Oweesta 2020-2021 Training Schedule

December 7-11, 2020 ~ Virtual ~ Building Native Communities: Financial Coaching for Families ~ Open to Public

Training: Virtual Building Native Communities: Financial Coaching for Families

Date: December 7-11, 2020

Location: Virtual (Sponsored by Rose Foundation & Wells Fargo)

Trainers: Stephanie Cote, Programs Officer, Oweesta Corporation; Lanalle Smith, Programs Office, Oweesta Corporation

Eligibility: Open to Public

Cost: Free to Attend

Registration: HERE

Contact: Stephanie Cote, Stephanie@oweesta.org; Lanalle Smith, Lanalle@oweesta.org

Description: Please join us for Oweesta Corporation’s national training, Building Native Communities: Financial Coaching for Families! This 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 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, funded in part through the generosity of Rose Foundation, 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.

Update: Due to the recent developments on the domestic spread of the Coronavirus within the U.S., Oweesta is keeping this training tentatively.

January 25-29, 2021 ~ Virtual ~ Virtual Building Native Communities: Financial Empowerment for Teens & Young Adults ~ Open to the Public

Training: Virtual Building Native Communities: Financial Empowerment for Teens & Young Adults

Date: January 25-29, 2021

Location: Virtual (Sponsored by Native Learning Center)

Trainers: Stephanie Cote, Programs Officer, Oweesta Corporation; Lanalle Smith, Programs Office, Oweesta Corporation

Eligibility: Open to Public

Cost: Free to Attend

Registration: HERE

Contact: Stephanie Cote, Stephanie@oweesta.org; Lanalle Smith, Lanalle@oweesta.org

Description: Financial literacy is an essential skill on the path to a healthy financial well-being and vital to building an empowered financial foundation for all Native communities and strong Tribal economies. Our youth need these skill sets to help bridge the gap between being a novice or an expert in financial literacy knowledge, which is the difference between simply understanding how money works and how to spend it, to important life skills like budgeting, developing a spending plan, savings, paying bills, building a nest egg, paying for an education, buying a home, investing, etc. Join us for a two and a half-day, state-of-the-art, interactive instructor training to help Native CDFIs, Tribal communities, and other Native organizations establish and sustain financial education programs tailored for youth in our communities.

Due to the generosity of Native Learning Center, this training has no registration fees.

This five-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 take the financial education curriculum and teachings back to their Tribal communities to engage and empower their youth. The most important financial health lesson with the greatest ROI (return on investment) is educating our children on how to become financially fit and that is exactly the goal of the Building Native Communities: Financial Empowerment for Teens & Young Adults curriculum.

April 12-16, 2021 ~ Virtual ~ Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families Train-the-Trainer ~ Open to Public

Training: Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families Train-the-Trainer (National Training)

Date: April 12-16, 2021

Location: Virtual (Supported by Native Learning Center)

Trainers: Lanalle Smith, Programs Manager, Oweesta Corporation; Stephanie Cote, Programs Officer, Oweesta Corporation

Eligibility: Open to Public

Cost: Free to Attend

Registration: TBD

Contact: Stephanie Cote, Stephanie@oweesta.org

Description: The Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families Train-the-Trainer will offer a three day, state-of-the-art instructor training and certification program to help Native CDFIs, tribes, and other Native organizations establish and sustain financial education programs in their communities.

This three day training covers:

  • 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 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.

Update: Due to the recent developments on the domestic spread of the Coronavirus within the U.S., Oweesta is moving this training virtually.

The safety of our participants and staff are of the utmost concern to Oweesta during this time of uncertainty and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause in revisiting your travel plans, but we prefer to err on the side of caution for your ultimate safety.

May 17-21, 2021 ~ Virtual ~ Building Native Communities: Financial Coaching for Families ~ Open to Public

Training: Virtual Building Native Communities: Financial Coaching for Families

Date: May 17-21, 2021

Location: Virtual (Sponsored by Native Learning Center)

Trainers: Stephanie Cote, Programs Officer, Oweesta Corporation; Lanalle Smith, Programs Office, Oweesta Corporation

Eligibility: Open to Public

Cost: Free to Attend

Registration: TBD

Contact: Stephanie Cote, Stephanie@oweesta.org; Lanalle Smith, Lanalle@oweesta.org

Description: Please join us for Oweesta Corporation’s national training, Building Native Communities: Financial Coaching for Families! This 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; and Expand clients’ ability to find and evaluate the information needed to make financial decisions. This hands-on, interactive training 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, funded in part through the generosity of Rose Foundation, 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.

Update: Due to the recent developments on the domestic spread of the Coronavirus within the U.S., Oweesta is moving this training to a virtual setting.

The safety of our participants and staff are of the utmost concern to Oweesta during this time of uncertainty and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause in revisiting your travel plans, but we prefer to err on the side of caution for your ultimate safety.

Oweesta 2020 Webinar Schedule

December 1, 2020 ~ Opening Safely with Best Practices and Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) ~ Open to Public

Webinar: Opening Safely with Best Practices and Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Date: December 1, 2020

Time: 12pm MT

Eligibility: Open to Public

Cost: Free to Attend

Registration: Link HERE

Contact: Lanalle Smith, Lanalle@oweesta.org

Description: Join Oweesta for an informative webinar on how to reopen your business safely. Many individuals and communities rely on in-person services, and were affected by the closures. During this webinar, we will share best practices and CDC guidelines as well as strategies to prevent and reduce transmission of COVID-19. Register today to learn how to provide services to your customers while maintaining your community healthy.

December 2, 2020 ~ Access to Capital and Opportunities with Kiva ~ Open to Public

Webinar: Access to Capital and Opportunities with Kiva

Date: December 2, 2020

Time: 1pm-2pm MT

Trainers: Kiva

Eligibility: Open to Public

Cost: Free to Attend

Registration: Link HERE

Contact: Stephanie Cote, Stephanie@oweesta.org

Description: Join Oweesta in a webinar with Kiva as we share capital opportunities available to Native CDFIs. Kiva provides microloans of $1,000 – $15,000 at 0% interest to financially excluded entrepreneurs–primarily women, people of color, and low-income entrepreneurs–through crowdfunding. In addition, we’ll hear from First American Capital Corporation on their partnership with Kiva.

Learn more about how Kiva is facilitating several types of innovative partnerships with City Governments, Community Development Financial Institutions, and Business Support Organizations to promote microlending in geographies across the United States. Referral organizations connect small business owners with Kiva to crowdfund loans supported by risk-tolerant lenders. Trustees publicly vouch for small business owners to borrow money on the Kiva website, which accelerates the speed at which small businesses fundraise on Kiva. Hubs are local organizations interested in leveraging Kiva’s plug-and-play tool to expand capital access within a particular region, assuming the role of the anchor organization promoting collaboration among stakeholders – including Trustees. Community Foundation and banks can support the work of the Hub by contributing to a Managed Lending Fund which provides a 1:1 match for borrowers based on the priorities established by the Hub and funders, such as supporting women-owned businesses or entrepreneurs within specific zip codes or sectors. Register today to hear how crowdfunding can be a tool for promoting economic equality.

December 17, 2020 ~ Down Payment Assistance for Native Communities ~ Open to Public

Webinar: Down Payment Assistance for Native Communities

Date: December 17, 2020

Time: 1pm MT

Eligibility: Open to Public

Cost: Free to Attend

Registration: Link HERE

Contact: Krystal Langholz, Krystal@oweesta.org

Description: Oweesta and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (FHLB Des Moines) are partnering to present a webinar that promotes financial opportunities for Native families toward homeownership.

One of the greatest barriers to homeownership in Native communities is down payment assistance. We’re proud to present a solution during this webinar: the Native American Homeownership Initiative (NAHI). Through NAHI, more than $7 million in down payment assistance and closing costs have been distributed to help Native families purchase their homes.

We invite partners and friends at Native CDFIs, Tribal Housing Authorities, and Native non-profits to join Oweesta and FHLB Des Moines on December 17 at 1:00pm MT to learn more about:

  • Unlocking funding opportunities available to potential homebuyers
  • How financial institutions, Native communities, and CDFIs are partnering to increase lending
  • Navigating the eligibility and enrollment process to access grants for down payment, closing cost, or rehabilitation assistance

Speakers include:

  • Tawney Brunsch, Executive Director, Lakota Funds
  • Krystal Langholz, Chief Operating Officer, Oweesta Corporation
  • Jennifer Ernst, Community Investment Officer, FHLB Des Moines
  • Melody Dawe, Down Payment Products Manager, FHLB Des Moines
  • Cathy Papke, Mortgage Appraisal Specialist, Dakotah Bank

It’s through the generous and collaborative partnerships between financial institutions, housing organizations, and the Native community that we strengthen lending and finance homeownership.

CONTACT US

Oweesta Corporation
2432 Main Street, 1st Floor
Longmont, CO 80501
303.774.8838
info@oweesta.org

Oweesta is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

ABOUT OWEESTA

Oweesta is the only existing Native CDFI intermediary offering financial products and development services exclusively to Native CDFIs and Native communities. Specifically, Oweesta provides training, technical assistance, investments, research, and policy advocacy to help Native communities develop an integrated range of asset-building products and services, including financial education and financial products.

Asset-building tools stimulate reservation economies by providing tribal members the opportunity to acquire financial management skills and build and accumulate assets through small business creation, homeownership, education, and much more.

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