First Nations Launches Education Effort for Native High School Student-Parents to Help Them Build More Secure, Financially Empowered Lives for Their Children

The First Nations Development Institute (First Nations), with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is launching a financial education project focused on supporting Native American students – who are also parents – achieve financial security for themselves and their children.

This three-phase project will run through August 2016 and be based at Gallup Central High School in McKinley County, New Mexico. Gallup Central High is an alternative school that serves a predominantly low-income population of mostly Native American students, many of whom come from families with inter-generational experience with poverty.

The project will use multiple modes of financial education to reach students in classrooms, through workshops and online. Participants in the initiative will benefit from financial resources including savings programs for both parents and their children, other asset-building strategies, and even referrals to workforce readiness or training.

To learn more about this initiative,click below:

First Nations Launches Education Effort for Native High School Student-Parents to Help Them Build More Secure, Financially Empowered Lives for Their Children

Program Contact:
Sarah Dewees, First Nations Senior Director of Research, Policy & Asset-Building Programs
sdewees@firstnations.org or (540) 371-5615

Media Contact: 

Randy Blauvelt, First Nations Senior Communications Officer
rblauvelt@firstnations.org or (303) 774-7836 x213


 About First Nations Development Institute

For 35 years, using a three-pronged strategy of educating grassroots practitioners, advocating for systemic change, and capitalizing Indian communities, First Nations has been working to restore Native American control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage or natural resources – and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native American communities. First Nations serves Native American communities throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.firstnations.org.

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.

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