Categoriy Archives: Community Stories

Cully TIF District approved by Portland City Council

In 2018, a coalition of community-based partners in the Cully neighborhood approached Prosper Portland to explore the idea of creating a community-centered Tax Increment Finance (TIF) district that could lead to a new TIF model that centers historically underserved and underrepresented community voices in the design and decision-making process.   Native American Youth and FamilyView Article >

Honoring our Native American heritage

During National Native American Heritage Month we honor the gifts of our ancestors and celebrate our rich diverse cultures, traditions, and histories, while raising awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which Native Americans have worked to rise above these challenges. At NAYA,View Article >

PCEF grant funds NAYA’s Food Sovereignty Project

As part of Portland City Council’s approval of clean energy grants this spring, NAYA Family Center is receiving a $3.69 million, 5-year grant from the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund for renewable agriculture and green infrastructure. This significant infusion of funds will help NAYA realize its vision of creating a productive and welcoming spaceView Article >

Many Nations Academy is Community

The start of the school year for NAYA’s Many Nations Academy (MNA) is just around the corner, and we could not be more excited to welcome back returning students and to extend the invitation to new students! The school’s mission to promote inclusion, tolerance, and acceptance of all has attracted families and students from acrossView Article >

The NAYA Scholarship Fund—Changing Lives

With the rising cost of living, the idea of pursuing higher education can seem even more out of reach for many of our students. Having enough to cover tuition and expenses can prevent prospective students from taking that important step of going to college. With the community’s help, our students can realize their college andView Article >

The Many Nations Academy Class of 2022 

In an evening full of excitement, on June 10, six seniors walked across the stage to receive their diplomas at the Many Nations Academy (MNA) graduation ceremony. Congratulations, Class of 2022! Families, teachers and NAYA staff gathered to mark the special occasion, and we can’t say it enough—the community is so proud of these youth,View Article >

NAYA’s Early Head Start program reopens at Applegate Elementary School

Providing innovative and culturally-specific childhood programming is an essential part of NAYA’s mission to serve everyone from babies to elders. So, we’re excited to announce that NAYA’s Early Head Start program has reopened at Applegate Elementary School to help families and give kiddos a cultural “head start” on their educational journeys. “The classroom focuses itsView Article >

ARPA Grant Signals a Brighter and Safer Future at NAYA’s Campus

Establishing a permanent home for NAYA and our mission to serve Portland’s Native American community is a long-time dream. Thanks to the leadership of former Speaker of the House Tina Kotek, we are a huge step closer. $1.25 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds, aka ARPA funds, has been approved for NAYA campus upgradesView Article >