Categoriy Archives: Community Stories

Meet Freya

“I think that NAYA’s housing program is very important. I think it’s life-changing for some people. If you can get involved in the program and you know what’s happening and you have the right person, I mean, they’re really awesome. They’re really awesome. They’re very supportive.” -Freya Meet Freya, who shares her story from beingView Article >

Commemorating one year of COVID-19

A Message from NAYA Executive Director Paul Lumley This past month marked one year since the COVID-19 pandemic required us to quarantine for the safety and protection of our communities. Across social media, you may have noticed friends and family posting different ways they’ve commemorated these “Quar-Anniversaries.” We at NAYA thought it a good ideaView Article >

NAYA condemns anti-Asian bigotry and violence in Portland

The Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) wishes to extend this message of solidarity and support to our Asian-American relatives in Portland. NAYA further condemns recent incidents of anti-Asian bigotry, bullying, harassment, and violence in our community. In this past year, our city has seen long overdue conversations about racial and social justice finallyView Article >

Youth art addresses social justice

Throughout winter term at NAYA’s Many Nations Academy (MNA), students enrolled in the Cultural Arts class taught by Renae Menchaca, Pascua Yaqui/White Mtn. Apache, were encouraged to engage in difficult conversations on issues like racism, equality, missing and murdered Indigenous women, Indigenous issues, and pride as part of the class’s social justice art project. EncouragedView Article >

NAYA’s Year in Review

Together united, a community transformed. Watch our year-in-review video here. 2020 has been tremendously challenging year for each of us. We will be honest, when everything came to a standstill in early March, we didn’t know what NAYA’s future would be. Since then, each of us has learned to cope with all of the uncertainties theView Article >

KEEP graduates first cohort of parents

After 16 weeks of training, foster and kinship parents from The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde (Grand Ronde) graduated from the first NAYA KEEP group on November 25, 2020. KEEP was designed in partnership with the Oregon Social Learning Center to lessen foster youths’ trauma by providing foster parents with much-needed culturally specific information designedView Article >

NAYA Receives $5 Million Grant to End Homelessness

Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), the Portland-based organization, today announced it has been selected to receive a $5 million grant from the Day 1 Families Fund. Launched in 2018 by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, the Day 1 Families Fund issues annual leadership awards to organizations and civic groups doing compassionate, needle-movingView Article >

NAYA, ONAC deliver funding lifeline to small businesses

Last summer, the Portland City Council approved a plan to distribute $114 million in federal CARES Act relief to the community. City Council allocated $3 million to be awarded as block grants to community nonprofits targeting hard-to-reach entrepreneurs. NAYA, in partnership with the Oregon Native American Chamber (ONAC), was selected as a block grant recipientView Article >

Nesika Illahee wins Workforce Housing Awards 2020 Chairman’s Award

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Terwilliger Center for Housing has named Nesika Illahee, a 59-unit affordable housing development in Northeast Portland owned and developed by Community Development Partners (CDP) and Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), as the winner of its Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Awards 2020 Chairman’s Award. NesikaView Article >