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October 10 2014

Global Dignity Celebrates 7th Year of Promoting Respect

                                                         

Initiative shared by leaders encourages students worldwide to fulfill their potential

LOS ANGELES – October 13, 2014 – On Wednesday, October 15, Global Dignity (GD) an organization promoting self-respect and human dignity around the world through dialogue with students, will be celebrated in Los Angeles by Operation HOPE CEO and Global Dignity co-founder John Hope Bryant at Nava College Prep Academy, where he will share Dignity Principles and elements from the “Less. More.” campaign.

Bryant believes that mentoring plays a powerful role in the development of any youth and has devoted himself to providing opportunities for students to have access to strong positive role models. “Mentorship is one of the keys of Operation HOPE's mission to empower the underserved; it is also where Global Dignity and HOPE are so perfectly aligned. It is important to encourage opportunity around the world, and empower each individual to believe in his or her fundamental right to dignity, respect, and financial freedom.”

Held annually on the third Wednesday in October, Global Dignity Day is celebrated worldwide with volunteers leading dignity days in classrooms.  Since 2006, More than 1,000,000 students, in more than 70 countries, have shared the key principles of Global Dignity 

Global Dignity Day, a creation of the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders Alumni HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant, and Professor Pekka Himanen of the University of Art and Design Helsinki hopes to inspire the next generation and show them that it is possible to make change happen.

The principles were introduced during the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2006. This international event began as a simultaneous global event in October 2008, starting in over twenty countries, including South Africa, India, United States, Nigeria, Turkey, Norway, Finland, Jordan, Austria, Japan, Poland, Mozambique, Mexico, England, Canada, Venezuela, China, Belgium, and Singapore.

These sessions, known as "Dignity Days" are led by volunteer role models who aim to serve as facilitators in the dignity discussion, encouraging participants to key into the fundamentals of what dignity means to them and how to strengthen their dignity in order to be change makers in their own lives as well as in the lives of others. The core curriculum, developed to aid the organization in achieving its mission, draws "dignity stories" from each of the program participants, which are then shared in a peer-to-peer setting.