As NAYA’s premier leadership program, LEAD participants have the opportunity to take part in a year-long curriculum that develops leadership and professional skills. Networks and relationships are deepened in monthly trainings and workshops as cohorts expand their ties to community and each other by learning from Native professionals different styles of leadership, community organizing, communication, advocacy, fundraising and organizational management.
LEAD professionals are the future leaders in Oregon who will advocate for the improved lives of Native American children and families. Participating in a culturally relevant experience, LEAD participants work closely with a mentor and have hands-on learning experiences that can be applied to important work done in our community. LEAD participants hail from a variety of Native American supportive organizations and agencies; National Indian Child Welfare Association, Oregon Food Bank, Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission, Portland State University, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, OHSU, and many more.