Educating Our Youth
Our Native youth are our most valuable assets, so it is important that we educate them on the wise use of resources, including money. It is by investing in our youth that we will permanently break the cycle of poverty that Native communities have endured for generations. Several members of the Great Plains Asset Building Coalition realize this and have developed youth-oriented programs that instill the values of wise financial management.
Cheyenne River Reservation
Four Bands Community Fund facilitates, Making Waves, a reservation-wide program designed to replace poverty and unemployment with financial literacy and entrepreneurship. The program utilizes an easy-to-use curriculum with financial literacy and entrepreneurship lessons that teachers can incorporate into the four core educational areas.
Crow Creek Reservation
Hunkpati Investments’ Youth Workforce Development Program is a highly practical course equipping high school age youth with the skills they need to start taking on more responsibility. The six-session curriculum blends lectures and hands-on projects to assist youth in developing skills in financial management, budgeting, job applications, interviewing, and workplace expectations.
Pine Ridge Reservation
Lakota Funds facilitates a Youth Financial Literacy Program to help youth master their finances and build their entrepreneurial skills. Lakota Funds uses the Building Native Communities curriculum in the youth-oriented financial mastery classes and the Indianpreneurship curriculum in the youth entrepreneurship training program. The youth financial literacy and entrepreneurship classes have been taught at the G.E.A.R. U.P. (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) summer camp.