Participants in an event on Saturday in Opelousas will have an opportunity to discuss obstacles that are preventing them and their communities from building assets and gaining personal wealth.

The free advocacy training and listening session will be at 9 a.m. at the Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives at 1209 Diesi St.

The event is sponsored by the Center for Rural and Small Business Development in the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center and Louisiana Building Economic Security Together.

Participants also will be trained on ways to advocate in support or against laws that directly affect social protection programs for low-income families.

Registration can be completed by contacting LaKeeshia Giddens at (225) 771-2160 or Eual Hall at (225) 771-4105.

LABEST is a collaboration of grass roots, nonprofit and advocacy organizations, policy makers, community leaders and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Their goal is to help a broad population of Louisiana residents achieve financial independence.