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January 10 2012

Operation HOPE Joins White House Initiative to Empower Youth in Summer Jobs+ Program

HOPE commits to placing 500 youth to internship positions for summer 2012


Los Angeles – Operation HOPE announced today it will join Summer Jobs+, a new White House initiative to help underserved youth gain access to employment opportunities for summer 2012, by securing 20 businesses and placing 500 youth in internship positions in America.

As a part of a as part of the Gallup-HOPE Index Cities Initiative, HOPE commits to securing 20 businesses to employ youth and placing 500 youth through youth business internships, mentorships, shadow days or actual small business or entrepreneurship start-ups.  Through the Gallup-HOPE Index Cities initiative, HOPE, in partnership with Gallup intends to create a new youth entrepreneurial and business class in America, along with a new culture of progressive business mentoring by Corporate America to support the program.

“Operation HOPE believes in the uniqueness, value and potential of every young person and has long been involved in empowering youth through financial literacy, said HOPE Founder, Chairman, and CEO John Hope Bryant, who also serves on the Obama Advisory Council for Financial Capability. “We are pleased to play a role in helping the White House and the Obama Administration meet their goal of 250,000 new jobs for youth this summer."

Targeting youth ages 16-24 in low-income and disenfranchised communities, the program comes on the heels of President Obama’s ongoing drive to strengthen the economy and move the country forward. Summer Jobs+ will combine the Federal government and private sector to create nearly 180,000 employment opportunities for low-income youth in the summer of 2012, with a goal of reaching 250,000 employment opportunities by the start of summer, at least 100,000 of which will be placements in paid jobs and internships.

HOPE joins the President’s call-to-action by connecting youth with business as well as placing youth within its own organization. HOPE encourages profit and for profit companies to get engaged in one of the three key ways listed:

  • Learn and Earn: Provide youth jobs for the summer of 2012 in the form of paid internships and/or permanent positions that provide on-the-job training.
  • Life Skills: Provide youth work-related soft skills, such as communication, time management and teamwork, through coursework and/or experience.  This includes resume writing or interview workshops and mentorship programs.
  • Work Skills: Provide youth insight into the world of work to prepare for employment.  This includes job shadow days and internships. More information about this initiative can be found at  

To read the full White House press release on Summer Jobs+ announcement, click here. For more information and resources on quality youth mentoring and Mentoring Partnerships and programs, visit


About Operation HOPE (HOPE)
Since 1992, nonprofit Operation HOPE has grown to become the global leader in financial dignity, providing financial literacy and empowerment services to underserved communities worldwide.  Through its four principle portfolios: Banking on Our Future, HOPE Coalition America, HOPE Financial Dignity & Literacy Empowerment Centers, and HOPE Corps, the organization addresses youth and adult financial literacy, economic preparedness, bridges the digital divide and promotes home ownership, assists with credit management and foreclosure prevention. With the support of more than 400 private sector companies, 5000 nonprofit organizations and schools and government partners, HOPE has reached over 2 million low-wealth individuals in 70 U.S. cities and South Africa. At the core of HOPE’s mission is a Silver Rights Movement, ensuring that free enterprise and capitalism work to provide a better future for underserved communities around the world. To learn more about HOPE, visit our blog or follow us on FacebookTwitter or Youtube.