Two New HOPE Inside Locations With Special Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies

The HOPE Blog - 645 days ago
May 12th, 2016, the Buck Melton Center's "HOPE Inside" office will service as resource to financially IMG_0802empower Macon-Bibb county residents. The grand opening ceremony event kicked off with a warm welcome from Macon-Bibb County District 2 Commissioner, Larry Schlesinger. "We're pleased to partner with Operation HOPE." [...] more

On Mission: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams Marks Financial Capability Month; Recognizes Role of Operation HOPE and HSBC Partnership in Local Economic Empowerment

The HOPE Blog - 667 days ago
On March 30, 2016, members of the Brooklyn community gathered with the Borough President, Eric Adams, for a Financial Capability Month kick-off event. At the press conference, BP Adams solidified his support for reducing the debt of Brooklynites by 4% in 4 years with his “4 in 4” program. Executive Vice President of Operation HOPE, Mary Haggerty Ehrsam, was also on hand for remarks. She emphasized [...] more

Jessica Washington Joins WCEG Talk Radio To Discuss HOPE Business In A Box Academy Student Success

The HOPE Blog - 673 days ago
Had to share some major highlights from my experience on WCEG Talk Radio this week. One of our HOPE Business In A Box Academy youth entrepreneurs and I were invited to come on the show to discuss Operation HOPE's programs. Mr. Vincent Cheeks, host of the show Conversations in Education, is actually one of our very own Business Role Models; who works with students over a 10-week period to further d [...] more

Atlanta Youth Empowerment Group Launches It’s First Pitch Competition At Berean Christian Academy

The HOPE Blog - 676 days ago
Today, the Atlanta Youth Empowerment Group launched it's first pitch competition at Berean Christian Academy! This private school, located in Stone Mountain, Georgia, had a total of 11 student businesses pitch in front of our judges this afternoon! [...] more

Operation HOPE Welcomes New Banking On Our Future Intern Shadayah Gray

The HOPE Blog - 680 days ago
I am a new Banking On Our Future College Edition intern. My internship started February 22nd, 2016 and will end April 15th, 2016. I am located in the Washington, DC office. I was born and raised in Chicago, IL. I currently attend Howard University where I am a Finance major in the School of Business. I plan to to graduate May 2018 with honors. [...] more

If You Teach Them They Will Grow: Operation HOPE Gathers Student Entrepreneurs For HOPE Business In A Box Academies

The HOPE Blog - 681 days ago
Today, while most kids in Atlanta were counting down to Spring Break, our HOPE Business In A Box Academy youth entrepreneurs were in a business meeting. Students from six area schools met at HOPE Inside Ebenezer; accompanied by their instructors, school administrators, and Operation HOPE Business Role Models. In total, we hosted over 60 guests from Atlanta including: [...] more

Stories Of HOPE: Banking On Our Future At Scott Elementary School In Atlanta

The HOPE Blog - 684 days ago
Ms. Eldridge is a STAR volunteer of HOPE Corps in Atlanta, Georgia! She has taught Banking on Our Future programming to students over ten times, but she didn't stop there! She also taught a HOPE Business in a Box Academy at McNair Middle School, where a total of 11 student businesses pitched their ideas! [...] more

Spreading The Message Of Home Ownership In Atlanta

The HOPE Blog - 691 days ago
I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of 70 individuals at Habitat for Humanity's home ownership workshop. These individuals have an opportunity to apply for a low income mortgages through Habitat's program, with a little sweat equity. [...] more

Senior U.S. Treasury Official Visits HOPE Inside Nashville, Tennessee

The HOPE Blog - 691 days ago
HOPE Inside Nashville and our strategic partners in Tennessee, First Horizon and First Tennessee Bank, hosted a senior U.S. Treasury Department official last week. The Operation HOPE family was honored to receive Mr. Amias Moore Gerety, Acting Assisant Secretary for Financial Institutions for the U.S. Department of the Treasury in Washington, D.C. [...] more

HOPE Inside Memphis Conducts A Financial Freedom Workshop With The NAACP Youth Council

The HOPE Blog - 696 days ago
HOPE Inside Memphis had an opportunity to conduct a Financial Freedom Workshop for the NAACP Youth Council of Memphis, Tennessee. These were some of the brightest kids I've seen! We discussed differences between wants and needs, and the importance of having a budget. I allowed the students time to prepare a budget of their own, which was eye-opening to them. They also learned about credit, and [...] more

Credit Scores Take Off Like Rockets At HOPE Inside Memphis In SunTrust Bank

The HOPE Blog - 697 days ago
Chris Echols wanted to know how to reestablish his credit rating, so at the advice of a SunTrust employee, he attended an Operation HOPE Credit and Money Management Workshop. Since Mr. Eschol’s had not used credit or viewed his credit report in over 4 years, he was a little hesitate to sign-up for Operation HOPE’s free credit-counseling program. With a little HOPE and some encouragement, he enrol [...] more

Youth Empowerment Keeps Pumping At Operation HOPE After The Conclusion Of Global Money Week

The HOPE Blog - 698 days ago
Global Money Week may have ended, but the youth empowerment keeps pumping at Operation HOPE. HOPE Inside New York kicked off Global Money Week by educating students in Manhattan. They started off the week working with 12th graders on Math, Science and Engineering. The workshops were led by an amazing group of JP Morgan volunteers. HOPE Inside Baltimore also celebrated Global Money Week by educatin [...] more

HOPE Inside Ebenezer Gave Columbia Elementary Students A “Ticket To Ride” To MLK Jr. National Historic Site

The HOPE Blog - 702 days ago
Operation HOPE Inside Ebenezer just completed another Ticket To Ride 4th Grade Field Trip. This was our largest group of students to date: 110 4th graders! The students from Columbia Elementary School were receptive and enthusiastic throughout the entire tour. It could not have been a more beautiful day in Atlanta for touring the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. [...] more

Bringing Financial Literacy To Atlanta Public Schools: Operation HOPE Joins Forces With Usher’s New Look Foundation And SunTrust Bank

The HOPE Blog - 703 days ago
These last two days have been nothing short of AWESOME! The Atlanta Youth Empowerment Group (YEG) had the pleasure of working with SunTrust Bank and Usher's New Look Foundation as we taught financial literacy and self-empowerment training to students at Therrell and Carver High Schools. [...] more

Banking On Our Future: Julian Nava Learning Academy Visits First Republic Bank

The HOPE Blog - 710 days ago
On a cool winter day in downtown Los Angeles, an 8th grade class from Julian Nava Learning Academy visited First Republic Bank. The class had just completed Banking on our Future curriculum, so the visit allowed them to see a leading financial institution in action! This unique opportunity was made possible by Operation HOPE’s Youth Empowerment Group. [...] more

Students Shine At Operation HOPE Business In A Box Academy At Price Middle School In Atlanta

The HOPE Blog - 715 days ago
Wow! The Atlanta Youth Empowerment Group has officially tied our record number of student pitches. Price Middle School in Atlanta, GA had a total of 13 businesses pitch this afternoon; 6 of which are moving on to the next phase of completing their business plans with our Business Role Models. [...] more

Stories Of HOPE: Small Business Consultant Joins Operation HOPE’s 700 Credit Score Community

The HOPE Blog - 716 days ago
Dr. Lofton, a small business consultant, asked HOPE Financial Coach LaSheryl Askew to provide the 700 Credit Score Community program to her business class of future entrepreneurs. Dr. Lofton thought it best to lead by example, and fully participate in Operation HOPE's four-week education session, and one-one-credit counseling. [...] more

Madlene Nemri Joins HOPE Inside Tampa At SunTrust Bank’s 700 Credit Score Community

The HOPE Blog - 719 days ago
This stellar 700 Credit Score Community participant, and single mom, was hesitant to attend her first credit counseling session. Madlene Nemri, like many others, lost her job, and had trouble obtaining a new one. After investing too much money in a case, the law firm that she worked at had to downsize because they could not afford to keep their employees. She was a legal assistant in that law fir [...] more

Spotlight: HOPE Inside Ebenezer Welcomes A New Financial Dignity Intern

The HOPE Blog - 724 days ago
Cedric Olenga was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Hailing from the capital City, Kinshasa, he studied Business Administration at the Protestant University of the Congo, a prestigious Congolese institution. He graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Finance, Banking and Insurance. He worked as Assistant Treasurer at Access Bank before he relocated to America in 2011. [...] more

Stories Of HOPE: Marisa Hayward’s Ultimate Volunteer Experience

The HOPE Blog - 725 days ago
Having worked in the financial services industry for several years, Ms. Marisa Hayward was looking for an avenue that would bring her work experience, and her passion for volunteering and helping others together. Previously, Marisa has volunteered with many organizations, including the Epilepsy Foundation and several organizations that help homeless individuals through teaching and shared knowledg [...] more

HOPE Inside Atlanta Helps Home Buyers Achieve Their Dreams

The HOPE Blog - 726 days ago
The housing market in Atlanta has been steadily increasing, and this month HOPE Inside Atlanta had it's biggest Home Buyers Workshop to date. We had 73 people in attendance for the workshop. I am very pleased to have played a role in providing my community with the opportunity to own a home. [...] more

HOPE Inside New York Partners With Academy Of Urban Planning To Teach Financial Literacy

The HOPE Blog - 731 days ago
It was a family affair at the Academy of Urban Planning for Operation HOPE's Credit & Money Management Workshop, in partnership with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. Young Nathanial joined his mother and two sisters (pictured above) along with teachers, administrators, and parents to learn about budgeting, goal setting and credit. [...] more

Banking On Our Future: Behind The Scenes At Central Gwinnett High School

The HOPE Blog - 732 days ago
We were pleased to present Banking On Our Future courses to Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia. It was such a wonderful opportunity to be given 2 days to present the Banking On Our Future course material, instead of the usual 3-hour HOPE In A Day course. Volunteers from Peach State Credit Union teamed up in dynamic duos to present their special skills in finance. [...] more

Dear Coach Crystal: Can I Be Sued For Bad Debt?

The HOPE Blog - 736 days ago
Dear Coach Crystal, Can I be sued for an unpaid bill, even if I've offered to make small payments on that bill; or if I've told the company that I would make payments as soon as I could? - Smith [...] more

HOPE Inside Workshops Financially Empower Clients: HOPE Counselors Share Their Accomplishments

The HOPE Blog - 745 days ago
Just wrapped up a Credit and Money Management Workshop Luncheon with some First Tennessee Bankers. They were delighted to receive additional knowledge about budgeting and credit that will benefit their clients, and themselves. [...] more

Partnership Highlight: HOPE Inside Tampa Teaches Financial Literacy To SunTrust Bank Clients

The HOPE Blog - 753 days ago
Hi! I'm Milagros Agosto here at the HOPE Inside in Tampa. And we have Jenny De Jesus, she's the branch manager. We're going to talk about how our partnership is working. I know she experienced us giving her referrals; she got referrals from me, as well as she's given me referrals. So I just want to know about the experience of working together with Operation HOPE as a partner. [...] more

Tax Season Is Around The Corner: 8 Must Read Tips Before Filing Your Taxes

The HOPE Blog - 773 days ago
The anticipated and dreaded 2016 tax season is upon us! In the coming months, many taxpayers will get stressed out about getting their tax returns completed, and filed on time. Operation HOPE has some pointers on how to make the most out of your tax refund. Here are a few suggestions to consider before filing for your taxes. [...] more

A Look Back At 2015: Operation HOPE Creates Opportunities For Youth Entrepreneurs

The HOPE Blog - 775 days ago
On any given day throughout the year, HOPE's Youth Empowerment Group is presenting financial literacy to students across the globe. This year, HOPE Inside Atlanta has launched several new initiatives in addition to Banking On Our Future and HOPE Business In A Box Academies. [...] more

HOPE Inside Ebenezer Takes Advantage Of President Obama’s “Ticket To Ride” Initiative To Benefit Local Students

The HOPE Blog - 782 days ago
Operation HOPE's Youth Empowerment Group (YEG) launched President Obama's 4th grade field trip initiative, "Ticket To Ride" in Atlanta. HOPE invited fourth grade honor roll students from Mt. Zion Elementary School in Clayton County to visit the historic Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Site. Through a grant provided by the Obama administration, the travel expenses for the field trip were covere [...] more

Who’s Got Their Hands In The Cookie Jar This Election?

The HOPE Blog - 794 days ago
Wealth inequality is a pressing issue in today’s society. Immersed in a world of wealth, gated communities, and privilege, the elite few invest big money in presidential candidates. How much influence can one billionaire have in a nation being revolutionized by minorities and young voters? These elite families pour their riches into political affairs, investing about half of all the seed money rai [...] more

Announcing Operation HOPE’s Social Media Award Of Excellence Contest Winners

The HOPE Blog - 795 days ago
Since its inception in 1992, HOPE has served more than 2.5 million individuals, directing over $1.8 billion in private capital to America’s low-wealth communities. None of this is possible without the dedication of our HOPE counselors. Our HOPE counselors work around the clock to help people in their communities. Our counselors are doing some outstanding things, but what motivates them to give HOP [...] more

Breaking Down Debt: 3 Things Debt Collectors Don’t Want You To Know

The HOPE Blog - 796 days ago
Debt is the topic of discussion in many of our own personal and financial decisions. The common denominator that links all of us together, no matter our circumstance is debt. An astounding number of people have fallen victim to debt collector "scare tactics" because they don't know their rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. [...] more

Time To Shine: Operation HOPE Sends Two Young Entrepreneurs To HOPE Global Forum

The HOPE Blog - 801 days ago
We are so excited to highlight two of our young entrepreneurs from the Denver Market at the upcoming HOPE Global Forum. Jaime and Miguel are students from Career Education Center, where HOPE Business in a Box Academies have flourished over the past few years. These students are very proud Coloradans and their business idea is a true reflection of that. [...] more

From Rags To Riches: HOPE’s Credit And Money Management Workshops Skyrocket Credit Scores

The HOPE Blog - 802 days ago
As a native of Haiti, Ms. Ruth Maxan came to the United States over 20 years ago. She became a registered nurse for 11 years; however, she was forced to retire early due to disability. Ms. Maxan needed help rebuilding her credit in order to purchase a home. She began her journey by searching the internet when she came across Operation HOPE's website. She contacted her nearest HOPE Inside financial [...] more

Stories Of HOPE: Cornell Green Makes An Impact On Small Business Owners

The HOPE Blog - 806 days ago
People often claim that disasters are blessings in disguises, and Mr. Cornell Green can attest to that! After working for companies such as Lehman Brothers, Paine Webber, and Gwathmey Siegel Architects, the economic downturn in 2008 put Cornell in a tricky situation as his employer began scaling down out of necessity. The unreasonably demanding employment market pushed Cornell to form his own smal [...] more

HOPE News: U.S. Small Business Administration and Operation HOPE Renew Alliance to Promote Financial and Entrepreneurship Education

The HOPE Blog - 808 days ago
I was thrilled to join Tameka Montgomery, Associate Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, for a signing of our national memorandum of agreement and partnership, which centers itself in our growing network of HOPE Inside locations. [...] more

Forecasters Expect A Strong Economy For The 2016 Presidential Election

The HOPE Blog - 809 days ago
The New York Times asked 17 economists to weigh in with their predictions about the economy leading up to the 2016 election. They said they believed that unemployment would be the lowest it has been during an election since George W. Bush and Al Gore faced off in 2000, when it stood at 3.9 percent. [...] more

Money Monday: HOPE Partners With Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas To Teach Students Financial Literacy

The HOPE Blog - 810 days ago
Have you ever wondered where the money goes when the grey, heavy-duty armored trucks pull up to the bank? [...] more

HOPE Brings Banking On Our Future Classes To Philadelphia High School For The First Time

The HOPE Blog - 815 days ago
International Christian High School in Philadelphia hosted its first annual 'BOOF In A Day' with Citizens Bankers on November 18th, 2015. They shared the importance of understanding money values such as budgeting, finding the best savings/checking account options for students, FICO scores, and preparing for the long-term with retirement savings accounts options. These students took full advantage [...] more

Writing The Vision And Making It Plain: 700 Credit Score Community Members Look Forward To Reaching Their Goals

The HOPE Blog - 820 days ago
These ladies have wrote their vision and made it plain. They have just recently completed the 700 Credit Score Community Workshops, and are looking forward to putting in the work to reach their goals. I am so excited for them, and looking forward to helping them achieve a 700 or higher credit score. Here's what one of our members had to say about being involved withe the 700 club. [...] more

Six Future Entrepreneurs Eager To Save

The HOPE Blog - 836 days ago
Six future entrepreneurs took the challenge of opening a savings account at SunTrust Bank in order to fund their start-up businesses. I was honored and excited to be apart of this initiative because the program mission and purpose aligns with Operation HOPE’s mission to provide silver rights empowerment, and make free enterprise work for everyone. [...] more

Children Are Our Future: Training Youth In Financial Literacy

The HOPE Blog - 848 days ago
Operation HOPE financial management counselor, Sherita Goodman, had the privilege of touring First Tennessee Bank in Memphis Headquarters with the boys and girls of the Memphis Boys & Girls Club Technical Training Center. [...] more

On The Road To Home Ownership: One Family’s Journey

The HOPE Blog - 857 days ago
Dear Mike, I don’t know where to start but I want to tell you that we are very grateful and we will always be thankful for your help in making our dream a reality. We know for a fact that we owe it to you and Operation Hope for helping us buy a home. [...] more

Historic Partnership Gets the Green Light

The HOPE Blog - 862 days ago
Atlanta - Financial literacy and empowerment powerhouse nonprofit Operation HOPE is excited to announce the launch of an exclusive partnership with The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site (National Park Service) around youth empowerment and exposure. [...] more

Experian Credit Educator Testimonial

The HOPE Blog - 887 days ago
I have received some great feedback from my client in regards to his experience with Experian Credit Educator. We met on last week and I had just assigned him the task of following up with the IRS and Bureaus to have a tax lien removed that had been paid. [...] more

HOPE Inside Memphis: SunTrust Customer Excited About Operation HOPE’s Credit Counseling

The HOPE Blog - 897 days ago
I have been involved with LaSheryl Askew of Operation HOPE and learned of it through SunTrust Bank. [...] more

Prosperity Growth in the HOPE Inside Ebenezer Cyber Cafe

The HOPE Blog - 920 days ago
Once again HOPE’s Cyber Café has led to another success. We are proud to share that Clive Richards’, one of our most dedicated Cyber Café members, has published a book—Popsicle. For more than a year Richards worked tirelessly, Monday through Friday, creating content and writing his new novel. With the help of our state-of-art Mac computers and knowledgeable staff, he not only wrote the book, but h [...] more

700 Credit Score Communities SunTrust/Memphis

The HOPE Blog - 928 days ago
I am excited to be a part of Operation HOPE’s Project 5117 especially the 700 Credit Score Communities where we assist those in the community to achieve a 700 credit score. As I reflect and share pictures of conducting my 1st cohort in Memphis, I realized many people want to improve their credit, but lack the knowledge to do so. [...] more

HOPE Success Story: Lydia White

The HOPE Blog - 928 days ago
I had the pleasure to meet Lydia White at Operation HOPE Family Financial Freedom Fair in the City of Compton. At the event, we talked briefly about her situation and what her main goal was. A goal of hers was becoming a homeowner once again. A few weeks later, On October 28th, 2014 she came to the HOPE Inside Maywood office. After reviewing her credit report and all other financial documentation [...] more

Sew What Baby

The HOPE Blog - 929 days ago
Sew What Baby's week-long sewing camp is coming to a close today at HOPE Inside Ebenezer. We were so grateful to have Ms. Barbara Russell join us in providing this camp, at no charge for an entire week. She provided all the sewing supplies needed, including: 6 sewing/embroidery machines, over 1000 yards of fabric, and of course all the scissors, buttons, and additional accessories. [...] more

HOPE Inside Memphis Financial Management Course

The HOPE Blog - 929 days ago
I had the opportunity of presenting a Financial Management course at our HOPE Inside Memphis location to a group of young people who are involved in the City of Memphis Workforce Investment Network. [...] more

My First 700 Credit Score Community Orientation

The HOPE Blog - 929 days ago
I started my very first 700 Credit Score Community at our HOPE Inside Memphis location on Saturday July 18th. [...] more

Tillman Police Station Girls Camp

The HOPE Blog - 940 days ago
I spent time sharing some financial information with a girls camp of the Memphis Tillman Police Station. The girls and officers were very eager to learn about banking and credit management. [...] more

Spreading HOPE A Little Closer To Home

The HOPE Blog - 978 days ago
When I first started with Operation HOPE, I got an in-depth look at all of our programs. I graduated from the Entrepreneur Training Program, attended the Home Buyer Workshop, and participated in the 700 Credit Score Communities program. [...] more

HOPE Helps Veterans Seeking a Brighter Financial Future

The HOPE Blog - 983 days ago
By LaSheryl Askew It was an honor to serve and offer financial tips to those who once served and represented the United States of America. HOPE Inside Memphis partnered with Catholic Charities of West Tennessee to offer Credit and Money Management resources to Veterans participating in their St. Sebastian program.   [...] more

HOPE Inside Ebenezer Cyber Cafe Extends It’s Reach

The HOPE Blog - 985 days ago
On a typical Saturday in the Cyber Cafe, HOPE Inside Ebenezer welcomes approximately 20 regular computer users. Over the past several months, the Cyber Cafe Administrator, Jessica, has been on a mission to reach out to the local community and beyond to spread the word about Operation HOPE. Recently, we collaborated with the Sigma Beta Clubs of the Kappa Alpha Sigma and Lambda Sigma Chapters of Phi [...] more

Client Testimonial: Karen Richardson

The HOPE Blog - 997 days ago
Karen Richardson recently met with our HOPE Inside Memphis counselor LaSheryl Askew and received some invaluable advice about homeownership. Here is what she had to say: [...] more

Client Testimonal: How Marcus Found Dressing for the Job Can Lead to Success

The HOPE Blog - 1006 days ago
By Jessica Washington As part of the Cyber Cafe Career Workshop series, held at our HOPE Inside Ebenezer in Atlanta, we stress the importance of dressing for success in order to master the interview. Many of our members work diligently, over the course of several weeks, to perfect their resume. Although they look great on paper, it […] [...] more

Client Testimonial: Peggy Lucas and Budgeting Tools

The HOPE Blog - 1010 days ago
The Cyber Cafe at HOPE Inside Ebenezer in Atlanta hosted an Excel workshop last week. Rather than talk about it in a lecture, I encouraged participants to utilize the accounting tools Excel provides. This allowed for a more hands-on approach and encouraged everybody to see the benefits of this mighty software. I emailed participants my family budget worksheet; […] [...] more

Client Testimonial: “If it wasn’t for Mr. Lainez…I would have allowed my depression to get the best of me.”

The HOPE Blog - 1012 days ago
Enar (Mike) Lainez is a Homeownership Counselor for Operation HOPE at our HOPE Inside location in Maywood, California. HOPE Inside offers free services on homeownership, raising credit scores and small business development. See a testimonial from on of Mike's homeownership clients below! [...] more

Big Business in the HOPE Inside Ebenezer Cyber Cafe

The HOPE Blog - 1016 days ago
One of the strengths of our Cyber Cafe at HOPE Inside Ebenezer in Atlanta, is all of our resources available to budding entrepreneurs. We offer state-of-the-art computer programs, website building assistance, business plan consultations and even the occasional field trip outing. Our program is only as strong as the people we serve. If nobody takes advantage of all we have to offer, then what is th [...] more

“On My Own” in Memphis

The HOPE Blog - 1024 days ago
By LaSheryl Askew When it comes to personal finances, education must come first.  I had the opportunity to partner with Bank on Memphis & The University of Tennessee Extension to bring an interactive simulation, “On My Own”, to a local high school in Memphis. The program is designed for youth and young adults between the ages 13-20. The […] [...] more

2014-15 Atlanta Market HOPE Business In A Box Academies (HBIABA) Cohort Presents Business Plans

The HOPE Blog - 1039 days ago
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On Tuesday,  March 24, 2015, HOPE Inside @ Ebenezer hosted a joint collaborative event between the Adult Small Entrepreneurship Training Program (ETP) and the Operation HOPE youth entrepreneurship initiative, HOPE Business in a Box Academies (HBIABA). The event consisted of participants from the 2014-15 Atlanta Market HBIABA cohort presenting their business plans for start up grants for […] [...] more

NYC Kicks Off Financial Literacy Month!

The HOPE Blog - 1039 days ago
Urban Assembly Media High School hosted their first HOPE Business In A Box Academies (HBIABA) school-wide pitch. Eight young entrepreneurs pitched their business plans to judges and their 80 classmates. [...] more

Testimonial- Venisha Whitley

The HOPE Blog - 1059 days ago
Client testimonial from Operation HOPE Memphis. Shared By HOPE Financial Management Counselor, Sherita Goodman. This testimony is reflecting on how Operation HOPE has really enlightened and helped me to get on the right track with Financial Wellness. I have always been private about my finances and wouldn’t seek help until it was too late. I wanted to […] [...] more

Operation HOPE Atlanta Joins The Salvation Army in Doing The Most Good

The HOPE Blog - 1068 days ago
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The Salvation Army has been a place of hope in Atlanta for 125 years, and now they have teamed up with HOPE to bring economic empowerment to the families who participate in their Angel Tree program. [...] more

Capital One Bank Invests in the Future through Financial Empowerment

The HOPE Blog - 1079 days ago
On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 14 volunteers from Capital One Bank partnered with Banking on Our Future- Washington DC for the third annual financial empowerment day at Gaithersburg Elementary School. The volunteers and 131 students were engaged and enjoyed a day of learning. [...] more

Journey to HOPE

The HOPE Blog - 1083 days ago
Working my way through college at a local bank and pursing a degree in finance I soon realized that my passion was not to just help people with their finances but rather educate and empower people in terms of personal finances. While working at the bank I joined the volunteer committee to become more involved in my community. [...] more

HOPE Inside New York: Second Entrepreneurial Training Program Graduation Held at Popular Community Bank

The HOPE Blog - 1139 days ago
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The second HOPE Inside New York Entrepreneurial Training Program graduation was held recently at Popular Community Bank. Family, friends, community partners and the HOPE Inside NY team gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of 15 proud entrepreneurs in fields ranging from food products and youth development to real estate investment. Guest speaker Teri Coaxum, Region II Advocate for the Small B [...] more

Global Dignity Day at HOPE Inside Ebenezer

The HOPE Blog - 1207 days ago
    By Heather Thompson,   Operation HOPE celebrated Global Dignity Day on October 15, 2014. Global Dignity Day is celebrated yearly in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. The Atlanta Hub of the Forum of Global Shapers engaged approximately 40 Fayette, Cowetta and Clayton County Homeschoolers on the significance of dignity. […] [...] more

First Time Home Ownership Series Sponsored by M&T Bank & Hosted by the Countee Cullen Library in Harlem

The HOPE Blog - 1230 days ago
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Here we are, almost at the finish line of my quarterly 8-hour Home Ownership Series. We tried something a little different this time and decided to do the whole 8 hours in one day! I was a nervous wreck all the way until the morning of the workshop. [...] more

HOPE Inside New York Participates in Kick-off Event to Health & Wellness Week

The HOPE Blog - 1250 days ago
This week is Wellness Week in New York City! On Friday, September 12th, Stephanie Penceal, small business program manager of HOPE Inside NY, attended the Wellness Fair at the Harlem YMCA that kicked-off the week. Nearly 100 people attended the fair which featured workshops, speakers and exhibitors to promote all areas of wellness – physical, emotional, spiritual, occupational, environmental, soc [...] more

6th Grade Class of Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy Visits the MLK Jr. National Historic Site & HOPE Inside Ebenezer

The HOPE Blog - 1251 days ago
On Thursday, September 11, 2014 Operation HOPE Youth Empowerment staff and fellows hosted 83 young leaders from the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy (CSKYWLA). As part of their visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site, the students and chaperones were able to tour the Heritage Sanctuary, Reflecting Pool, Eternal Flame and the Visitor’s Center. At the Visitor’s Center, [...] more

Student Testimonial: Gaining Confidence Through Banking on Our Future

The HOPE Blog - 1256 days ago
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I was introduced to Operation HOPE's work through their Banking On Our Future (BOOF) program last June, when I was a senior at Wadleigh High School in Harlem. Our class visited First Republic Bank in Times Square for a full-day BOOF workshop on different financial education topics. This is when I met many of FRB's volunteers, including Angela Russo, Operation HOPE's New York Youth Empowerment Prog [...] more

Former Operation HOPE Graduate crowd-funds her company Smooth

The HOPE Blog - 1277 days ago
  It is my distinct honor to tell you about Danyelle Ja’net, one of the 2013 Entrepreneurial Training Program graduates. Danyelle is the owner of Smooth, a mobile business that provides personal grooming services that specializes in unisex full body waxing as well as lash and brow tinting. Danyelle is currently working with Kiva Zip, a […] [...] more

Casey McQuillan: Learning to look at the forest and the tree

The HOPE Blog - 1285 days ago
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This summer, in my various roles with Operation HOPE, I learned to see both the forest and the tree; a combined focus on the local with an understanding of the whole to create a more holistic approach to financial dignity. [...] more

Atlanta Public School Students Become HOPE Interns for A Week

The HOPE Blog - 1291 days ago
By  Angela Jones, HOPE Business In A Box Fellow, Atlanta Last week Operation HOPE Atlanta hosted an internship opportunity in partnership with Atlanta Public Schools. For one week, students from grades 8-12 were able to gain valuable information, learn transferrable skills, build work experience, explore networking opportunities, and develop their resumes. The students were exposed […] [...] more

Operation HOPE Teams Up With the City of Jersey City’s JC Summer Works Program

The HOPE Blog - 1293 days ago
The City of Jersey City launched a comprehensive youth employment program called JC Summer Works this summer. The program is geared to the City's 15 to 21-year old residents and offers a few different opportunities to receive certifications and/or career skills via internship and job placements around the city. [...] more

It Takes A Village: A Thank You to NYC’s SYEP Program & Our Volunteer Partners

The HOPE Blog - 1297 days ago
Last week, I had my final set of Banking On Our Future classes held via New York City's NYC's Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). SYEP utilizes various community-based organizations each summer to recruit local teenagers for summer job placement throughout the city. Part of this program offers life skills training, one skill being financial literacy [...] more

Operation HOPE DC’s “Small Business Graduate Alumni Advance Program (GAP) Workshops”

The HOPE Blog - 1300 days ago
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Operation HOPE’s Small Business Graduate Alumni Advance Program, “OP GAP,” is inspired and created to provide ongoing monthly “IRIS Toyer, Charming Bits & Pieces” business training sessions, educating and fostering continuous knowledge base growth to small businesses. Ensuring business developmental growth and milestones is achievable through accessibility of tools and training for graduates [...] more

Project 5117 Fellow, Casey McQuillan: A Call for Community Development

The HOPE Blog - 1303 days ago
When the bus driver told us the students were misbehaving on the bus, or rather, acting as any group of middle schoolers would on a summer afternoon with friends and without supervision, the solution seemed obvious. We expected that if you put a teacher on the bus, then the students would behave like they did in class, and for the most part, this worked. I did not expect this bus ride to change my [...] more

SunTrust Banks Unveils First Ever HOPE Inside Video, Featuring Partnership with Operation HOPE

The HOPE Blog - 1304 days ago
Our founding national partner for HOPE Inside, SunTrust Banks, this week unveiled an inspiring 4-minute video message in tribute to our growing national partnership in and for HOPE Inside, which brings our work inside SunTrust Banks branches. This was officially unveiled during the opening of the HOPE Inside Memphis @ SunTrust location announcement this week. Check it […] [...] more

SunTrust Bank Support DC Credit and Money Management Seminar

The HOPE Blog - 1307 days ago
Operation Hope held a Credit and Money Management Seminar in Washington DC on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Sri Santoso, Branch Manager of SunTrust Bank was among the many guests and staff in attendance for the workshop. The Credit and Money Management Seminar had a large turnout. [...] more

Prelude: How My Credit Score Went From 750 to 548

The HOPE Blog - 1312 days ago
By Anonymous Let me explain how I ended up here, needing financial advice and working with Gayle Rice, my financial counselor from Operation HOPE at the HOPE Inside Atlanta located in SunTrust Bank. The one sentence version is – I had a job, I lost a job, went back to school, created a six-digit student loan debt, […] [...] more

Operation HOPE Atlanta Intern Learns a Life Lesson

The HOPE Blog - 1327 days ago
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By: Grant Washington My experience today, at the YMCA, was amazing. Interacting with the teens in the program as they prepared for their presentations was rewarding. The youth participated in a marketing activity that would possibly earn them a scholarship towards the start-up costs of their product. The participants were given time to prepare before […] [...] more

Operation HOPE Welcomes Hannah Cho HOPE Business In A Box Academies/ Casey Family Programs Fellow

The HOPE Blog - 1327 days ago
  By Hannah Cho, HOPE Business In A Box Academies/ Casey Family Programs Fellow My journey as the 2014 HOPE Business in a Box Academy/Casey Family Programs Fellow began by becoming instantly immersed in HOPE operations. Unlike other jobs, there was no gradual wade into the water. Instead, I had to dive right in and take […] [...] more

Operation HOPE Welcomes Casey McQuillan as Our New Project 5117 Fellow

The HOPE Blog - 1328 days ago
Casey McQuillan recently joined the Operation Hope family as our Project 5117 fellow from both the Roosevelt Institute and Andrew Goodman Foundation. A rising sophomore at Amherst College, Casey studies Mathematics and Economics while serving as President of the Amherst Debate Society and as a member of the Executive Board for the Roosevelt Campus Network chapter at his school. [...] more

HOPE ATL Supports Collects Shoes For Save the Earth Projects, A Youth Social Venture

The HOPE Blog - 1340 days ago
By Angela Jones, Youth Empowerment Fellow, HOPE Inside Ebenezer We at Operation Hope are not only working tirelessly to improve the economic quality of life for individuals, families and communities, but we also acknowledge and support members of communities who are thematically doing the same. Through HOPE ATL Supports Operation HOPE Atlanta is committed in […] [...] more

Operation HOPE and Popular Community Bank Celebrate the Launch of HOPE Inside, Bronx

The HOPE Blog - 1345 days ago
 Popular Community Bank, one of the nation’s premier community banks, together with partner Operation HOPE, celebrated the launch of HOPE Inside in the Bronx yesterday. Deputy Borough President Aurelia Greene joined local community leaders, entrepreneurs and customers at the Popular Community Bank branch at 752 East Tremont Avenue to inaugurate the HOPE Inside location that will […] [...] more

Operation HOPE Mourns the Loss of Walter W. Jackson, II, Vice President of HOPE Inside Ebenezer

The HOPE Blog - 1354 days ago
On May 31, 2014 Operation HOPE lost one of its greatest Generals, Walter W. Jackson, II, Vice President of HOPE Inside Ebenezer.  Walter served as the founding vice president and director of the flagship HOPE Inside at Ebenezer, which now serves as the national flagship for the growing HOPE Inside Member Network. Everything we are now doing and achieving at HOPE […] [...] more

Freddie Mac “Credit Smart” First Time Home Ownership Series Sponsored by JPMorgan Chase Bank.

The HOPE Blog - 1396 days ago
 By Sara Altagracia, Home Ownership Counselor, Operation HOPE  We kicked off the Freddie Mac “Credit Smart” Four part First Time Homeownership Series March 6th, 2014.  The program ran for four Thursdays in March from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  After running an ad in a local paper that Monday, March 3rd we were able to fill our class with 60 […] [...] more

Banco Popular encourages Latino entrepreneurs in NYC

The HOPE Blog - 1402 days ago
Hope Inside The program provides financial education to the communities of Harlem and The Bronx The project financial advisory Inside Hope began in late 2013 when the Popular Community Bank allocated $ 330,000 to the initiative. Photo: EDLP / Mariela Lombard By: Ana B. Nieto / EDLP POSTED: APRIL 10, 2014 12:15 AM EST   Original version en espanol […] [...] more

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