The U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau is launching an effort to provide financial education to Native American women.
Beginning this month, the Women's Bureau, together with Native Public Media, community groups and local employment offices, will bring information to Native American women in Arizona and other states with a series of public service radio announcements and classes designed to increase financial literacy.
"The Women's Bureau is proud to be a catalyst for this unique collaboration with Native Public Media and Native communities," said Women's Bureau Director Shinae Chun. "By funding this project, we hope that more rural Native women will learn about the Wi$e Up financial literacy program, which can provide them with the tools they need to gain control over their finances and save for the future."
Since the Women's Bureau launched Wi$e Up in 2004, more than 3,500 women have participated and the program's Web site has received more than one million hits.
Under Chun's leadership, outreach for this program has been expanded to target the Native American community and others.
Toward that end, the bureau has joined forces with local partners including One-Stop Career Centers, community groups and Native Public Media's network of radio stations.
Classes at Sunnyside One-Stop Career Center in Flagstaff began on Sept.11. Classes are presented by Holly Figueroa of the Coconino County Career Center. The workshop continues from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27. Similar classes will be offered in coming months at other Arizona locations. The Sunnyside One Stop is located at 2304 N. Third St.
Space is limited. To reserve your space or for more information, contact the Career Center at (928) 522-7900.
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