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April 29 2010

NYSE Euronext Continues Focus on Financial Literacy as Operation HOPE Brings Main Street to Wall Street

Empowerment nonprofit helps individuals put the power of ideas into action through practical financial literacy training leading to entrepreneurship; promotes financial literacy as the new civil right and first global silver rights empowerment tool

NEW YORK – April 29, 2010 – John Hope Bryant, the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE, Inc. (HOPE) was joined by HOPE partner Capital One Executive Ricky Otey and HOPE clients from the HOPE Financial Literacy Empowerment Center in Harlem to dialogue with financial industry executives and ring the NYSE Euronext’s (NYX) closing bell.   

“Financial literacy is the new civil rights issue for the 21st century,” said Bryant, who was recently appointed to NYSE’s Financial Literacy Advisory Committee. “Traditional job creation is not going to solve the current unemployment problem. Operation HOPE works to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs. Empowering those with a vision and the desire to succeed will help renew the American economy and by teaching them the ‘language of money’ will only help them compete, from Main Street to Wall Street.”


Through the Operation HOPE Financial Literacy Empowerment Centers, the organization brings empowerment and educational programs to underserved communities focusing on self-help, credit counseling, entrepreneurial business training and small business support. Since its founding in 1992, HOPE has provided assistance to more than 1.2 million individuals and families.

NYSE Euronext took this opportunity to recognize the financial literacy nonprofit for spearheading the Silver Rights Movement, making financial literacy a legislative priority in Washington, D.C and bringing economic empowerment to underserved communities across the United States and worldwide.

NYSE Euronext celebrated Financial Literacy Month with ten bell ringing ceremonies involving listed member companies and organizations that promote financial empowerment, culminating in part with HOPE’s presence today. Joining Operation HOPE CEO John Hope Bryant in ringing the closing bell is HOPE success story and entrepreneur Ryan Taylor, CEO of Drobe Custom Clothing (www.drobe.com), whose business clothes Mr. Bryant wears almost exclusively, Justin Bibb, Associate Partner Director of Community Strategies, from HOPE’s newest partner Gallup, Capital One Executive Ricky Otey, several  Banking on Our Future graduates from Park Slope Elementary School, recent HOPE empowerment program graduates and leading banking executives that serve on HOPE’s Board of Directors.

HOPE success stories from today come mostly through the HOPE Financial Literacy Empowerment Center, Harlem, which is generously supported by lead HOPE Partners E* TRADE, JP Morgan Chase, the U.S. Economic Development Administration and inspired leadership from the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation.

To view footage of the event, please visit www.operationhope.org/blog.