New Journey Shaped by Indigenous Values
Today is my last day as a NAYA Family Center employee, but not as a member of our community.
I am so blessed to have my professional and cultural journey shaped by such a wonderful organization. I was introduced to NAYA in my early 20s when it was still located on N. Mississippi Ave. I immediately knew there was something special about NAYA when I entered the building for the first time. There was a positive energy and culture clearly present and vibrant in the youth and staff in the building.
NAYA has been a part of some of the most defining moments of my professional and personal life. My cultural worldview has changed from being linear to circular and more relational thanks to our service model, and the community that thrives here. We’re so much more than an organization whose holistic programs improve the lives of thousands. We’re also a leadership pipeline and a family.
NAYA taught me how to be a leader, and not just a supervisor. I’ve seen NAYA develop many dedicated leaders who are now improving our region’s political, philanthropic, economic, and educational landscape.
I may be leaving NAYA Family Center’s walls, but its spirit and my lifelong friendships travel with me and will be guiding my vision.
Thank you to all the incredible supporters, staff, teammates, board members, partners, donors, and volunteers who have shaped my wonderful experience. I will continue supporting the incredible work that happens here in perpetuity and I hope you do as well.