HOPE Business In A Box/ Casey Family Programs Fellowship

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About HOPE Fellowship Program
With over 100 participants to date, the Operation HOPE, Inc. (HOPE) Fellows, Interns and Loaned Executive (FILE) Program offers exceptional young men and women the opportunity to acquire skills and build vital social networks that will enhance their career paths and effectiveness as future leaders.

HOPE Department and Job Duties
HOPE’s youth empowerment programs focus on both the award winning Banking on Our Future (BOOF) Program, as well as the innovative HOPE Business In a Box (HBIAB) program. In addition, HOPE aims to work collaboratively with Casey Family Programs (CFP) to reach HOPE’s America 2020 goals (see https://www.operationhope.org/America2020 for more information) and help further CFP’s Moving Hope Forward initiative (http://www.casey.org/AboutUs/).

The goal of BOOF is to impart basic financial education to help students envision and grasp the skills needed to make sound financial decisions and take charge of their financial future.

The entrepreneurship program HOPE Business In A Box (HBIAB) is intended to transform a youth’s natural aspiration and state of hope into practical, empowering, and life changing action steps to starting a business and becoming an entrepreneur. In this 2-3 month program students participate in BOOF, an entrepreneurship primer course, and then pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges. The winning students go on to work with a Business Role model to refine their business plans and upon completion can win up to $500 in startup funds to launch their business.

CFP’s Moving Hope Forward Initiative relates to HOPE Fellows through two different objectives: Centers of Hope and the “I CAN” University/Community Partnership. The HOPE Fellow will participate in activities directly relating to these CFP objectives in the wider scope of HOPE’s America 2020 goals.


The HOPE Fellow will work closely with the HOPE Program Manager to ensure that the HBAIB program is able to grow to scale as it emerges as a leading entrepreneurship program in the greater metropolitan area. The fellow will also effectively engage volunteers, recruit new schools and community-based programs, and help to increase the visibility of the various HOPE and CFP programs in the community at large. Other responsibilities include:

• Develop materials and resources to outreach to volunteers, schools, and community based organizations
• Assist with special events, volunteer trainings, and school recruitment
• Help manage online presence through social media efforts
• Respond to general inquiries about HBIAB classes and volunteer opportunities
• Undertake and complete research assignments, as requested
• Fulfill other duties as they arise

Specific Skills

• Strong interpersonal skills
• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
• Exceptional communication skills (written and oral) a MUST
• Academic level research skills
• Proficient in use with technology (computers, iPads, etc.)
• Excellent organizational skills
• Ability to problem solve independently and self-initiate towards solution
• Ability to prioritize work assignments and manage fluctuating work flow
• Ability to multi task with interruptions
• Effective content/contact management skills
• Works well alone or on a team
• Demonstrated leadership abilities
• Ability to work well with diverse groups


All Fellows will be required to:
• Submit an Application Essay along with their resume, outlining their community involvement, providing evidence of their leadership skills and including a statement of personal motivation.
• Attend several Leadership Activities throughout their Fellowship
• Complete a Reflective Essay at the end of their Fellowship, summarizing their work and its impact on HOPE and the community at large
• Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
• Provide and use their own cell phone and lap top

How To Apply

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