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January 01 2007

Operation HOPE's Participation in 2007 Annual Meeting Furthers Clinton's Global Initiative

Recognition in former president’s bestseller “Giving” and commitment to alleviating poverty spurs Operation HOPE’s participation at CGI summit

LOS ANGELES – September 26, 2007
– Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant, along with former U.N. Ambassador and current Operation HOPE Global Spokesman Andrew Young, join a select group of international leaders this week in New York for the 2007 Annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting.

Designed to facilitate action in four distinct areas; education, energy and climate change, health, and poverty alleviation, CGI is Bill Clinton’s non-partisan catalyst for action. It brings together a full spectrum of talented innovators to devise and implement solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems.

In Clinton’s latest bestseller “Giving”, the forty-second president focuses on exploring global concerns and how individuals are getting incredible results simply by thinking outside the box. Clinton specifically talks about Operation HOPE, and John Bryant’s advancement of a “Silver Rights Movement” that empowers, inspires and engages the disenfranchised throughout the world.

Speaking last week on NPR’s Morning Edition about the importance of individuals being educated about their finances and money, John Bryant’s message was clear, “In the spirit of giving, Operation HOPE is urging parents to give a future to their kids through financial literacy by equipping them with an education in money management skills. When you know better, you tend to do better.”

Bryant, who was honored in Atlanta earlier as the “2007 Man of the Year” by Women Looking Ahead News Magazine, will give his CGI delegate report on the growth of his organization’s youth financial literacy program, Banking On Our Future. He’ll also be discussing the official grand opening of the HOPE Center in Harlem, New York on October 3, 2007, as well as the additional expansion of Banking on Our Future offices in Capetown and Wellington, South Africa, scheduled for later this year.