HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant and FIVE MILLION KIDS National Co-Chair Quincy Jones Join World Leaders at the Clinton Global Initiatives to Present the 5MK Commitment Progress Report
HOPE Reports Commitment to Poverty Alleviation; Plans for 5MK Initiative September 29, 2009 Launch Announced
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Music impresario and entertainment icon Quincy Jones and Operation HOPE (HOPE) Founder, Chairman, CEO and author of best-selling book, LOVE LEADERSHIP John Hope Bryant, join Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah Hashemite, Kingdom of Jordan’s panel during the Global Initiatives (CGI) to give focused attention to HOPE’s national financial empowerment initiative designed to reduce the High School drop-out epidemic and invest in America’s human capital. The initiative is called FIVE MILLION KIDS (5MK).
“Doing nothing about children’s situations is no longer an option”
“HOPE and our 5MK partners believe that financial literacy is America’s first 'silver right,' and an essential component in any effort to promote personal self-sufficiency and empowerment,” said Bryant. “Working with leaders from government, community and the private sector, we are looking forward to the official launch of 5MK, our financial literacy initiative targeting youth in a nation-wide campaign to 'Make Smart Cool and Sexy.'”
Out of the thousands of 2008 Commitments, HOPE was selected to officially present a progress report on the success of 5MK and the plans for moving forward. The presentation was held during the Clinton Global Initiatives session on Developing the 21st Century Workforce and was facilitated by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah.
Last year, Operation HOPE, Quincy Jones and HOPE Global spokesman Ambassador Andrew Young, and other 5MK private and public HOPE partners made a CGI commitment to reduce the high school drop-out rate and empower five million youth, teachers, and parents to take control of their future. Since the announcement of the 5MK Commitment at CGI in September 2008, the following progress has been made:
In the next five years 5MK will:
“Doing nothing about children’s situations is no longer an option,” said Jones. “There are four core God-given rights that any child should have: the right to have a family, good health, an education, and hope.”
The official 5MK national launch will take place on September 29, 2009 in Los Angeles. Check www.5mk.org for more information.
About Operation HOPE, Inc.
Operation HOPE is America's leading nonprofit social investment banking and financial literacy empowerment organization. With more than 400 private sector partners, 1500 nonprofit organizations and schools, and 100 government partners in 68 major U.S. cities as well as South Africa, HOPE has raised more than $500 million in its pursuit of educating, assisting and inspiring the next generation of global stakeholders. Through international initiatives and its three principal programs, Banking on Our Future (teaching school children about money), HOPE Coalition America (Mortgage HOPE Crisis Hotline, 1-888-388-HOPE, financial emergency preparedness and disaster relief), and Walk-In HOPE Centers (loans, bill pay, computer literacy, understanding banking principles), Operation HOPE has delivered services to more than one million low-wealth individuals and assumed the responsibility of piloting the Silver Rights Movement towards making free enterprise and capitalism relevant to all underserved communities. To learn more about HOPE, visit www.operationhope.org. or read our blog at www.operationhope.org/blog.