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February 20 2014

Operation HOPE Joins Lionheart Leaders and The National Center for Civil and Human Rights to Empower College Students

The Silver Rights Leadership Academy, a three-day development program to help build leadership skills set to launch in Atlanta, July 2014

Atlanta – February 20, 2014 – Operation HOPE announced today, the Silver Rights Academy – a collaboration with youth development nonprofit Lionheart Leaders and The National Center for Civil and Human Rights. The program provides an intensive three-day leadership development program for aspiring college students, and is set to take place at The Center for Civil and Human Rights on July 22 – 24, 2014 in Atlanta.

HOPE’s involvement springs from its longtime collaboration with HOPE Mid-Atlantic Board Chair Lionel Savage, President of Lionheart Consulting Group, LLC. Through the years, Savage has played a key role in boosting youth financial literacy and dignity initiatives, teaching Banking on Our Future in cities all around the United States.

The Academy provides rising junior and senior college students with valuable insight from leading professionals and practitioners in the public and private sector. The experience will challenge peer-to-peer relationships and allow for thought-provoking dialogue about how to equip future leaders for success. The students are tested by a learning environment based on combining experiential learning opportunities, individual development and team participation.

Lionheart Leadership is a nonprofit dedicated to the development of young African American men and women who will serve as the next generation of business and community leaders. The organization is based on 3 distinct principles: (1) Leaders must be positioned. (2) Leadership must be practiced, and (3) Leadership must be perfected. Lionheart Leadership will focus on hosting leadership seminars at college and universities around the country, culminating in an annual three-day leadership academy each summer for students who meet the criteria.

Founded 1992, Operation HOPE’s world headquarters is located in Los Angeles. The social investment banking organization has taken the lead on promoting financial dignity through financial literacy and education tools to underserved communities. Through its four core portfolios, the financial dignity nonprofit has provided youth and adult financial literacy, economic preparedness, digital empowerment, promoted home ownership, and assisted with foreclosure prevention to more than 2 million individuals, families, and small business owners. Last year the organization began Project 5117, a multi-year initiative focused on continuing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s fight for economic justice.

College juniors and seniors with a demonstrated interest in community engagement, social justice or entrepreneurship are encouraged to apply. There is a $100 fee to attend the Silver Rights Academy Seminar, which includes: housing, meals, transportation between housing and The Center for Civil and Human Rights, and all course material(s).  To apply, contact Dina Tyson at, or download the application For more information about Lionheart Leaders, contact


About The National Center for Civil and Human Rights

The Center for Civil and Human Rights is a new downtown Atlanta landmark that educates visitors about the rich history of the Civil Rights Movement and empowers them to take the protection of every human's rights personally by connecting lessons from the past with contemporary human rights movements around the world in an immersive and inclusive museum-like experience. The Center provides exhibitions, designated event spaces, a broadcast studio and educational forums. The Center is also the exclusive home for a continuously rotating exhibition of items from the Morehouse College Martin Luther King. Jr. Collection, where visitors can view the personal papers of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For more information, please visit:

About Operation HOPE, Inc.

The mission of Operation HOPE, Inc. (HOPE) is silver rights empowerment, making free enterprise work for everyone.  We accomplish this through our work on the ground as the nonprofit private banker for the working poor, the underserved and struggling middle class.  We achieve our mission by being the best-in-class provider of financial literacy empowerment for youth, financial capability for communities, and ultimately, financial dignity for all. For more information, visit