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January 01 2010

Operation HOPE partners with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Church of God in Christ to deliver financial literacy classes to 300 students in Bay Area

PWC provides over 150 interns, food and booklets to deliver Operation HOPE’s
Banking on Our Future youth financial literacy program.


(OAKLAND) August 9, 2010 – For the third time this year, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) mobilized over 150 interns to teach financial literacy to 300 hundred students in the Oakland, San Jose and Hayward area. The effort, in conjunction with Church of God in Christ, reflects PwC's continued and unwavering support of the financial literacy programs empowerment nonprofit Operation HOPE (HOPE) offers underserved and low-income communities.

The events held August 9th took place in three Church of God in Christ locations throughout the Bay Area and saw PwC supplying the volunteers, booklets and snacks for the students. Church of God in Christ took a leadership role in these activities by gathering groups of students for these events.

“Finding partners in the community who are dedicated to providing financial literacy education and lessons in dignity help us at HOPE give all students ‘a hand up not a hand out,’ is imperative,” said Kevin Fleming, Senior Vice President, Director of Operations, Global Financial Literacy Initiatives for Operation HOPE. “Our goal to reach five million kids by the end of 2015 is a reality thanks to the support of organizations like PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Church of God in Christ.”

Summer interns from PwC are participating in the effort as part of their PwC Intern Experience. The PwC Intern Experience is designed to provide the firm's interns a true sense of the fabric and culture of the firm, including a greater understanding and appreciation of PwC's commitment to corporate responsibility - and specifically to supporting youth education. It is the company’s hope that the interns are able to make a lasting impact by helping students gain important life-long skills, while simultaneously developing their own leadership abilities.

PwC’s latest round of support follows their previous efforts last July and March when they it engaged over a thousand interns in teach HOPE’s financial literacy program. Collectively, almost 10,000 students have been assisted through PwC's support and the efforts of the firm's interns this year alone.
The award-winning Banking on Our Future program has educated over 500,000 students globally since its inception in 1996. The curriculum includes: A Course in Dignity, The Basics of Banking, Checking & Savings Accounts, Credit and Investments.

About PricewaterhouseCoopers
PricewaterhouseCoopers (www.pwc.com) provides industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services to build public trust and enhance value for its clients and their stakeholders. More than 163,000 people in 151 countries across our network share their thinking, experience and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and practical advice. "PricewaterhouseCoopers" refers to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP or, as the context requires, the PricewaterhouseCoopers global network or other member firms of the network, each of which is a separate and independent legal entity.

About Operation HOPE, Inc.
Since its founding in 1992, Operation HOPE's mission has been to promote "silver rights" and make free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved. The social investment banking nonprofit has provided financial literacy and economic empowerment services to more than 1.2 million people, raised more than $500 million and helped to restructure more than $360 million in sub-prime mortgages from the private sector, for a total of approximately $900 million in economic activity for the disenfranchised. Follow Operation HOPE at www.operationhope.org, www.twitter.com/operationhope, and www.facebook.com/operationhope.