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Toksali SMART Program

This program provides workforce training and experience to youth ages 14 to 21. Creating a SMART Workforce, the Toksali (to work) SMART (Successful Mindsets with Attitude and Readiness for Tomorrow) program encourages students to develop productive work patterns and behaviors in real-world environments. Innovative partnerships with a variety of community resources provide youth with meaningful job experiences, strengthening the community workforce.

Experiences may include job shadowing, mentoring, leadership opportunities, job training and more.

Paid training sessions are provided as part of the program.

Worksites are located both within the Chickasaw Nation and local communities.

SMART Benefits:

  • Earn wages while performing on-the-job training
  • Attain work experience while exploring career opportunities
  • Gain exposure to a variety of training
  • Developed confidence, competence and workplace skills in a real-world environment
  • Experience a variety of trades based on future goals and interests

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All required documents should be submitted before applications are considered. Incomplete applications are not eligible.

First-Time Applicants:

  • Chickasaw citizenship card with photo or government issued photo ID
  • Social Security card
  • Letter of acknowledgement from Selective Service or signed request form to receive number from Selective Service (male applicants, ages 18 and older)
  • Document displaying current GPA (report card, progress report or transcript)
  • Verification of residence (rent receipts, utility bills, etc.)
  • Completed I-9 (tax form instructions)
  • Completed OK-W-4
  • Completed direct deposit form OR pay card form (choose one)
  • Signed participant consent form

Returning Applicants:

  • Letter of acknowledgement from Selective Service or signed request form to receive number from Selective Service (male applicants, ages 18 and older)
  • Document displaying current GPA (report card, progress report or transcript)
  • Verification of residence (rent receipts, utility bills, etc.)
  • Completed I-9 (tax form instructions)
  • Completed OK-W-4
  • Completed direct deposit form OR pay card form (choose one)
  • Signed participant consent form

Eligibility

  • First-time applicant: Chickasaw citizen
  • Returning applicants: Open to any member of a federally recognized tribe who participated in 2019, with Chickasaw preference
  • Be between the ages of 14 and 21 before beginning employment training
  • Reside within the Chickasaw Nation boundaries

Other Information

Training topics include:

  • Chickasaw Nation Core Values
  • Chickasaw Language
  • Financial Literacy
  • ACT Prep
  • Job Skills-Academic Assistance/Tutoring
  • Future Employment Opportunities
  • Assistance with Job Placement
  • Character/Leadership Development
  • Mentoring
  • Wellness/Nutrition
  • Occupational Skills Training
  • Customer Service
  • Leadership Development Opportunities
  • Supportive Programs/Services
  • Higher Education
  • Cultural Experiences

Service Area

Chickasaw Nation Residents

This service is available inside the Chickasaw Nation's boundaries

Locations

Toksali SMART Office - Ada
1001 N. Country Club Road, Suite 800
Ada, Oklahoma 74820

(580) 310-9240

Toksali SMART Office - Ardmore
2341 N. Commerce
Ardmore, Oklahoma 73401

(580) 310-9242

Toksali SMART Office - Purcell
1430 Hardcastle Blvd.
Purcell, Oklahoma 73080

(580) 310-9241

Toksali SMART Office - Tishomingo
815 E. 6th St.
Tishomingo, Oklahoma 73460

(580) 387-2780