Community Leader Spotlight! Raymond Bell

23 February 2016
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Community Leader Spotlight! Raymond Bell

Social entrepreneur, keynote speaker and facilitator are just a few words to describe Raymond Bell, Founder of R. Emmanuel Bell Consulting and the H.O.P.E. Project in Washington, DC.

Mr. Bell is making a difference in the lives of many by offering his talent and expertise, and pairing it with his desire to uplift others through education, resources and support. A true catalyst for change, he implemented a campaign against unemployment by founding the H.O.P.E. Project, an Information Technology program that provides technical training and development preparing students for entry-level positions as Helpdesk and Application Support Professionals.

Graduates of the H.O.P.E. Project have obtained jobs in various organizations and government agencies, some include: World Bank, CACI, and Lockheed Martin, earning a base salary of 43,000yr.

Raymond Bell has been featured in Ebony, ABC, CBS, WHUR, NewsOne Now, Bloomberg News, Washington Post, National Public Radio, National Journal, BET and many other media outlets.

As a community leader, Mr. Bell has received numerous awards for his outstanding work which includes the 2014 R.I.S.E Demonstration Center Innovator of the year, and 2012 National Black Caucus of State Legislators...

His passion to empower through education is changing lives and bettering the community. Teaching others to take ownership and control of their destiny is Mr. Bell’s mission, which has proven to be very effective when looking at the success of the H.O.P.E. Project. In the words of Raymond Bell, " H.O.P.E.  is REAL".

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