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September 11 2014

Experts Deliver the Memo on U.S. Reading and Economic Crisis on International Literacy Day

Author/Educator Caroline Brewer and Operation HOPE Celebrate Literacy

 WASHINGTON, D.C.  -  September 15, 2014 – Two powerhouses in literacy with words and literacy with finances are teamed up to celebrate International Literacy Day and the launch of Parent Power: How to Raise a Reading Superstar on Monday, September 8.

Caroline Brewer is a D.C.-based education consultant who has written 10 books, including the newest edition of Parent Power: How to Raise a Reading Superstar. Operation HOPE is a global non-profit dedicated to finishing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s work by radically reimagining solutions to poverty. John Hope Bryant is founder, chairman, and CEO of Operation HOPE and author of the recently released bestseller How the Poor Can Save Capitalism.

The celebration kicked off with FREE downloads of activities, games, and lessons to improve literacy at Later that day, from 5- 8 p.m., DC-area residents “got the memo” on how to engage youths in reading and writing so that they excel through an inter-active clinic by Brewer and “get the memo” on financial freedom through Operation HOPE’s financial literacy and small business programs at Operation HOPE’s 17th Street office.

Two-thirds of America’s children in grades 4 and 8 are not reading on grade level, “ said Brewer. “So we’re going to show in a high-energy way educators and parents – all the adults -- how to create positive and engaging reading traditions, how to work with children with learning and emotional disabilities, and share strategies that make it easier to teach learning standards. Engagement is the secret sauce to inspiring reading achievement, and we’re going to have fun sharing it September 8.”

Research shows that an inability to read well almost ensures that a child will grow up to be an adult who struggles financially.  College graduates earn an average of $1 million more in income. Yet there are many working class and middle income Americans who are literate with words but not money.  “Millions of Americans can read and write, but they don’t know how to improve their credit score, get out of the payday loan trap, launch a successful business, or invest,” said Ryan Mack, Market President for the Mid-Atlantic Region of Operation HOPE. “International Literacy Day gives us the chance to deliver a memo on financial literacy that will inspire Americans for generations to come.”

2013 percentages of students at Basic or Below Basic (not proficient) on the National Assessment of  Educational Progress (NAEP) –Nation’s Report Card

D.C. 77% of 4th graders and 83% of 8th graders are not proficient or above.

Virginia – 57% of 4th graders and 64% of 8th graders are not proficient or above.

Maryland – 55% of 4th graders and 58% of 8th graders are not proficient or above.

The mission of Operation HOPE, Inc. is to empower the underserved. It promotes financial dignity through the delivery of financial literacy and education tools to low-wealth communities. Since 1992, through its core divisions, the organization 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. Since it was established in the District of Columbia area in 2001, it has empowered more than 32,000 youth and expanded to three HOPE Inside locations.


CONTACT: Caroline Brewer,,    Phone: 202-830-5115