John Bryant Introduces 'Silver Rights' Movement at Forum of Young Global Leaders Inaugural Summit

New Economic Empowerment Program Picks Up Where Civil Rights Left Off

Jun 30, 2005, 01:00 ET from Operation HOPE

    ZERMATT, Switzerland, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Operation HOPE's (OHI)
 Founder, Chairman and CEO John Bryant announced a new global movement toward
 economic empowerment at the Forum of Young Global Leaders (YGL) Inaugural
 Summit, sponsored by the World Economic Forum, on June 24-26. Bryant's new
 "Silver Rights" movement is aimed at financial literacy and empowerment of the
     Los Angeles-based Operation HOPE is a non-profit organization providing
 financial literacy, credit counseling and management, computer training,
 lending services and inspiration to the economically disadvantaged.
     "If the 20th century was about issues of race and the color line, all over
 the world, or what we call civil rights, and the first civil right was the
 right to vote, then the 21st century will be about issues of class and
 poverty, in an economic era, or what I call silver rights, and the first
 silver right amongst many is financial literacy," Bryant said. "If you don't
 know better, you cannot do better."
     Based on the mission and progress of Operation HOPE, Bryant was invited to
 speak at the global poverty and development workshop session on the topic of
 "global best practices" to end poverty and inspire the wealthless. Operation
 HOPE serves as a model toward Bryant's mission to eradicate poverty through
 financial literacy, economic education and economic empowerment.
     This summit engaged The Forum of Young Global Leaders in the 2020
 Initiative, a comprehensive effort addressing the complex challenges of today
 to shape a better world future, which focused on five key areas: global
 governance and security, development and poverty, education, environment and
 health. During this meeting, members developed global strategies to advance
 concrete actions toward a better world in the year 2020. This conference
 marked the first time the members met as a community.
     The YGL committee consists of outstanding leaders from 68 countries around
 the world, aged 40 years or younger, who are committed to improving the state
 of the world. Members include Google Co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page,
 and actress Julia Ormond.  In addition to Bryant, members attending this
 session included:
     * H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway
     * Amy S. Butte, chief financial officer and EVP for the New York Stock
     * Bharrat Jagdeo, President of Guyana
     * Dayanidhi Maran, Minister of Communications and Information Tech. of
     * Kumi Naidoo, Secretary-General and CEO, Civicus-World Alliance for
       Citizen Participation, South Africa
     * Lily Habash, Office of the Prime Minister, Palestinian National
     * H.M. Queen Rania of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Chair of YGL
     * Taddy Blecher, CEO, CIDA City Campus, South Africa
     * Justin Fox, editor-at-large, Fortune Magazine
     * Belinda Stronarch, Member of the Liberal Cabinet, House of Commons,
     * Bassem I. Awadallah, Minister of Finance of Jordan
     * H.R.H. Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al Faisal, chairman of Investment
       Enterprises, Saudi Arabia
     * Karim T. Kawar, ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the
       United States
     The inaugural Forum of Young Global Leaders aims to "shake up traditional
 thinking and to bring a bold, forward-looking approach to the world," said
 Professor Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum. Nearly
 250 members make up the Forum of Young Global Leaders, which works in close
 cooperation with the World Economic Forum. Each year 200-300 exceptional
 individuals are identified, drawn from every region in the world and many
 disciplines and sectors. Together, they form a powerful international
 community aimed to impact the global future. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the
 World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit, and is not tied to any
 political, partisan or national interests.
     About John Bryant & Operation HOPE
     Founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE, Inc.
 (OHI), America's first non-profit social investment bank and a national
 provider of financial literacy and economic empowerment programs. As a
 national community leader, Bryant has been cited by the past four (sitting)
 U.S. presidents for his work to empower low wealth communities across America.
 Through ongoing collaborations and long-term partnerships with leading
 government, private sector, and community interests, OHI works to bring self-
 sufficiency and a sustained spirit of revitalization to America's inner-city
 communities. OHI's HOPE Centers, a growing network of inner-city banking
 centers, have created more than 800 new homeowners and small business owners,
 more than $125 million in funded loans, and more than $210 million in
 commitments for homeownership and small business loans from their 250 bank and
 corporate partners. OHI's Banking on Our Future program has delivered
 financial literacy education and related services to more than 147,000
 children across the country. In partnership with the U.S. Department of
 Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and a network of
 private and community partners, OHI's HOPE Coalition America has provided free
 financial counselling and casework services to Americans affected by natural
 disasters and national emergencies in 125 cities in 35 states to date. Taken
 together, these programs make Operation HOPE the national leader in economic
 empowerment tools and services for the under-served in America. OHI and its
 programs can be found online at
     About The Forum of Young Global Leaders
     The Forum of Young Global Leaders makes up an exciting, powerful network
 of leaders from 69 different countries. This group consists of delegates from
 around the world: 72 from Europe, 62 from North America, 49 from Asia, 19 from
 the Middle East and North Africa, 18 from sub-Saharan Africa and 17 from Latin
 America. Drawn from a pool of 8,000 candidates from around the world, the
 Forum of Young Global Leaders were nominated by a committee of 28 eminent
 international media leaders including CEO of Pearson, Marjorie Scardino; New
 York Times Company Chairman, Arthur Sulzberger; CEO of the Reuters Corp, Tom
 Glocer; and HDTV visionary Katsuji Ebisawa. The committee is chaired by Her
 Majesty Queen Rania of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
     Each year, around 200 Young Global Leaders are nominated to serve for a
 period of five years, ultimately forming a community of 1,111 by 2009. Based
 in Geneva, Switzerland, The Forum of Young Global Leaders is in the process of
 being incorporated as an independent, not-for-profit foundation, under the
 supervision of the Swiss Government. The Forum of Young Global Leaders was
 created by Professor Klaus Schwab in 2004 and acts in close cooperation with
 the World Economic Forum in their joint commitment to improving the state of
 the world. For more information and a detailed list of all Young Global
 Leaders, please visit Information is also
 available at our website,