HCA provides financial literacy for Hopi youth

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Pictured are the 2011 youth attendees showing off their certificates

Submitted photo<br> Pictured are the 2011 youth attendees showing off their certificates

Hopi Credit Association (HCA) is very proud to announce they have received a grant award for the second time from the Native Youth and Culture Fund which is sponsored by First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, Colorado. The $10,200 of grant funds received helps Hopi HCA to continue with their annual summer Youth Financial Literacy Camp.

For the past three years the camp has offered Hopi youth financial education through interactive activities that help them understand concepts such as building a healthy economy, budgeting skills, checking and savings accounts, and understanding credit. HCA's financial education curriculum is based on blending American culture with traditional Hopi-Tewa values. HCA believes that a financial education curriculum designed to teach Hopi-Tewa youth basic financial skills is the first step towards building assets and will lead to greater economic self-determination for the Hopi-Tewa people and community.

The camp was coordinated and presented by Alissa Charley, Financial Educator for Hopi Credit Association. Charley also invited the following guest speakers to help with the 19 hour training course: Stanford Lomakema - Budgeting in Hopi Culture, King Honani Sr. - Local Economy, and Virginia Sangster, Wells Fargo - Checking and Savings Accounts.

"Some of the activities included goal setting posters, where each participant developed their own personal goals for their future and creatively put them on poster boards to help remind them each day of what they are working towards. Budget activities included role playing where each participant developed a budget based on the lifestyle they dreamed to live and then they were given fictitious jobs, children and life situations that affected their ideal life style. Participants had to make decisions and change their budgets to fit their new situations. Participants were encouraged to speak to their families about what they learned each day and to pass the information on to their peers," said Charley.

The 2011 camp was held July 18 to 21. Each participant was between the ages of 14-18. Participants who completed the program received $50 to help them begin their own savings account. The 2011 youth attendees were: Dale Lomakema, Ciara Scott, Lori Honyaoma, Cheri Jean Joe, Mylee Dennis, Brittany Koiyaquaptewa, Bridgett Leslie, Adrian Balbin, Annalyssa Begay, Dominic Sinquah, Ashley Onsae, Malcolm Mowa, Alexis Kahe, and Ryan Sinquah

HCA provides on-going financial education to adults as well as youth. Each year classes are held for the general public or can be requested for a specific group or program. Financial education can also be provided on an individual basis. If you would like more information on the camp or to request for financial education, please contact Alissa Charley at (928) 738-2205.

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