Filling the gap between the fundamental education system and financial literacy



On May 28, 2015, East West Bank and Operation HOPE collaborated once again to wrap up another successful academic school year of teaching financial literacy in the community. East West Bank teacher-volunteers taught over 135 students from third to fifth grade about services and products banks offer and the importance of saving and budgeting. Juan Ruelas, Principal at Roosevelt Elementary School in Pasadena CA, invited East West Bank and Operation HOPE back again to his school after a great experience last year and he was very thankful and appreciative for this community outreach program.

Often times, people in the community do not know that bankers go out to schools and volunteer their time to teach kids. In speaking with the teacher-volunteers, they recognize the gap between the fundamental part of the education system and financial literacy. “It is our responsibility to provide a platform for these students to learn about financial literacy. We are constantly looking for opportunities to teach, inspire and empower young students to start preparing for their financial future,” said a teacher-volunteer.

“I truly value the partnership and relationship I have with East West Bank and have to commend them on their commitment to community service through financial literacy empowerment” - James Chen, Program Manager, Operation HOPE.