John Bryant to Introduce Operation HOPE's 'Silver Rights Movement' at Financial Literacy and Education Commission Meeting

May 25, 2005, 01:00 ET from Operation HOPE

    WASHINGTON, May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Operation HOPE Chairman and CEO John
 Bryant will announce today a new plan to bring economic self-sufficiency and
 revitalization to disadvantaged communities across America, at the Financial
 Literacy and Education Commission Meeting on Financial "Best Practices," set
 to take place at the Department of the Treasury at noon.  Secretary John Snow
 will deliver opening remarks.
     Operation HOPE's new "Silver Rights Movement" promises to provide economic
 literacy training and promote homeownership and small business ownership to
 disadvantaged communities across the nation.  The movement is committed to
 educating more than 160,000 urban youth nationwide, using a team of 1,000
 professional HOPE Corps volunteers over a 60-day period.  In addition, the
 initiative will implement a nationwide delivery system for financial literacy
 education of America's youth.
     Bryant will request support for the Silver Rights Movement and describe
 how the new initiative picks up where the Civil Rights Movement left off -- by
 empowering thousands of students and individuals economically.
     He will reveal how OHI has effectively provided training to over 147,000
 students and hundreds of individuals through their various empowerment
 programs.  Banking on Our Future (BOOF) is a program specifically designed to
 teach school children ages 8 to 18 the basics of banking and making and wise
 financial decisions in life.
     Bryant will also touch on other various OHI programs, including HOPE
 Coalition and the HOPE Centers. The HOPE Coalition America was created in
 response to the tragedy of 9/11 as a partnership between the U.S. Department
 of Homeland Security Citizen Corps, Federal Emergency Management Agency, USA
 Freedom Corps and Operation HOPE. Its primary function is to provide financial
 preparedness training for adults by using the EFFAK tool. The EFFAK is the
 Emergency Financial First Aid Kit in which users can record all of their
 important financial and personal information in preparation for unforeseen
 personal and community emergencies.
     HOPE Centers provide a myriad of benefits to the community such as:
 banking, financial services, economic services, credit counseling, budgeting,
 investment planning, tax preparation, retirement planning down payment
 assistance and from time to time, problem resolution. Center locations target
 economically disadvantaged communities where these quality financial services
 are lacking.
     OHI Digital Empowerment Programs are offered so people who may not have
 access to digital technology can take advantage of the InnerCity Cyber Cafe/s.
 These are centers which offer access to multiple computer terminals in a
 relaxed environment. Visitors are offered not just use of the computer, but
 training on how to surf the internet. Additionally, courses are offered
 through UCLA Extension and for a discounted cost through the
 InnerCity Partnership.
     Through programs like these, OHI continues to be one of the nation's
 pioneer organizations training young and old alike, how to handle their
 savings, credit, and personal finances.
     The HOPE organization has a long history of success; providing economic
 literacy training to over 147,000 school aged children and countless adults.
 On December 4, 2003 when President Bush signed the Fair and Accurate Credit
 Transactions Act creating the Financial Literacy and Education Commission it
 was Shonelle Blake, an OHI client that he choose to highlight and it was the
 outstanding work of Operation HOPE that he choose to honor.
     OHI's work was recognized again when Treasury Under-Secretary for Domestic
 Finance, Brian Roseboro, presented the 11th John Sherman Award for Excellence
 in Financial Education in October of 2004 to OHI, for its Banking on Our
 Future program.
     About John W. Snow
     John William Snow is the 73rd Secretary of the Treasury. Nominated by
 President Bush and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on
 January 13, 2003, Snow was sworn into office on February 3, 2003. As Secretary
 of the Treasury, Snow works closely with President Bush to strengthen economic
 growth and create jobs.
     About The Financial Literacy and Education Commission
     The Financial Literacy and Education Commission (the Commission) was
 established under Title V, the Financial Literacy and Education Improvement
 Act, which was part of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003,
 to improve financial literacy and education of persons in the United States.
     The principal duties of the Commission include: (1) encouraging government
 and private sector efforts to promote financial literacy; (2) coordinating
 financial education efforts of the federal government, including the
 identification and promotion of best practices; (3) the development of a
 national strategy to promote financial literacy and education among all
 American consumers; (4) the establishment of a website to serve as a
 clearinghouse and provide a coordinated point of entry for information about
 federal financial literacy and education programs, grants, and other
 information; and (5) the establishment of a toll-free hotline available to
 members of the public seeking information about issues pertaining to financial
 literacy and education.
     About John Bryant
     A national community leader cited by the past four sitting U.S. presidents
 for his work to empower low-wealth communities across America and author of
 BANKING ON OUR FUTURE, a book on youth and family financial literacy by Beacon
 Press, John Bryant is a businessman, a former United Nations goodwill
 ambassador to the United States, a partner with former President Clinton in an
 effort to educate every child in Harlem, New York in financial literacy, a
 Presidential Appointee for President George W. Bush, a Young Global Leader for
 the World Economic Forum, the founder of Operation HOPE, and working with HOPE
 spokesman Ambassador Andrew Young, the author of a new movement in America,
 and a clear and compelling vision for the eradication of poverty in the 21st
 century; a movement called the Silver Rights Movement.
     John Bryant is one of the most authoritative and compelling advocates for
 poverty eradication in America today. To the producer of the NBC Weekend Today
 Show John Bryant is "a revolutionary of our times," and to U.S. President
 George W. Bush, John Bryant is "a social entrepreneur."
     About Operation HOPE, Inc.
     Operation HOPE, Inc. (OHI), is America's first nonprofit social investment
 bank and a national provider of financial literacy and economic empowerment
 programs. 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. 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 counseling 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 and .