Author Archives: NAYA Communications

Summer Camp Volunteers Needed

We are looking to recruit volunteers to support our summer camps. It’s a great way to have fun, give back and support our youth this summer. SUMMER ASCEND June 29th- August 7th Monday-Friday, 9:30am-2:20pm Support high school students with subjects such as English and algebra. If you enjoy math and breaking it down in aView Article >

Double Your Dollar, Sustain Our Mission

  Our partners at Bank of America are generously investing in NAYA’s mission by matching all new monthly donations during the month of June. A $10 monthly contribution becomes $240 in annual support for our community. They’re matching up to $10,000 from monthly donor because they believe in sustaining our critical services. Will you seize this amazing opportunity, and becomeView Article >

Generations Needs You

In a decision that could potentially unravel three years of partnership and planning, Portland Public Schools’ Board of Directors at Tuesday night’s meeting failed to support Generations. The final decision to delay was over PPS’ contribution of $70,000 to the project. Generations is a NAYA-led intervention to stabilize the lives of Native American youth and familiesView Article >

Tana Atchley: Leadership is Citizenship

Tana Atchley is an enrolled member of the Klamath Tribes, and is Modoc, Paiute and Karuk. When she joined the first LEAD cohort in 2008-2009, she was the only cohort member to work for a state agency, serving as Advisor for Student Activities and Leadership Programs at Portland State University. “LEAD provided a great wayView Article >

Join Us For Comcast Cares Day

NAYA is partnered with Comcast for Comcast Cares Day, Saturday, April 25th. We work in partnership with Hands on Greater Portland to mobilize employees, families and friends to revitalize neighborhood parks, beautify schools, stock community food banks, install computer labs at community centers, plant trees, conduct food drives and much more. Join us Saturday, andView Article >

NAYA Takes the #Gen-I Challenge

Executive Director Matt Morton, Squaxin Island, is in Washington D.C., meeting with leaders from across the Native American community of the US through his involvement with Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO), a program that connects indigenous people to strengthen our leadership and self-determination. AIO connected with Jodi Gillette, Standing Rock Sioux, Senior Policy Advisor forView Article >

Merehuka: ECA Graduate, Giving Back

“I saw a job posted on the NAYA website, and I thought ‘that’s the exact position that helped me. I would love to help another ECA student that way.’” Merehuka Heta-Lane, Menominee & Ngai Tuhoe Maori, went to high school in New Zealand – sometimes. “I was in and out of school. The credits andView Article >

Tamika: “If I Can Do It, She Can Do It”

Tamika Perez, Apache & Cherokee, has been an Early College Academy student for a year and a half, after she was kicked out of her last school after being involved in violence. Tamika’s mother worked hard to give her what she needed as a child despite not graduating from high school. “My dad never hadView Article >

Daniel: ECA Graduate, College Student

Daniel Pavia-Herrera, Klamath & Shoshone, graduated from the Early College Academy in 2014. Daniel has been involved at NAYA for years, but began facing challenges in his schooling and took some time away. But thanks to our Summer Ascend Credit Recovery Program, Daniel was able to gain credits and catch back up.  After his successful summer, he became fully reengagedView Article >