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January 01 2009

National Alliance of Black School Educators Convenes Town Hall Meeting on Financial Literacy; Signs MOU with Operation HOPE

 Washington, D.C.- August 26, 2009 –Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Bryant joined National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) for their historic Town Hall Meeting at the Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Library, signing a Memorandum of Understanding to solidify a partnership for promoting financial literacy through education.

“We are committed to ensuring that under-served communities have the knowledge and resources required to be financially literate, said Quentin Lawson, NABSE Executive Director. “Our goal is to introduce a financial literacy curriculum to school districts to ensure that the nation’s youth learn how to manage their money”

Moderated by John HOPE Bryant, who also serves as Vice Chairman, President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy and Chairman, Committee on the Underserved, a panel of experts discussed key issues affecting financial literacy in our country, including ways to make financial education aspirationally relevant for youth in schools and promoting entrepreneurship in underserved communities.

Following an inspirational welcome address from D.C. Council Member Marion Barry (Ward 8), keynote speaker Michelle Greene, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Financial Education at the U.S Department of the Treasury, applauded NABSE for hosting the meeting and joining the crusade to promote financial literacy.

The Distinguished Panel Members Consisted of:
Dubis Correal Director, Office of Financial Education, U.S. Department of the Treasury;

Laura Levine Executive Director, Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy; Chairman, Committee of Financial Literacy for Youth, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy

Ted Daniels, President and Chief Executive Officer, Society for Financial Education & Professional Development Member, Committee of Financial Literacy for Youth, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy

James H. Shelton, III Assistant Deputy Secretary, Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education; Dr. John Wilson Executive Director White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The Town Hall Meeting concluded with the signing of a partnership agreement between NABSE and Operation HOPE, with the objective to deliver, promote, and assess financial literacy, dignity, and entrepreneurship education for NABSE students and its student environment through HOPE’s 5MK Initiative and Banking on Our Future Program.