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Teaching Native Youth How to Budget and Save for the Future

April 29, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

To register, please click: ntv.bz/youth

Throughout history, Native Americans have been known for their ability to manage resources. Gathering enough food in one season to ensure they had plenty for the next and taking only the resources that were needed so plenty remained for future use. Learning, understanding and practicing resource management skills are just as important to our well-being today as they have been throughout our history. These skills must be adapted to modern times and passed onto our youth. They must learn how to manage resources such as money so they can learn to take care of themselves — to thrive from one season to the next.

In this engaging webinar taught by youth expert Camille Koster, you will learn how to help the youth in your community identify money as a tool to become economically self-sustaining and how to help them create a budget that will empower them to explore ways of spending money wisely and generating more money through entrepreneurship.

Topics that will be covered in the webinar include:

  • Money in Native culture
  • Developing a spending plan, also known as a budget
  • How to create short-term, mid-term and long term savings goals
  • Tips and tools for managing spending
  • Building resources through entrepreneurship at any age

The workshop will take place on Thursday, April 29th at 11:00 am Pacific / 12:00 pm Mountain / 1:00 pm Central / 2:00 pm Eastern. The workshop is free and open all entrepreneurs.

This workshop will be delivered online utilizing the Zoom platform. The workshop can be taken on computers and smartphones.

About our presenter:
Camille KosterCamille Koster (Cherokee) serves as the Youth Program Manager for the IDRS Acorn Project. Through the program, she teaches youth how to explore entrepreneurship and create side hustles which provides them the opportunity to make money while continuing to focus on their education . She has worked in youth development and in nonprofit for the last 18 years, both writing and facilitating camps across the nation. She has co-facilitated camps with the Drug-Free Communities National Initiative, Students Working Against Tobacco, Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health, ONABEN, the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and more. Camille dedicated five years of her youth development career as the Chief Operating Officer of Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma. She successfully assisted in one the largest youth entrepreneur programs as she helped build strategy and infrastructure for a cookie sale campaign that led to her local Council selling over 1 million boxes of Girl Scout Cookies in Eastern Oklahoma.

Camille is a United States Navy Veteran and is proud to have represented the Cherokee Tribe in the military. During the time she served, only 15.4% of the military was comprised of Native American members, likewise, only 4% were female members. She has a Masters Degree in Organizational Management. Camille lives in Jenks, Oklahoma, is married to a Firefighter and has three children.

This workshop is being funded in part by the USDA Rural Development, the Small Business Administration, and the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.


April 29, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT
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