Our mission is to enhance the diverse strengths of our youth and families in partnership with the community through cultural identity and education. As a vibrant community center serving members from 380 tribes, we are youth-centered, family-driven and Elder-guided.
Bottom Line for Portland
NAYA provides education, health, housing, economic development and engagement programs to everyone from babies to elders, impacting 10,000 people this past year. Responding to the pandemic March 16, we closed our buildings to the public and implemented a primarily remote workforce. We continue offering life-affirming services virtually to our community, including graduating seven students at our alternative high school, and delivering 2,000 meals and 100 food boxes each week to our Elders and families.
PTM Foundation and Portugal. The Man will match the first $2,500 donated to Native American Youth and Family Center. An anonymous donor will also match $1,000 in donations.
“We have benefited so much from NAYA. As our home community is not Portland, it can be easy to feel disengaged from our roots; NAYA keeps us anchored in our culture by providing us so many opportunities to enjoy it.” —Jalynne Geddes, Beardy’s and Okemasis Cree Nation