Northwest Arkansas Workshop Schedule

CanopyNWA is working with Tyson Foods, EngageNWA and partner organizations to do FREE community education workshops that help connect newcomers with service providers and equip them to navigate community resources. FREE day care, food, translation services, and transportation to/from the events are available.

Please contact Jessica Garross at jessgarross@gmail.com or 214-502-7553 to register for any of the workshops listed below. See CanopyNWA’s website for more details.

Workshop 1

Topic: Regional Public Transportation

Date: September 29th 10AM- 11:30AM

Location: Ozark Literacy Council, Fayetteville

Objectives: Participants will leave the workshop with a thorough understanding of their options for public transportation in Northwest Arkansas such as bus services, biking, and walking trails.  They will understand how to access and utilize these transportation services by learning about the following topics; bus routes, schedules, costs, and useful phone apps, as well as bike and walking trail routes. Public transportation providers attending the workshop include Ozark Regional Transit and the City of Fayetteville.

Workshop 2

Topic: How to Help Your Child Succeed in School 

Date: October 27th

Location: Springdale

Objectives: Participants will leave the workshop with a thorough understanding of the resources available to assist them in helping their children succeed in school. Participants will learn about back to school nights, parent-teacher conferences, attendance policies, how to access school websites and administrators, how to set homework expectations, how to reinforce organizational and study skills, and how to get involved in their children’s classrooms.

Workshop 3

Topic:  How to Communicate with Important People in Your Community

Date: November 30th

Location: Bentonville/Rogers

Objectives: Participants will be connected with representatives from their city government and school districts. They will leave the workshop knowing the steps in which to take to communicate to these providers in the future.

Workshop 4

Topic: Parenting

Date: January 19th

Location: Fayetteville

Objectives: Participants will learn useful parenting tools such as effective communication, setting expectations, listening, and different forms of disciplining. Additionally they will understand how to access parenting resources in their community for future guidance.

Workshop 5

Topic: Accessing Government or Charitable Assistance

Date: February 16th

Location: Springdale

Objectives: Participants will gain a basic understanding of the government and charitable assistance resources available to them as well as how to effectively access and utilize them. Topics covered will include governmental assistance programs such as The Arkansas Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Arkansas Unemployment Insurance, Arkansas Medicaid Program, and Arkansas Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Additionally the workshop will cover charitable assistance programs and other assistance programs in Northwest Arkansas such as HARK.

Workshop 6

Topic: Understanding How to get a Loan

Date: March 9th

Location: Bentonville/Rogers 

Objectives: Participants will learn about loan service providers in their community and how to access them. They will learn the steps they need to take in order to take out a loan as well as the different types of loans available. Additionally they will learn about interest rates, credit scores, unsecured vs. secured loans, and how to avoid scams.

Workshop 7

Topic: How to Get Ready for Your Next Promotion at Work

Date: April 13th

Location: Fayetteville

Objectives: Participants will learn how non-traditional work experiences gained through life can translate to skills and behaviors necessary for job requirements and career progression. Topics will include a breakdown of the differences between skills, behaviors and experiences, and will include information on how to ask a supervisor for assistance with getting ready for a promotion. A representative from Tyson Foods will be invited to lead this workshop. Team Member spouses are welcome to attend to learn more about a career with Tyson Foods. A Tyson recruiter will be present for questions and answers.  

Workshop 8

Topic: Family Finances and Budgeting

Date: May 18th

Location: Springdale

Objectives: Participants will leave the workshop with a thorough understanding of how to access the family finances and budgeting resources available to them. The following topics will be discussed during the workshop: budget building resources such as phone applications and online tools, retirement planning, money saving tips, and how to prepare for unexpected financial costs.

Workshop 9

Topic: Understanding Your Rights Under The Law

Date: June 15th

Location: Bentonville/Rogers

Objectives:  Participants will learn about the service providers and resources in our community available to help them better understand their rights under the law. Participants will have the chance to ask service providers questions regarding their rights and will be connected to resources where they can gain further information and understanding.

Workshop 10

Topic: Furthering Your Education

Date: July 13th

Location: Fayetteville

Objectives: Participants will learn about furthering education opportunities available to them in Northwest Arkansas such as the University of Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas Community College, and trade schools. Participants will be informed on tuition costs, eligibility requirements, and application deadlines.