The Native American Youth and Family Center was founded by parent and Elder volunteers in 1974, and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1994. Throughout our history, we’ve sustained our diverse traditions while expanding and modernizing our programs and services to meet the needs of our people. We serve self-identified Native Americans, infant to Elder, from across the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area.
In 2014, we celebrated our 40th year of bringing our community together to sustain tradition and provide mutual support. Read our special edition newsletter, “Celebrating 40 Years of Service” to learn more.
NAYA Family Center strives to fulfill its mission: “to enhance the diverse strengths of our youth and families in partnership with the community through cultural identity and education.” As an urban Indian agency, NAYA Family Center impacts the lives of over 10,000 individuals from over 380 tribal backgrounds annually.
We believe that traditional cultural values are integral to regaining sovereignty and building self-esteem. NAYA Family Center values respect for the environment, places the larger community before the individual, and involves elders. We promote healthy living through positive alternatives to high-risk behaviors, and we promote the values of sobriety, family stability, culture, active lifestyles, and education.