NAFOA Academy

The Academy

About the Academy

The Academy is a one-of-a-kind program that offers three levels of coursework for Native youth to prepare and support their early career development. Levels 100 and 200 will be conducted online, and are free and open to eligible youth. Level 300 is the onsite NAFOA Leadership Summit. Academy students must complete Levels 100 and 200 to be eligible to apply to level 300.

Registration for Academy 100 & 200 begins on May 20, 2019.

Academy 100

Academy 100 is a two-week intensive course that allows participants to build foundational skills and develop resources critical to their career development. Academy 100 topics include resume and cover letter creation, tips for dressing professionally, personal finance basics, and cultivating a professional persona online.

Dates: Interested students must enroll and complete Academy 100 during one of the four available summer sessions:

  • May 27 - June 9, 2019
  • June 10 - June 23, 2019
  • June 24 - July 8, 2019
  • July 1 - July 14, 2019 (Bonus Session)
  • July 8 - July 28, 2019 (Bonus Session)
  • July 15, 2019 - July 29, 2019
  • July 22 - August 4, 2019 (Bonus Session)

Details: Academy 100 is comprised of 7 sessions that they must complete within a two-week period.

Academy 200

Academy 200 is a 35-40 hour self-guided program that provides further information about personal finance and career development. Participants will learn personal finance topics including core money principles, investing, and negotiating. Academy 200 also covers several industries and core business functions. Participants will engage in exercises that help inform their career path and shape their personal narrative.

Dates: Academy 200 will run from May 27, 2019 to August 8, 2019.

Details: Academy 200 is comprised of 8 sessions with each session taking approximately 3-5 hours to complete. Participants should plan for 35-40 hours to complete all Academy 200 coursework. Many of the exercises require self-reflection and self-assessment and time has been allocated accordingly to allow participants the opportunity to provide meaningful responses.

Prerequisites: Completing Academy 100 is highly recommended before starting Academy 200. Academy 100 and 200 are prerequisites for applying to Academy 300.

Academy 300 - The NAFOA Leadership Summit

Academy 300 is the NAFOA Leadership Summit which is open for application to eligible Native youth who have completed Academy 100 & 200. Successful applicants will enjoy a day of in-person programming that builds on the online curriculum. Following this program, participants will attend the NAFOA Fall Finance & Tribal Economies Conference.

Applications are due August 9, 2019.
Notification of acceptance by the end of August.

2019 NAFOA Leadership Summit
Dates: October 6, 2019

Fall Finance and Tribal Economies Conference
Dates: October 7-8, 2019
Location: Mystic Lake Casino, Prior Lake, MN


Scholarships for conference, accommodations and travel assistance are available for eligible Leadership Summit participants.

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The online NAFOA Academy is generously supported by Wells Fargo.