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May 30 2013

Banking on Our Future Quincy Jones Celebrity Edition Comes to Chicago


“Mr. Q” shares lessons and inspires students via DVD

Chicago – May 30, 2013 – Nearly 500 students from grades 4-8 at Beasley Academic Center in Chicago participated in Operation HOPE's Banking on Our Future (BOOF) Quincy Jones Celebrity Edition on Friday, May 17th, as the first Chicago area school to participate in the special curriculum. The program, which initially launched in Los Angeles, will eventually be available in classrooms where BOOF is taught nationwide.

Twenty volunteers served as role models in 13 classrooms at the middle school and lead discussions with the students about the new course, which includes modules on: dignity, basics of banking, checking & savings, power of credit and basic investments.

Volunteers shared Quincy Jones' personal stories, his insights and a DVD with an inspirational message from Jones himself for the students. Students were fascinated to learn that "Mr. Q" grew up in Chicago (until he moved to Seattle, WA at age 10) and attended a south side Chicago Public School. When asked what they learned during their BOOF presentations, many of the students commented, "work hard and get an education, so we can be like Quincy Jones."

Operation HOPE Midwest Board of Directors member David Mooney, CEO of Alliant Credit Union, and Michael McCracken, President of Popular Community Bank, along with volunteers from MB Financial, Deutsche Bank, FINRA, KCB & Associates, The Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury and Talmer Bank partnered with Operation HOPE for this special youth financial dignity and financial empowerment event.

BOOF, Operation HOPE’s core youth financial literacy initiative, elevates the dignity, hope, and economic self-sufficiency of youth in underserved communities through financial literacy. Since its inception, this program has reached over 700,000 students in the U.S. and South Africa. It is the recipient of the U.S. Treasury Department's John Sherman Award for Financial Literacy Excellence and the Oprah's Angel Network’s Use Your Life Award.

For the last 21 years, HOPE has been cultivating financial literacy tools to empower underserved communities. This new program adds the mentorship of icon Quincy Jones as a foundation through which students can learn how financial issues translate to real world experiences. Jones is the first celebrity in what will be a series of specialized curriculum to have a notable figure’s life story woven into HOPE financial empowerment curriculum. Based on Jones’ personal experiences with money management, the lessons are designed to inspire and empower students to control their own financial futures, giving them a deeper understanding of the ‘language of money.”