Announcing Youth Financial Education Curriculum and Resources
LONGMONT, CO. – First Nations Oweesta announced today the completion of an unprecedented collaboration with Freddie Mac to design a culturally-relevant Native youth financial education curriculum with a corresponding, interactive website and promotional videos. This new curriculum, specifically designed for ages 14-22, builds upon the Building Native Communities suite of financial education resources available from First Nations Oweesta Corporation and First Nations Development Institute. Over the course of 2019, Freddie Mac and Oweesta worked closely with a Native Youth Advisory Board that consists of Native leaders and financial educators to develop the Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Teens & Young Adults curriculum.
“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,” said Chrystel Cornelius, Executive Director of First Nations Oweesta. “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, and investing.”
This new curriculum includes a workbook and accompanying train-the-trainer program, three new videos, and a revamped website all designed to appeal to Native teens. The purpose of this Native Youth Initiative, undertaken as part of Freddie Mac’s three-year Duty to Serve plan, is to increase the liquidity of mortgage investments in underserved, very low-, low-, and moderate-income households.
“It is a crucial time for tribes to provide financial education to Native youth – specifically high school seniors – and we are excited to collaborate with First Nations Oweesta on this initiative,” said, Maheen Qureshi, Housing Outreach Manager with Freddie Mac’s Single-Family Business. “In Freddie Mac’s research on the rural population of Native Americans in reservation areas, Freddie Mac recognized a significant need for financial and homebuyer education for the large population of Native American youth in these areas.
“Oweesta is thrilled to release this engaging and culturally-relevant curriculum into our Native communities,” said Tawny Wilson, Programs Officer of First Nations Oweesta. “The resources and training that correspond with the new, youth-centered curriculum are fun and interactive for both the trainers and the participants, preparing future generations with the financial education to achieve their dreams.”