St. Louis Fed President Bill Poole and Operation HOPE Chairman John Bryant spoke to St. Louis-area children at the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club on June 18. The two taught a lesson from the "Banking on Our Future" classroom curriculum—the only face-to-face economic literacy program taught year-round in public schools at no cost to the schools.
The program, which was developed by Operation HOPE, is available in English and Spanish. It uses a growing network of volunteer bankers to teach four core modules:
Operation HOPE is a non-profit self-help organization that collaborates with leading government, private sector and community interests. Its goal is to bring economic self-sufficiency and revitalization to America's inner city communities. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and several Reserve bank presidents are participating in Operation HOPE programs across the country.
Fed Exchange is a regional information-sharing event for the Financial Services customers in the Fed's Fourth and Eighth districts. Here are the dates and locations for the fall 2003 series:
Four Points By Sheraton | Mars, Pa.
Holiday Inn Select | Memphis
Embassy Suites | Lexington, Ky.
Holiday Inn Airport/South | Louisville
Holiday Inn | Independence, Ohio
Holiday Inn South County Center | St. Louis
Embassy Suites | Dublin, Ohio
Embassy Suites | Little Rock