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April 28 2015

Union Bank Partners with Operation HOPE to Teach Financial Education at Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach

Students celebrate the importance of banking & saving during Financial Literacy Month

LONG BEACH CA, APRIL 21, 2015 – In recognition of Financial Literacy Month, Union Bank, as part of its ongoing commitment to responsible banking and efforts to help increase youth financial education, partnered with Operation HOPE (HOPE), and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach to educate high school students about the basics of personal finance.  Union Bank volunteers Natalie Cruz and Sophanary Ngov began teaching HOPE’s award-winning youth financial literacy program, Banking on Our Future, to members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach on March 11. The five-week course culminated on April 15.

“Union Bank is committed to educating our future leaders, and our partnership with HOPE helps us to not only support financial literacy programs throughout the year but to also encourage employee volunteerism,” said Union Bank Vice President and Long Beach Branch Manager Jennifer L. Tellers.  “It is an honor to be able to bring HOPE’s Banking on Our Future program to Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach.”

The Banking on Our Future curriculum features five modules: Course in Dignity (covers the importance of responsible budgeting and money management), Basics of Budgeting, Get Smart About Banking (Checking and Savings Accounts), Fundamentals of Credit and Introduction to Savings and Investing. Each week, students participating in the program learned practical lessons by using hands-on calculations and real-world examples.

“It has been a pleasure to partner with Union Bank and Operation HOPE to bring the Banking on Our Future curriculum to our students at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach Director of Operations Claudia Torres.  “The students participating in the program are learning critical life skills with hands-on activities. The way the class is presented to them is engaging and allows each student to process the information in a more personal and meaningful way.”

The classroom edition of Banking on Our Future is a vital element of HOPE’s Project 5117, and more specifically the 5 Million Kids Initiative, aimed at empowering 5 million youth to become money-smart and lowering the school dropout rate in America. Union Bank was the first national sponsor of the Initiative.

Banking on Our Future was designed to elevate the dignity, hope, and economic self-sufficiency for students in low-wealth communities through financial empowerment.  Since its inception, the program has reached more than 800,000 students in more than 700 schools and community-based organizations in the U.S. and South Africa.

Union Bank volunteer, Natalie Cruz (second to left) with Boys & Girls Long Beach Kimberly Alvarado and Bailey Pukini

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing youth a safe and productive place to go when they need it most; afterschool and non-school days. For 76 years, the BGCLB has been helping to provide a world-class Club Experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who comes through our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle. Now more than ever, community partners play a critical role in shaping the lives of America’s young people. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach are uniquely posi­tioned to help make a significant difference. We have access to the youth in the community who need us most, and a program that helps youth develop positive outcomes and achieve great futures.

About Operation HOPE, Inc (HOPE)

Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Los Angeles, Operation HOPE is rated a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator. A global nonprofit focused on financial dignity, HOPE has empowered more than 2.5 million individuals and directed more than $1.8 billion in private capital to America's low-wealth communities. Through its three core divisions and HOPE Financial Dignity Forum, the organization has provided youth and adult financial literacy, economic preparedness, digital empowerment, promoted homeownership, and assisted with foreclosure prevention to more than 2.2 million individuals, families, and small business owners worldwide.  Currently, HOPE is focused on Project 5117, a multi-year initiative that will track and increase business role models for youth, boost credit scores for adults, and empower underserved communities. To learn more about Operation HOPE visit www.operationhope.orgfollow our Twitter: @operationhope, and like us on Facebook: Operation HOPE or on Instagram @OperationHOPEHQ.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, Operation HOPE promotes financial dignity through financial literacy and education tools to underserved communities. Through its four core portfolios, 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. Established in 1992, after the worst urban riot in U.S. history HOPE celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, continuing its “silver rights” mission to assist underserved communities through financial literacy programs that increase net worth and promotes financial dignity. To learn more about Operation HOPE visit www.operationhope.org; follow us our Twitter: @operationhope and like us on Facebook: Operation HOPE, Inc.

About MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

MUFG Union Bank, N.A., is a full-service bank with offices across the United States.  We provide a wide spectrum of corporate, commercial, retail banking and wealth management solutions to meet the needs of customers.  We also offer an extensive portfolio of value-added solutions for customers, including investment banking, personal and corporate trust, global custody, transaction banking, capital markets, and other services.  With assets of $113.1 billion (USD), as of December 31, 2014, MUFG Union Bank, N.A. has strong capital reserves, credit ratings and capital ratios relative to peer banks.  MUFG Union Bank, N.A. is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (NYSE: MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations with total assets of approximately ¥279 trillion (JPY) of $2.3 trillion (USD)¹, as of December 31, 2014. The corporate headquarters (principal executive office) for MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation, which is the financial holding company, and MUFG Union Bank, N.A. is in New York City. MUFG Union Bank, N.A. main banking office is in San Francisco.

1 Exchange rate of USD=¥119.78 as of December 31, 2014