The Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA)
announced that the organization was awarded a federal grant to expand its
educational initiatives today. The grant was awarded by the Administration for
Native Americans (ANA) in a competitive review process. The grant will be
used to develop the Native American Financial Leaders Academy (NAFLA), a career
preparation program for Native American, Alaska Native, and Native
Hawaiian college students.
NAFOA’s goal is to “build the next generation of Native
American financial leaders.” NAFLA will give students the professional and
analytical skills required to secure business internships and be
successful in financial careers. NAFOA recognizes that it is these future
leaders who must be prepared to build, sustain, and protect tribal assets for
future generations of Native people.
NAFLA will be a year-long experience to fast-track Native
college students into business careers. Students will participate in an
intensive professional development curriculum to discover their career
interests and understand the importance of business for Native
communities. Students will create a career road map, work one-on-one with
a career mentor, participate in skill-building seminars, complete assignments,
network with future employers throughout the year, and learn about successful
economic development models in Indian Country. The program will culminate
with students applying to and securing internship positions at tribal,
corporate, government, and non-profit organizations.
The ANA two-year grant is part of the Social and Economic
Development Strategies (SEDS) to improve economic conditions in tribal
communities. The NAFLA program builds on NAFOA’s existing educational
initiatives including a college scholarship program and a business boot
camp for high school students in partnership with the Leadership Education and
Development Programs (LEAD) at Dartmouth College, Duke University, Stanford
University, and the University of Pennsylvania.
NAFOA is hiring for the following positions related to the
ANA Grant. Please visit their website for more information.