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October 17 2013

Operation HOPE Founder Celebrates Global Dignity Day at Quincy Jones Elementary & Synergy Charter Academy

John Hope Bryant leads efforts in Los Angeles to share dignity principles to 300,000 students worldwide

LOS ANGELES – October 16, 2013 – Today, Operation HOPE (HOPE) Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant helped lead more than 250 students at Quincy Jones Elementary and Synergy Charter Academy as a part of the 6th Annual Global Dignity Day celebrations where more than 300,000 students, in over 54 countries, learned the key principles of Global Dignity during an interactive “Course in Dignity” taught by volunteers in classrooms all over the world on October 16, 2013.  
“This year Global Dignity celebrates the largest number of students to participate in this event, more than 300,000. Six years ago, this was just an idea. Today, Global Dignity is an international movement focused on ensuring that all people recognize the sanctity of life regardless of color, ethnic background or financial status,” said Bryant. 
Bryant, who also is also one of the three Co-founders of Global Dignity, kicked-off an assembly flanked by Frank Robinson, Senior Vice President and Public Affairs Manager, Union Bank; Steve Venz, Principal, Quincy Jones Elementary School; and Kristin Miklos, Principal, Synergy Charter Academy. Afterwards, students received Banking on Our Future financial literacy curriculum taught by Union Bank staff and other volunteers. 
“We encourage the children to respect and be tolerant of each other. Global Dignity brings the right message to the students and we are glad to share the celebration with John Hope Bryant and Operation HOPE,” School Principals Venz and Miklos said. “Instilling these ideals when students are young will help guide our world towards to a more progressive society and help make dignity and respect for all people a global standard.” 

Students at the innovative Quincy Jones Elementary School and Synergy Charter Academy were selected by Operation HOPE as the site for the chairman’s participation based on their ongoing partnership with the nonprofit’s youth financial literacy program Banking on Our Future, Quincy Jones Celebrity Edition; HOPE’s work to connect economic empowerment and aspiration through the life of a celebrity. 
Established in 2005 by Young Global Leaders HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant and Professor Pekka Himanen, Global Dignity is an independent, non-profit, non-political organization focused on empowering young people with dignity. It aims to inspire respect, self-esteem and tolerance of diversity, as well as promote the idea that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life. Linked to the 2030 process of the World Economic Forum where Young Global Leaders from politics, business, academia, and civil society have joined together to work for the improvement of the state of the world, Global Dignity is managed through HOPE Global Initiatives as a part of HOPE’s empowerment programs.