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Sonoma Valley Sassarini School completes Operation HOPE program

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Sonoma Valley Sassarini School completes Operation HOPE program

Sonoma Valley’s Sassarini Elementary School students pose for a photo after successfully completing the five-week Operation HOPE Banking on Our Future financial program. They are joined by (Far Left) Boys & Girls Club Program Assistant at Sassarini Yvette Hernandez, Union Bank Senior Community Relations Officer Molly Fedorchak, Branch Manager Robin Gold and (Far Right) Boys & Girls Club Program Director at Sassarini Katie Welch.

Union Bank Volunteers Teach First Operation HOPE Financial Education Session at Boys &Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley’s Sassarini Elementary School Site This marks the seventh group of students recognized for their participation in HOPE’s “Banking on Our Future” program

As part of its ongoing commitment to financial education, Union Bank partnered with nonprofit Operation HOPE and Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley to teach its seventh group of elementary students about the basics of personal finance. Held at Sassarini Elementary School for the first time, the Banking on Our Future was taught by Union Bank volunteers Molly Fedorchak and Robin Gold. The five-week course began in March and culminated with a recognition ceremony to celebrate the students’ completion of the program on April 27.

The Banking on Our Future curriculum features the Basics of Budgeting, Get Smart About Banking (Checking and Saving Accounts), Fundamentals of Credit, and Introduction to Savings and Investing, as well as “A Course in Dignity.” Each week students learned practical lessons by using hands-on calculations and real-world examples.

“We are proud to work together with Union Bank and Operation HOPE to bring the Banking on Our Future curriculum to students at our Club,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley Chief Executive Officer Robert Hughes. “These lessons are building blocks for a strong financial future.”

“On the last day of the course, it’s always interesting to hear the kids share a financial concept they’ve learned during the session,” said Union Bank Vice President and Senior Community Relations Officer Molly Fedorchak. “Working with the team at the Sonoma Valley Boys & Girls Club at Sassarini Elementary School was enjoyable and we can’t wait to teach our next class.”

Since 2011, Union Bank has partnered with Operation HOPE at a dozen Boys & Girls Clubs, reaching more than 300 youth.

“The need for personal financial education is greater than ever,” Operation HOPE Youth Empowerment Program Manager Brenda Johnson said. “The Banking on Our Future program is a great way for students to learn about finance with age-appropriate lessons. We hope to help them make responsible financial choices in the future.”

Banking on Our Future was designed to elevate the dignity, hope, and economic self- sufficiency of people in low-wealth communities through financial empowerment. Since its inception, the program has reached more than 790,000 students in more than 700 schools and community-based organizations in the U.S. and South Africa.



About Operation HOPE, Inc.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, Operation HOPE promotes financial dignity through financial literacy and education tools to underserved communities. Through its four core portfolios, the organization has provided youth and adult financial literacy, economic preparedness, digital empowerment, promoted home ownership, and assisted with foreclosure prevention to more than 2 million individuals, families, and small business owners. Established in 1992, after the worst urban riot in U.S. history HOPE celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, continuing its “silver rights” mission to assist underserved communities through financial literacy programs that increase net worth and promotes financial dignity. To learn more about Operation HOPE visit; follow us our Twitter: @operationhope and like us on Facebook: Operation HOPE, Inc.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley

The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley is to provide positive opportunities for youth to learn and succeed. The Club is the only multi-location, year round youth facility offering afterschool education, enrichment, and prevention programs to more than 2,000 kids in Sonoma Valley. The Club is a local leader working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social, and family circumstances to improve school outcomes, and provide proven enrichment opportunities.

The Club inspires children and teens with hope and opportunity — as well as practical tools that encourage our priority outcomes of Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. We help Sonoma Valley youth to discover safe environments, successful relationships, a sense of belonging, opportunities for civic engagement and a continuum of positive learning experiences.

About MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

MUFG Union Bank, N.A., is a full-service bank with offices across the United States. We provide a wide spectrum of corporate, commercial and retail banking and wealth management solutions to meet the needs of customers. We also offer an extensive portfolio of value-added solutions for customers, including investment banking, personal and corporate trust, global custody, transaction banking, capital markets, and other services. With assets of $120.0 billion, as of March 31, 2016, MUFG Union Bank has strong capital reserves, credit ratings and capital ratios relative to peer banks. MUFG Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (NYSE: MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations with total assets of approximately $295.8 trillion (JPY) or $2.5 trillion (USD)1, as of December 31, 2015. The corporate headquarters (principal executive office) for MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation, which is the financial holding company and MUFG Union Bank, is in New York City. The main banking office of MUFG Union Bank is in San Francisco, California.

1 Exchange rate of 1 USD=¥120.6 (JPY) as of December 30, 2015