"Workin' with Tradition" For Job Seekers of Native American Heritage
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WHO? The 10-session "Workin' with Tradition" program (updated 2013) has been designed in concert with Opportunity Link of Havre, MT, with input from area employers and from key individuals from a number of north central Montana tribes. The program targets job-seekers of Native American heritage who are experiencing challenges entering or succeeding in the workforce.
WHY? Strong soft skills have been closely correlated to job satisfaction, retention and promotion. Yet few soft skills programs accurately reflect the issues, concerns, and traditions of Native American employees, whose unemployment rate is many times the national average. As a result, these curricula have limited relevance to most Native American participants, and do little to help them prepare for successful job experiences on or off the reservation.
WHAT? "Workin' with Tradition" has been created as a culturally sensitive and appropriate training curriculum to:
1. Acknowledge the difficulties faced by Native Americans when they seek employment on or off the reservation; 2. Prepare job seekers for cultural differences encountered in many employment settings;
3. Explore the expectations of managers from within both the white and Native American cultures; and
4. Affirm the Native employee’s personal need to keep his or her tribal culture and indigenous identity intact throughout their working lives.
“Workin’ with Tradition” helps Native American job seekers find success with employers both on and off the reservation. Through realistic stories with culturally-relevant characters and thought-provoking activities, participants gain self-awareness, emotional self-control, and social skills in interpersonal problem solving. Download a program summary here.
Section 4: Handling Problem Situations Lesson 8 Planning & Time Management Lesson 9 Expressing Concerns Lesson 10 Logical Decision Making Closing Lesson
TestimonialsWorkin' with Tradition “I loved the training! The teaching styles and tools that Steve modeled and taught us will be highly useful in my job promoting and marketing the program in Montana. I really enjoyed the peer feedback and constructive criticism from fellow trainers in training and the instructor, Dr. Parese. I learned so much!”
Samantha R., Program Officer, Opportunity Link, Havre, MT
“I felt the material was excellent and well written to make it easy to present.”