May 16 2011
First Annual Atlanta Financial Literacy Day Huge Success
SunTrust Division President E.Jenner Wood, Councilman Kwanza Hall and Operation HOPE Founder
John Hope Bryant bring financial literacy empowerment to every student in Atlanta’s 2nd District
Atlanta, GA -- May 16, 2011 –Financial literacy empowerment nonprofit Operation HOPE, Inc. (HOPE) is pleased to announce the success of the First Annual “Atlanta Financial Literacy Day” on May 12, 2011. HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant opened assemblies at John Hope-Hill Elementary, Intown Academy and Centennial Place Elementary with HOPE Southeastern Board Members City Councilman Kwanza Hall and SunTrust Division President E. Jenner Wood. Miss Black Georgia Shawnnell Brown worked to assemble these partners, bringing financial literacy empowerment to every school in Atlanta's Second District.
“Reaching youth before they’ve defined their spending habits is important because teaching financial literacy is about more than dollars and cents,” said Bryant who currently serves the Obama Administration as a member of the U.S. President’s Council on Financial Capability. “It’s about making sure they understand the difference between wants and needs.”
The day’s events brought together partners SunTrust, INVESCO, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, East West Bank, AT&T, R.E.A.L. Men Read, Atlanta Urban League Young Professionals and 100 Black Men of Atlanta and involved leaders from the community which included: CEO of Atlantic Trust Bank and Senior Managing Director of INVESCO Jack Markwalter; Senior Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock; Senior Vice President of Atlantic Trust Bank Carolyn Donnelly; Miss Black Georgia Shawnnell Brown and Grammy award winning producer and artist Sam Collier.
Along with teaching the students HOPE’s award-winning Banking on Our Future financial literacy curriculum, students were treated to a special performance by Grammy winning Producer, Recording Artist & Songwriter Sam Collier.
On May 11, 2011 a kick-off reception and panel discussion was hosted by Atlanta City Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell and special guest Division President of SunTrust E. Jenner Woods. The panel involved included Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall, Georgia State Representative Stacey Evans, CNN Financial Contributor Clyde Anderson, Operation HOPE Market Vice President Jay Bailey and Atlanta Falcons Full Back Ovie Mughelli.
In the Atlanta area, HOPE has served over 28,000 clients and taught almost 30,000 students financial literacy. Construction is currently underway for the HOPE Financial Literacy Empowerment Center, to be housed at the Martin Luther King, Sr. Community Resource Facility at Ebenezer Baptist Church. It is scheduled to open in spring, 2012.