For forty years, the Native American Youth and Family Center in Portland, Oregon, has worked to enrich the lives of our Native youth and families through education, community involvement, and culturally specific programming. Our mission is to enhance the diverse strengths of our youth and families in partnership with the community through cultural identity and education.

NAYA Family Center offers a holistic set of wraparound services designed to create stability in the lives of our youth and families. We provide educational services, cultural arts programming, and direct support to reduce poverty to the Portland Metropolitan Area Native American community. The Relational Worldview Model is the fundamental lens and perspective through which NAYA provides all of its programs and services to individuals, families, and the community.

The Relational Worldview Model is derived from the concept of balance and holistic thought process of Native people as the basis for health. Life is made up of the four elements of existence—mind, body, spirit, and social context. Visually, this concept is shown as a circle with four quadrants. NAYA has adopted the view that individuals can be assessed and treated most effectively when all the elements of their life are considered.

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As a social service agency and community center, NAYA Family Center serves the community with a diverse array of programming to meet the needs of everyone within it—from youth to elders.