Building Native Communities: Financial Empowerment for Teens & Young Adults, was developed in partnership with First Nations Development Institute and Freddie Mac. Driven by the knowledge that youth need financial skills to help bridge the gap from surviving to thriving, the curriculum focuses on crucial financial skills such as developing a spending plan, money management, saving for an education or emergencies, and buying a home. These financial skills build a foundation for our youth that will allow them to experience financial freedom and self-sufficiency as adults.
Financial education is essential
Acquiring these financial skills place youth on the path to financial well-being, which is critical for health and the well-being of for Native communities. These financial skills foster self-sufficient and strong Indigenous economies.. This tailored financial education curriculum is designed for youth around 14-22 years of age. It takes a deep dive into the seven different financial literacy lessons, and provides two supplements focusing on student loan debt and managing per capita payments. In addition, the curriculum provides many useful resources like budgeting templates.
The Building Native Communities (BNC)
This curriculum is designed for Indigenous communities. Created for tribal communities, the curriculum was created to help tribal departments, Native CDFIs, non- profits and other Native organizations establish and sustain financial education programs. Upon completion of our train-the-trainer programtraining, participants will be prepared to take the financial education curriculum back to their Tribal communities to engage and empower their youth. The greatest return on investment any community can make is to invest in our youth, helping them realize the dream of our ancestors. This is the goal of of the Building Native Communities (BNC): Financial Empowerment for Teens & Young Adults curriculum.