Financial Planning for Generation X & Y Women
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Native Public Radio Stations Help Rural Women Wi$e Up About Their Finances

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To list a Wi$eUp event in your community, pleaase send an e-mail to Include the title of the event, date, time, location and contact person with phone and e-mail address.

Sep 17, 2007
1 — Understanding Credit Scores
Credit scores, investments, diversifying — how much do you know about smart decisions when it comes to your finances? listen»
2 — Planning and Saving
Native women, now more than ever, need to navigate the world of banking, personal finances, and credit to take care of themselves and their family. listen»
3 — Understanding Financial Literacy
Homeownership, retirement, financial stability, making ends meet — in today's world, native women need to understand money management. listen»
4 — Money Management
Money management — making it to the next payday — where does the money go and how can you begin to save for the future? listen»
5 — Balancing Finances
Financial literacy — where does the dollar go? how can you save for the future? listen»

All women need to WiseUp about their finances and saving for the future. But how do you bring that message and resources to Native women who live on isolated reservations or in rural communities throughout the western US? First, you collaborate with Native Public Media an organization who oversees more than 30 public radio stations on tribal lands and whose purpose is to "promote healthy, engaged independent Native communities by strengthening and expanding Native American media capacity." Then you work with them to create financial messages by Native women that are aired on the local radio stations and promoted in other Native media. You also offer WiseUp classes in the communities so that grandmothers, mothers and daughters can learn about financial literacy together.

WiseUp is an online and classroom project funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Women's Bureau for Generation X and Y women to help them reduce debt and increase their savings and investments. For the past four years, this program has provided awareness and education through classes, conference calls and more than a million hits to their web site. Through an innovative project out of the Women's Bureau San Francisco office, WiseUp information will now be available to Native Women in locations served by Native Public radio stations.

Public Service Announcements (PSAs) were created using the voices of Native women who participated in a month long WiseUp class in Flagstaff, AZ hosted by Native Americans for Community Action and the Coconino County Career Center. These PSAs reflect the experiences of Native women who want to strengthen their lives and their families by understanding money, saving and investments. Then the PSAs became digital audio files that can be posted on various Native radio and community websites. Topics include understanding credit scores, planning and saving, understanding financial literacy, money management and balancing traditional life and finances.

Download all five PSAs to hear the messages and stories of Arizona Native women. Then take action today to change your financial present and future. Participate in the WiseUp online curriculum at or call the Women's Bureau San Francisco office at 1-415-625-2638 or the Seattle office at 206-553-1534 to find out about local programs in your community.