Author Archives: NAYA Communications

Changes to SNAP for Able-bodied Adults without Dependents

Multnomah County released information about changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This will only affect ABLE-BODIED ADULTS WITHOUT DEPENDENTS. This will not impact many current participants, but we want to make sure you are informed of the new changes and updates.  See the announcement from Multnomah County’s Department of Human Services for detailedView Article >


ECA Students Perform “Reclaiming Our Voices”

Early College Academy (ECA) students stood proudly in front of 550 guests at the NAYA Gala to perform their group performance of Reclaiming Our Voices. Students were chosen for the performance through their involvement with NAYA’s youth advocacy program. Relationships with  students and their advocates helped develop conversations around identity, voice, and poetry. At first,View Article >


Welcome Fred J. Maahs

We are honored that our friends at Comcast are returning as NAYA Gala’s Potlatch sponsor. Comcast is dedicated to providing support to diverse and growing communities in which they provide services. This year,  Fred J. Maahs, Jr., Senior Director of Community Investment for Comcast, and Vice President of the Comcast Foundation, will be attending the gala toView Article >


Our Best Yet! NAYA Live Auction Line UP

The NAYA Gala’s 2015 live auction is packed with spectacular items that will excite all attendees, supporters, and art collectors. This will be our best year yet! World renowned Native artists such as Preston Singletary, Tony Hunt, Rose Anderson, and more will be featured, as well as experience packages that include relaxing getaways and anView Article >


Ted Wheeler to Emcee Live Auction

NAYA is honored to have Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler as the 2015 NAYA Gala live auction emcee. Ted served as the Chair of the Multnomah County Commission from 2006-2010, was appointed as State Treasurer in 2010, by then Governor Kulongoski, and was elected to a second full term in 2012. Ted cares deeply aboutView Article >


NAYA Gala Emcee Announced

NAYA is excited to announce Mr. Paul Lumley, Yakama, as the 12th Annual Gala emcee. Mr. Lumley is the Executive Director for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) and a citizen of the Yakama Nation, which is located in central Washington State. The work of Mr. Lumley has been extensive during his tenure atView Article >


Native Leader Makes Change

Walking in the doors as a NAYA client in 2005 Anna Allen, Shoshone-Bannock, was an at-risk youth seeking services to finish high school and make change in her life. Shortly after becoming a client Anna found herself facing homelessness, NAYA was there with supportive services to ensure Anna had her critical needs met. Anna recognizedView Article >


Community Partners Gift Scholarships

The Early College Academy (ECA) graduation was a time for celebrating the class of 2015 and awarding the first annual ECA Scholars Scholarship. More than $8,000 was presented to current ECA graduates and alumni from our generous partners with Wells Fargo, Oregon Lottery, and United Way Columbia-Willamette. Our partners recognize the disproportionate gap in higherView Article >


Youth Going to D.C. for National Conference

NAYA congratulates youth leaders, Josiah One Star, Sicangu Lakota/ Lyackson First Nation, Leticia Velasquez, Klamath/Modoc, Lanie Grimm, Kickapoo/Winnebago, and Lofanitani Aisea-Ball, Klamath/Modoc, for being selected to attend the first ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering. All four youth answered President Obama’s Generation Indigenous (#Gen-I) Native Youth Challenge. The four youth took on the #Gen-I challengeView Article >


ECA Students Thank You

  The 5th annual Early College Academy (ECA) luncheon was a success highlighting student speaker Jenni Pedro-Miguel and a musical performance by Allie Watchman, Diné, Austin Arthur, Warm Springs, Taron Rabbie, Warm Springs, and Cultural Arts instructor Carlos McNair, Klamath and Modoc Tribes. Our culturally-specific Indigenous curriculum supports students with an education that empowers youth to overcome barriers that leadView Article >