2022 Training Schedule

Title: Building Native Communities: Financial Empowerment for Teens & Young Adults

Dates: June 7-9, 2022

Time: 9:00am-5:00pm ET

Location: Traverse City, Michigan

Description: Oweesta Corporation is pleased to announce our financial education curriculum Building Native Communities: Financial Empowerment for Teens & Young Adults in Traverse City, Michigan June 7-9, 2022 from 9:00am-5:00pm ET.

Financial literacy is an essential skill on the path to a healthy financial well-being and vital to building an empowered financial foundation for Native communities and strengthening Tribal economies. Our youth need these skill sets to help bridge the gap between a novice and an expert in financial literacy knowledge, including knowing the difference between spending money versus managing money.

This multi-day training will cover:

  • Effective financial education training techniques, activities, and resources tailored for youth
  • An in-depth look at the Building Native Communities: Financial Empowerment for Teens & Young Adults curriculum

Upon completion of the training, participants will be prepared to successfully pass the Building Native Communities: Financial Empowerment for Teens & Young Adults certification exam, becoming BNC certified financial education trainers. Participants must attend and complete all days of training, participate in an oral presentation, and pass the exam to be certified as an instructor.  

Contact: Senior Programs Officer, Stephanie Cote (stephanie@oweesta.org)

Register HERE

Title: $pending Frenzy Training

Dates: June 1o, 2022

Time: 9:00am-12:00pm

Location: Traverse City, MI

Description: Oweesta Corporation is headed to Traverse City, Michigan to host a $pending Frenzy on June 10, 2022 from 9am-12pm.

The $pending Frenzy, developed by First Nations Development Institute, is a fun and creative simulation on handling a substantial lump sum of money. Teens are given $40,000 in fake money and encouraged to spend it wisely as they navigate the tough financial choices of life, such as purchasing a car or a house, budgeting for groceries, and invest.

Join us for this June training, and learn the basics of the exciting financial life skills game developed for Native youth. Upon completion of the training, you will be able to host $pending Frenzies in your community. There is a $50 fee for this training. 

Contact: Senior Programs Officer, Stephanie Cote (stephanie@oweesta.org)

Register HERE

Title: Effective Fundraising and Capitalization

Dates: August 30 – September 1, 2022

Time: TBD

Location: TBD

Description:

Development and Capitalization remains one of the largest challenges for most Native CDFIs. This course is designed to help Native CDFIs revisit or develop their own multi-faceted, long-term capitalization plan.  Join in this warm, interactive peer-to-peer learning environment where we will share strategies, partnerships, and tools to prepare Native CDFI practitioners to access a diversified funding base. Share in a broader dialogue not only about the individual capitalization needs of your Native CDFI, but also engage in brainstorming with your Native CDFI peers around how we might creatively leverage our partnerships to access additional funding. At the end of this course, you will have your own draft capitalization plan and individualized strategies for enhancing your development goals.

At the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Know regular non-profit fundraising techniques;
  • Understand and position your organization to take advantage of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives;
  • Explain the essentials of capitalization planning;
  • Describe key funding partners and their associated evaluation criteria;
  • Formulate a capitalization strategy;
  • Identify next steps to build the internal capacity necessary to support a more diversified funding base;
  • Comfortably deliver a “pitch” to a funder and adapt that pitch based on funding partner type;
  • Identify potential “entry points” and partners to access their most relevant funding sources;
  • Outline the role of earned revenue and strategic partnerships in their overall capitalization structure

This training is part of the Executive Specialization Track of the Practitioner Certification Program. 

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Title: Building Native Communities: Financial Empowerment for Teens & Young Adults

Dates: August 22-26, 2022

Time: 12:00pm-2:30pm MT

Location: Virtual

Description: 

Oweesta Corporation is pleased to announce our upcoming 5th Edition Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families Train-the-Trainer, from August 22-26, 2022 from 12:00pm-2:30pm MT. This training will offer a five-day, virtual instructor training and certification program to help Native CDFIs, tribes, and other Native organizations establish and sustain financial education programs in their communities. Early and quality applications will be prioritized, so please register early and fully complete the following registration application.

This five-day training will cover:

  • Effective financial education training techniques and resources
  • An in-depth look at the Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families 5th Edition curriculum

Upon completion of the training, participants will be prepared to successfully pass the Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families 5th Edition certification exam, becoming BNC certified financial education trainers. Participants must attend and complete all days of training, participate in an oral presentation, and pass the exam to be certified as an instructor.

Contact: Senior Programs Officer, Stephanie Cote (stephanie@oweesta.org)

Register TBD

Title: Underwriting – Consumer, Business, Housing

Dates: September 27-29, 2022

Location: Spokane, WA at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino

Description: TBD

This training is part of the Lending Specialization Track of the Practitioner Certification Program. 

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Title: Building Native Communities: Financial Coaching Training

Dates: October 3-7, 2022

Time: 11am-4:00pm MT

Location: Virtual

Description: Please join Oweesta Corporation for our national Building Native Communities: Financial Coaching for Families training held virtually October 3-7, 2022 from 11:00am-4:00pm MT. Our coaching training will draw on fundamental Native values, returning us to the grounded belief that our clients must be the agents of change in their own lives. Participants will learn how to do the following:

  • Support your clients to focus on strengthening their financial mindset and behavior so that they are better able to reach their financial goals
  • Improve clients’ ability to absorb financial shock
  • Expand clients’ ability to find and evaluate the information needed to make financial decisions.

This hands-on, interactive training (developed in partnership with Seven Sisters Community Development Group) will provide tools, resources, and an approach that will empower financial educators to engage in one-on-one coaching relationships with their clients. The training is designed to build on the skills and knowledge of the Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families curriculum and assumes practitioners have an understanding of personal financial concepts. This in-person training is held over three days, and participants will receive a certificate of completion upon full attendance in training. We have limited spots available, and priority will be given to those who register first.

Contact: Senior Programs Officer, Stephanie Cote (stephanie@oweesta.org)

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Title: Loan Portfolio Management

Dates: October 2022

Time: TBD

Location: TBD

Description: TBD

This training is part of the Lending Specialization Track of the Practitioner Certification Program. 

Register TBD

Title: Building Native Communities: Financial Empowerment for Teens & Young Adults

Dates: October 31-November 5, 2022

Time: 11:00am-2:00pm MT

Location: Virtual

Description: Oweesta Corporation is pleased to announce our financial education curriculum Building Native Communities: Financial Empowerment for Teens & Young Adults held virtually from October 31-November 5, 2022 from 11:00am-2:00pm MT.

Financial literacy is an essential skill on the path to a healthy financial well-being and vital to building an empowered financial foundation for Native communities and strengthening Tribal economies. Our youth need these skill sets to help bridge the gap between a novice and an expert in financial literacy knowledge, including knowing the difference between spending money versus managing money.

This multi-day training will cover:

  • Effective financial education training techniques, activities, and resources tailored for youth
  • An in-depth look at the Building Native Communities: Financial Empowerment for Teens & Young Adults curriculum

Upon completion of the training, participants will be prepared to successfully pass the Building Native Communities: Financial Empowerment for Teens & Young Adults certification exam, becoming BNC certified financial education trainers. Participants must attend and complete all days of training, participate in an oral presentation, and pass the exam to be certified as an instructor.  

Contact: Senior Programs Officer, Stephanie Cote (stephanie@oweesta.org)

Register TBD

Anticipated 2023 Training Schedule

Several of the trainings listed tentatively for 2023 are part of the Practitioner Certification program. Learn more about the program here.

Title: Financial Management I – Accounting Principles, Nonprofit Financial Statements, Fund Accounting

Dates: February 2023

Time: TBD

Location: TBD

Description: TBD

This training is part of the Financial Management Specialization Track of the Practitioner Certification Program. 

Title: Fundamentals Week

Dates: March 2023

Time: TBD

Location: TBD

Description: TBD

This training is part of the Practitioner Certification Program. 

Title: Financial Management II – Asset/Liability Management, Financial Statement Analysis & Reporting, Budgeting

Dates: April 2023

Time: TBD

Location: TBD

Description: TBD

This training is part of the Executive Specialization Track and/or the Financial Management Specialization Track of the Practitioner Certification Program. 

Title: Executive Training

Dates: November 2023

Time: TBD

Location: TBD

Description: TBD

This training is part of the Executive Specialization Track of the Practitioner Certification Program. 

Oweesta 2022 Webinar Schedule

Title: Credit Building 101

Date: May 17, 2022

Time: 12pm-1:30pm MT

Description: Credit is a big topic! Good credit history is crucial in today’s economy. Join Oweesta and Native Learning Center for a webinar focused on credit building.

Training Objectives: 

  • Setting credit building goals
  • Understanding how credit building works
  • Learning how to read and understand your credit report while building credit
  • Exploring tools and developing skills in order to build credit
  • Learning about credit building products and resources

Questions: Contact Lanalle Smith, Senior Programs Officer, Capacity Building (lanalle@oweesta.org)

Register HERE

Title: Understanding Credit the Next Level

Date: May 19, 2022

Time: 12pm-1:30pm MT

Description: Join Oweesta Corporation and Native Learning Center for an informative webinar and a deep look at credit and best practices for credit repair. This webinar is the next level of credit, going below the surface of basic financial education to understand the nuances of the financial industry and impacts of credit.

Training Objectives: 

  • Understanding credit reports to inform credit building
  • Knowing your rights as a consumer
  • Practice utilizing tools to track credit-building success

Questions: Contact Lanalle Smith, Senior Programs Officer, Capacity Building (lanalle@oweesta.org)

Register HERE