Why Atlanta is setting up savings accounts for kindergartners

The city and the nonprofit Operation HOPE will offer $100 to kids from low-income households, with banks playing an assisting role. “Once you own some stock, once you have an account, now you’re watching that grow and you’re a participant in the” financial system, said John Hope Bryant, the nonprofit’s founder and CEO.

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  • John has been in communications since graduating from Creative Communications at Red River College Polytechnic in Winnipeg in 1992. He launched one of Canada's first digital-only local news sites called Winnipeg First in 2007, which led to digital editor postings with the Winnipeg Free Press and Edmonton Journal. In 2012 he joined Bankless Times as managing editor, later becoming president and CEO. He and the Bankless Media co-founders completed a sale and exit in August 2021.