Categoriy Archives: Community Stories

“It’s like family”: ECA graduates tell their stories

It’s graduation season—the time of the year when years of hard work finally pay off for students with a walk across the graduation stage to receive their diplomas. It’s a time to celebrate perseverance and achievement, self-discipline and tenacity. Graduates everywhere pause to look back and reflect, and to cast their gazes toward the future.View Article >

“You could change somebody’s life”

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month. NAYA’s three foster care programs—Foster Care Support, Pathways to Adulthood, and Sibling and Family Visit Nights—reach local foster youth from birth to age 24, and birth and foster parents. Despite a very small staff and limited resources, NAYA currently works with 85% of the district’s 141 Native AmericanView Article >

What’s an IDA?

This month, we’ll be highlighting some of the asset building work that NAYA does with community. To begin, we’re highlighting an awesome resource called the Individual Development Account (IDA). NAYA’s IDA program provides matching dollars for program participants who save for asset-building activities like starting a business, funding education, or buying a house. IDAs areView Article >

10 Years, 10 Reasons to Attend NAYA’s Early College Academy Luncheon

Each spring, NAYA celebrates the accomplishments of our youth at the annual Early College Academy (ECA) Luncheon. Because this is the 10th anniversary of this inspiring event, we’re sharing 10 reasons why you should consider attending the luncheon on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. You’ll get to visit the NAYA campus firsthand. You’ll be introduced toView Article >

Chxi San Playgroup Provides Connection to Culture and Community

NAYA’s culturally specific early childhood programs are intended to wrap around whole families. From our WIC clinic that provides pre-natal supports to pregnant women to our Positive Indian Parenting classes, NAYA knows that whole families need to be engaged in order build the best foundation for our youth. One such program, the Chxi San Playgroup,View Article >

NAYA Microenterprise grad goes from bold idea to business owner

On its website, the Golden Saffron Company’s offer of “high-quality saffron spice and petals directly from the Pacific Northwest” seems perfectly aligned with Portland’s environmental conscious green marketplace. The North Plains, Oregon-business is led by third-generation sustainable agriculture farmer Tanya Golden, described on the website as a visionary. “From laying the foundations of the greenhousesView Article >

Historic Affordable Housing Project in Portland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Siletz Tribe, Native American Organizations Partner on Historic Affordable Housing Project in Portland PORTLAND, ORE. (Nov. 16, 2018) – A collaboration between the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), the Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest (NARA NW), Community Development Partners, and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians will createView Article >

News release – Celebrating first summer of Resurgence School

Native Youth and Family Center celebrates first summer of Resurgence School News release* 8/10/18 Portland, OR Above: Youth receive a lesson from Suzie Slockish at the salmon bake. On August 3rd, the Native American Youth and Family Center celebrated its final day of Resurgence School – an experimental, project-based summer program that helps youth developView Article >