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July 18 2017

Operation HOPE hosts Financial Literacy Day for Southern Youth Leadership Development Institute emerging leaders

WASHINGTON – July 18, 2017 – Global financial dignity and economic empowerment nonprofit Operation HOPE, Inc. will today host a Financial Literacy Day for students of the Southern Youth Leadership Development Institute’s (SYLDI) Emerging Leaders Summer Program. The 32 students will participate in sessions centered on financial awareness and advocacy, including a lesson from the award-winning Banking On Our Future program—focusing on financial empowerment, budgeting and credit. Activities will begin at the Washington corporate headquarters of SunTrust Bank located at 1445 New York Ave, NW.

“We are honored to connect with this wonderful group of young people and share the basics of financial literacy with them,” said Dionne Waldron-McNeal, Vice President, Community Relations Officer - Northeast Region. “The tools and knowledge they receive today will support them on the journey to financial independence and empower them to uplift their communities.”

The SYLDI students traveled to Washington from Birmingham, Ala. During the group’s visit through July 21, students will tour the U.S. Treasury’s Mint Bureau, The White House Lafayette Square Complex which includes the U.S. Treasury Department’s Freedman's Bank Building, U.S. Capitol, and National Museum of African American History and Culture.

SYLDI was founded in 2008 by civil rights leader and community activist Doris Dozier Crenshaw to address educational policy issues. Crenshaw is accompanying the students on the historic trip. The eight-week SYLDI summer program focuses on inspiring youth innovation, leadership and development, and the understanding of public policy, history, and social impact needed to be competitive in the 21st century.  


About Operation HOPE

Since 1992, Operation HOPE has been moving America from civil rights to "silver rights" with the mission of making free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved. Through its core programs, the nonprofit has provided financial dignity and economic empowerment to over 2.6 million individuals worldwide, and $2 billion in economic activity for the disenfranchised—turning check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners and minimum wage workers into living wage consumers.  Project 5117 is HOPE’s multi-year four-pronged approach to combating economic inequality that aims to improve financial literacy, increase business role models and business internships for youth, and stabilize the American dream by boosting credit scores. Operation HOPE recently received its third consecutive 4-star charity rating for fiscal management and commitment to transparency and accountability by the prestigious non-profit evaluator, Charity Navigator—further establishing it as a best-in-class organization. 

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