Education is a cornerstone for self-sufficiency and the long-term challenges facing Indian country.

Long-Term Solutions

Capacity Building

Our Capacity Building services equip our reservation partners who want to make a greater contribution to their communities. Capacity building supports expanded skills, expanded leadership, and/or expanded effectiveness of community resources and initiatives. PWNA has been testing and revamping our formal training service with reservation partners since 2012, resulting in a new service that is unlike any offered in Indian country. This new training is a direct result of feedback from our reservation partners about needs and next steps that will help them be more effective.

Our primary training service is the 4 Directions Development Program (4D), which is designed around a six-month cohort-based model. Participants commit to personal and professional development goals and work with keys/mentors and professional instructors for support in attaining their goals. Our first 4D cohorts completed in 2015, and PWNA is tracking the graduates’ progress after program completion.

Train-the-trainer (T3) is another six-month, cohort-based training service. This service targets cooks, cooks' aides, and local practitioners working in K-12, senior center, community program and healthcare settings with a responsibility for nutrition and wellness. T3 training covers healthy cooking, food as medicine and Native food history, as well as the skills to teach other members of the community and beyond.

Other capacity building focuses on emergency preparedness and asset mapping, to enhance community response in times of emergency. This service supports tribal communities in disaster planning, preparation and response strategies. Participants develop a plan detailing their community resources and gaps, and an organized response to specific types of emergencies. They also gain skills in CPR, First Aid and use of AAEDs.

PWNA offers Capacity Building services for partners in the Southwest and Northern Plains.