MURAL ARTIST: TOMA VILLA
DEAR FRIENDS, haʔɫ adsɫčil. (Welcome) On behalf of the board, staff, elders, and community of the NAYA Family Center, it is my sincere privilege to present our Fiscal Year 2012 Annual Report and celebrate the success of our Native American community! Since our formation by parents in 1974, a hallmark of the NAYA Family Center has been to embrace, adapt, and benefit from change. 2012 proved to be another dynamic year as we turned transition into an opportunity for growth: • Literacy among our Early College Academy students was on the rise, averaging three grade levels, and at the end of this last academic year, 100% of our participating graduating seniors passed the new Oregon state writing assessment required to earn their high school diploma. • Our impact expanded across the education continuum by offering two collaborative Head Start classrooms—our community has never before experienced this kind of access to early education. • Nine units of affordable housing were built this year for the purpose of serving the most vulnerable members of our community: elders, young mothers, and youth leaving the foster care system. This development represents the future of NAYA’s role in building strong partnerships to ensure high impact on persistent community need. The work of NAYA Family Center is transformative and inspiring. Over the last year, we again set high expectations for our community, and we watched them succeed! We created pathways out of poverty, helped families out of violence, reunited children with their parents, built beautiful, affordable housing, set our young children on a path to educational success, and graduated students at rates higher than ever imagined. We are proud for the opportunity to improve the lives of Native Americans in the four county region, and we’re excited to join other organizations as a full partner in creating a prosperous, educated, and healthy community. Over the last year, we provided nearly 91,000 service hours, advocated for students in 167 schools, and helped over 3,000 individuals access housing, energy assistance, and direct social services. Our high quality services are made possible through sound financial oversight, and I am pleased to share that we have maintained a modest administrative rate of 13.7% and an unqualified independent audit report. As an organization rooted in traditional indigenous values, we share our success with our community and supporters. The commitment and generosity of our donors, staff, board, and elders is truly inspiring, and we are honored to continue on as careful stewards of our community’s resources. ʔuťigʷicid čəɫ. (We thank you).
Squaxin Island Tribe Executive Director, NAYA Family Center
NAYA FAMILY CENTER The Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) located in Portland, Oregon, serves to enhance the diverse strengths of our youth and families in partnership with the community through cultural identity and education. Over 40,000 Native Americans live in Portland, the 9th largest urban Native American community in the United States. NAYA provides education, health and wellness and culturally-relevant programs to improve the lives of our youth, Elders and families. In FY 2011-2012 NAYA directly served 2,299 (unduplicated) children, youth, dedicating 90,878 hours of time. We estimate that our services indirectly impacted nearly 8,000 additional family members, nearly half of whom were children. 76% of those people served in the last year were people of color.
YOUTH & EDUCATION SERVICES The Youth and Education Services Department (YES) is made up of multiple programs designed to serve at-risk youth with culturally specific services that help students stay engaged in school and safe after school. The service goals are geared towards promoting academic achievement in core subject areas and music, art and athletics. YES programs also provide positive and consistent adult and peer role models for NAYA youth.
YOUTH ADVOCACY Youth Advocates help with homework, mentoring, college applications, financial aid and scholarship, college visits, and more. Youth Advocates help address the disparities in the educational outcomes of our youth through one-on-one, face-to-face interactions with our students, making sure they have the resources, relationships and advice they need to navigate high school and entering college.
CULTURAL ARTS & SERVICES CULTURAL RESILIENCY 81.14% of participants in cultural programming this fiscal year identified as Native American/Alaska Native/First Nations. The majority of participants took part in cultural/tribal crafts and Culture Night. Tribal craft participants worked on a variety of projects last year, including jewelry making, graphics, pottery, mixed media, beading, drum making, moccasin making, painting, quillwork, and sculpture.
NAYA EARLY COLLEGE ACADEMY Approximately 100 students attended the Early College Academy during the 2011â€“2012 school year. In 2012, 90% of 12th-grade students graduated.
651 Youth directly served by YES. 1,397 Youth indirectly served. 385 Youth were matched with youth advocates. 1,540 People impacted by cultural arts services. 118 Participants performed in / attended a cultural event.
YOUTH ACHIEVES SUCCESS ON PATHWAY TO COLLEGE Ruben Joe enrolled into NAYA’s Early College Academy as a sophomore. Through NAYA, Ruben was connected with a Youth Advocate, who tackled his needs and challenges alongside him. With the help of a scholarship and the support of his Youth Advocate, Ruben signed up for an electrical engineering class with Saturday Academy. After successfully completing his class, Ruben applied for the Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering (ASE) Program with Saturday Academy, a summer program with a tough application and selection process. After writing numerous essays and submitting his application, Ruben was interviewed by three different mentorship organizations and all three accepted him! He chose to work with Bonneville Power Administration because of his desire to study and eventually graduate in the electrical engineering field. Ruben successfully completed his apprenticeship with Bonneville Power, which was no small feat as he was an incoming junior in high school working 40 hours a week for his entire summer. Following that successful summer, Ruben enrolled in the Academy of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (ACE). There, Ruben has been able to take and excel in advanced math and science courses that will help him on his journey to college and beyond. He also got involved in the Indigenous Ways of Knowing Summer Academy, a week-long SAT prep course held at Lewis and Clark College, which helped him achieve high scores on his SATs. With the help of the College and Career Center Coordinator and his Youth Advocate, Ruben applied for Oregon State University and Portland Community College, in addition to seeking several scholarships. Ruben Joe started college at Oregon State University in October, 2013. NAYA invests in its youth—like Ruben—because they will one day be the parents and mentors of future generations. NAYA has been a part of Ruben’s life for several years, and along with the dedication of his family to his future, he has accomplished a lot on his path to college.
COLLEGE AND CAREER SERVICES NAYA offered services designed to help students reach college and attain employment. This includes Academic, Education and Life Skills classes, our Career Skills Development program that teaches interviewing and resume-building among other skills, and Pathways to Adulthood, a program that helps foster children who are about to “age out” of the child welfare system integrate into adulthood.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT The Community Development departmentâ€™s goal is to reduce poverty in the Native American community through asset-building programs such as microenterprise, homeownership, career skills development, rental assistance, and energy assistance. A huge component of all of these programs is our Financial Wellness program, which teaches community members skills to be financially healthy utilizing traditional cultural values and perspectives. Community Development participants also have access to Individual Development Accounts, matched savings accounts connected to participant goals, such as post-secondary education, buying a home or starting a small business.
HOMEOWNERSHIP Homeownership rates in Portlandâ€™s Native American community are still far lower than the white community. Through programs that match savings and provide subsidies, participants in our Homeownership program are enabled to become homeowners. Our annual Native American Homeownership Fair connects potential homebuyers with the resources they need to navigate the process.
CAREER SKILLS DEVELOPMENT (CSD) Career Skills Development offers services for Native American youth and adults seeking to increase their skills, tools, and knowledge to achieve career success. Coaches support participants to identify their career goals, explore opportunities, update job-seeking materials, and connect with training and employment resources. Services can be obtained through the on-site Career Skills Access Center, individual coaching, group classes and through the off-site Community Works Project. In 2012 NAYA launched The Community Works Project a partnership between the Department of Health Services (DHS) and six community-based organizations: Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), Human Solutions, Catholic Charities/El Programa Hispano, Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI), and Urban League. This unique collaboration provides participants in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program with a more culturally responsive and supportive service model. TANF participants are referred to CWP for one-on-one assistance with their job search. The program also assists participants in skill building, work experience, and subsidized work. CWP offers classes on such topics as resume and cover letter writing to provide the community with a qualified workforce to pursue lasting careers. Through the Green Careers Training Project, CSD participants were connected industry specific training, stability services and career coaching and placement in environmentally sustainable industries, such as weatherization, solar energy and construction.
1,201 people served by Community Development department. 349 single mothers served by CD. 83 participants in the Homeownership program. 306 people attending the 2011 Housing to Homeownership Fair, 352 people served by Career Skills Development program. 214 people obtained job or higher paying jobs. 45 people completed training in Green Careers Training Program.
A NEW WAVE OF NATIVE ENTREPRENEURS Deanna Wohlgemuth, Cherokee, used her talents as a jewelry maker to teach kids how to wire wrap stones years before NAYA moved from N. Mississippi to its current location. After 15 years in marketing and sales, Deanna decided to pursue her jewelry-making hobby as a full-time vocation. She enrolled in NAYA’s microenterprise program in 2010 and attended the comprehensive 7-week small business class, “Expanding Your Future,” where she learned how to achieve success as a small business owner. Soon, Deanna started her own small business called Rock On Jewelry. Using her talents as a jeweler, Deanna embarked on this new venture by making and selling earth-friendly jewelry from recycled, reclaimed, and salvaged material. Deanna emphasizes “earth friendly” by refusing to use stones that have been mined. As Deanna achieved success with Rock On Jewelry, she became interested in the thriving and vibrant food and beverage cart industry in Portland. As the owner of a 1965 Airstream, Deanna dreamed of converting it into a traveling vintage bar. She made her dream a reality and started Tin Cantina out of her little trailer. Deanna now travels throughout Oregon with two vintage trailers providing beverages and food service for company parties and weddings, in addition to offering campers the opportunity to rent a trailer to enjoy “glamorous camping.” She sells her custom jewelry in an office on wheels. As a do-it-herself Native entrepreneur, Deanna exemplifies the hard work and commitment NAYA’s microenterprise program expects of its clients. In turn, participants represent a new wave of Native entrepreneurs who are using small business to provide for their families and, indirectly, to serve as a catalyst for economic growth in Indian Country. To learn more about Tin Cantina, please visit tincantina.com
MICROENTERPRISE The Microenterprise program served a total of 30 participants during the 2011-2012 fiscal year for a total of 188 hours of one-on-one coaching, 50% of this time was spent on business plan development. One-on-one coaching also provided microenterprise participants with services for marketing and sales, budgeting, research, referral, site visits, and more. The program provided Small Business Classes to 26 participants for a total of 183 hours of classroom time.
FAMILY SERVICES Our Family Services department provides services designed to strengthen family and community ties. We provide assistance to victims of domestic and sexual violence, Native American children in foster care and their caregivers, and Native American elders. Services provided include early childhood education, Healing Circle domestic violence intervention, foster care support and in-home reunification, parent engagement (including Positive Indian Parenting classes), a Chxi San playgroup for young children, and Elders services including free lunches for community Elders and a wellness program. Through direct participation in Family Services programming, an estimated additional 3,321 family members of participants were impacted by these services, 52% of whom were under 18 years of age.
FOSTER CARE SUPPORT Our Foster Care program assists youth and families that participate in state or Tribal foster care systems. In the last year, foster care youth aged 0-24 years old received 8,059 hours of case management time. Case management activities included case planning, cultural enrichment & outdoor services / activities, family processing / support, and staff training, continuing education that directly benefitted foster care participants.
HEALING CIRCLE Our Domestic Violence prevention and intervention program runs the gamut of domestic violence intervention and prevention, from immediate crisis intervention, thorugh creation of safety plans, help in securing stable housing, and assistance in moving from unstable and crisis situations to stabilization of living situation.
PARENTING & CHILD DEVELOPMENT The Parenting & Child Development program provides family services to and advocates on the behalf of children and parents participating in Head Start. This program provided 5,939 hours of service to participants during the 2011-2012 Fiscal year. 44% of participants lived in a family of a single mother, and 9% lived in a Foster Family. More than half of participants were under 24 years of age.
301 people served by Foster Care Support. 887 people served by Family Services this year. 142 people served through Parenting + Child Development. 125 families directly served by Healing Circle. 246 children indirectly served through Healing Circle. 46 completed safety plans in the last year.
ELDER ACCESSES HOLISTIC HEALTH SERVICES FOR BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE NAYA takes care of its Elders, and our Elders take care of our community. “I want to pay tribute to NAYA for treating their elders so well. I’d be lost without a respectful place to come and participate in community,” says Larry Dauphinais, a respected elder in the community. Larry is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians from North Dakota. He has participated in many wellness services provided by the NAYA Family Center. His favorite program offered is Tai Chi, where he can join his peers in physical and mental health three days a week. Alongside his classes, he takes walks around the ponds behind NAYA. “Spirituality to me is going on walks around the ponds and seeing the leaves change color, the animals, and what creator has given us.” Larry and other elders access free health screenings at NAYA, as well. We offer monthly blood pressure, weight, and sight check-ins. Larry also used this time to ask questions around his overall health and talk to a registered nurse about concerns and preventative care. “Every time I come to NAYA, I’m fed a nutritious meal. This is great for people who live alone, like me, and don’t often cook.” Eating balanced meals is valued at the NAYA Family Center, and Larry has been taking full advantage of this service. He enjoys his time spent eating lunch in the Elder’s Room while sharing news and information about upcoming events and opportunities. Larry also serves on the Portland Youth and Elders Council (PYEC) on Poverty Reduction.
PORTLAND YOUTH AND ELDERS COUNCIL PYEC is a grassroots advocacy group that came into existence in 2004 as part of a regional effort to work on a community-generated strategic plan to reduce poverty in urban American Indian/Alaska Native communities. Through the practice of traditional values, the Youth and Elders Council continues to address poverty and other community issues by focusing on community solutions in four strategic areas: Community Engagement, Stable Housing for the Portland Native community, Economic Security, and Education. PYEC has been vigorously advocating for recognition of Native American history in Portland parks and trails systems since 2005. Today, we are seeing the hard work of community-driven efforts materializing through the development of a tribal plant gathering area, conveniently located for tribal people who utilize services at NAYA Family Center, to gather culturally important plant materials. A unique characteristic of this park is that it once served as a site where waste construction materials and refuse were safely disposed of. The new site is a signature project for the Native community with the potential of being replicated in other public parks and open spaces around the region. The community organized a ground blessing ceremony at the site, possibly the first time that this has happened in our parks system.
PROFILE OF A COMMUNITY CHANGE AGENT: SHAWNA ZEIRDT Shawna Zeirdt has been instrumental in designing and developing a special place that will create access to indigenous plants and traditional first foods of the local tribes, while also creating educational opportunity. This past year, NAYA has been truly blessed by her resolute and heartfelt contributions. A Cow Creek Band of Umpqua tribal member, Shawna came to NAYA in her senior year of study at Portland State University. Shawna, working with PYEC, has led community members in healing a former landfill that has not been put to good purpose for many years. We are returning the land to her original design and restoring cultural assets in the neighborhood. She believes that this area of land — even though it was mistreated — deserves just as much of our commitment and energy as any other. “Moving forward sustainably requires us to go back and fix past degradation,” says Shawna. “This is a story of reconciliation and healing. This healing work is essential for both the land and ourselves.” Today, Shawna has graduated PSU with a degree in Social Science having studied the intersections between community health, sustainability, and culture. She serves as the Community Liaison for the Tribal Gathering Garden at Cully Park, a member of the Native American Community Advisory Committee to Portland Parks and Recreation, and a member of the Portland Youth and Elders Council. She also teaches gardening classes to Native families through Wisdom of the Elders.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND VOLUNTEERISM NAYA engages the community with a focus on leadership development, coalition building, networking and strengthening advocacy to improve the lives of Native Americans in these priority areas – Education, Employment, Housing and Health Equity.
OREGON LEAD PROGRAM The Oregon LEAD Program is a unique indigenous-based leadership development program that builds the capacity of emerging Native leaders for systemic change to benefit the lives of Native American children and families. Addressing the leadership gap that currently exists in our community, the LEAD program works to create a pipeline to leadership opportunities and strengthen relationships between emerging and established Native leaders. Twenty emerging Native leaders were selected to participate in this year-long educational and leadership development experience. This year’s LEAD cohort members were between the ages of 22–41 and represented 18 Tribal affiliations. The LEAD Program is part of a larger effort championed by the Coalition of Communities of Color and funded by Meyer Memorial Trust to organize, network, and develop pathways for greater social inclusion, build culturally specific social capital, and provide leadership within and outside of communities of color.
MURAL ARTIST: TOMA VILLA
DONATIONS CORPORATIONS & ORGANIZATIONS Administration for Native Americans
Immigrant and Refugee Community
Oregon Family Support Network
The Kirk Group
Albina Youth Opportunity School
Oregon Health & Science University
The Regence Group
American Indian College Fund AmericanIndianCouncilofArchitects&Engineers
Oregon Health Authority
IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
Oregon Housing & Community Services
Tollycrafters Northwest Boating Club
Oregon Native American Chamber
Janus Youth Programs
Oregon State Bar
Joseph E. Holloway & Associates LLC
Oregon State Lottery
Truist Altruism Connected
Asst. Dean for Inclusion Reed College
Juan Young Trust
Oregon State Sexual Assault Task Force
United Way of the Columbia-Willamette
Jubitz Family Foundation
Oregon State University Office of
University of Oregon
Bank of America
Community and Diversity
University of Portland
Bank of the West
Kaiser Permanente Corporation
Oregon State University Native American
US Bancorp Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Karen St. Clair, LCSW
Bill Healy Foundation
Kohnstamm Family Foundation
Oregon University System
US Department of Education
Bonneville Power Administration
KVCR Educational FDTN
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP
US Department of Housing and Urban
Bonnie Kahn’s Wild West Gallery
OSU Office of Community and Diversity
Brim Investment, Inc.
Lane Powell PC
OSU Office of Inclusion & Diversity
US Department of Justice
Capital Pacific Bank
US Forest Service
Lewis & Clark College
Pacific Power Foundation
USDA Forest Service
Carleton Hart Architecture
Long Law, P.C.
Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program
Cascade AIDS Project
McKenzie River Gathering Foundation
Cascade Design Professionals, Inc.
Metro Regional Government
Parkrose School District
W.K. Kellog Foundation
Chehalis Indian Tribe
Meyer Memorial Trust
Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon
Walsh Construction Co.
Chief Lighthouse Charley’s LLC
Morrison Child & Family Services
Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
Warm Springs Community Action Team
Chinook Winds Casino Resort
Multnomah County Department of
Penney Family Foundation
Warner Pacific College
City of Portland
Clean Energy Works
Multnomah County Department of County
Western Oregon University Foundation
Planned Parenthood of the Columbia-
Columbia Regional Program
Multnomah County Health Department
Wilshire United Methodist Native
National Center for American Indian
Portland Association of Teachers
American Fellowship Women
Community Development Financial
Portland Children’s Levy
Wisdom of the Edlers, Inc.
National Indian Child Welfare Association
Portland Community College
National Indian Women’s Health
Portland Community Reinvestment
YMCA of Columbia-Willamette
Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde
National Urban Indian Family Coalition
Portland Development Commission
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla
Native American Rehabilitation Association
Portland General Electric Foundation
Native Americans in Philanthropy
Portland Housing Bureau
Cooper Zietz Engineers, Inc.
Portland Public Schools
Coquille Indian Tribe
Native Urban Indian Family Council
Portland Schools Foundation
Credit Association of the Pacific Northwest
Native Wellness Institute
Portland State University
David Douglas School District
Portland State University
Davidson’s Benefit Planning LLC
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Nena Cook for Oregon Supreme Court
Diversity & Inclusion
New Avenues for Youth
E C Company
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Providence Health & Services
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Ely Lilly & Company
Emmanuel Community Services
NIKE, Inc. Native American Network
Northwest Area Foundation
Raphael House of Portland
Northwest Evaluation Association
First Nations Development Institute
Northwest Health Foundation
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
Northwest Indian Veterans Association
Regional Arts & Culture Council
Four Directions Counseling Center
Northwest Natural Gas Company
Reynolds School District
GISI Marketing Group
Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board
Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust
Global Giving Foundation
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
Gray Bear Construction Company
NW Events & Promotions
Senn Systems, LLC
Guardian Management LLC
Office of Mayor Sam Adams
OHA Office of Multicultural Health & Services
Skanska USA Building, Inc.
Hamilton Construction Company
OHSU Center for Diversity & Inclusion
Spirit Mountain Casino
Healthy Happy Now Natural Medicine LLC
OHSU Coastal Margin Observation &
Stand for the Children
Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP
State of Oregon Department of Education
Hoffman Construction Company
Hollywood Senior Center
OnPoint Community Credit Union
State of Oregon Office of the Governor
Housing Authority of Portland
Oregon Association of REALTORS
Oregon Child Development Coalition
Human Rights Commission
Oregon Community Foundation
The Boeing Company
Oregon Department of Human Services
The Greenbrier Companies
Oregon Department of Justice
The Jackson Foundation
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Chanel La Chappa
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M Kathlyne Nussbaumer Kallie Seifert
Sergio Alvarez Lopez
Thomas Aschenbrener Elizabeth Crane
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Lea Ann Holder
Karen St. Clair
Darlene St. Clair
Lisa Reed Guarnero
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Contracts, Grants & Contributions
Rental Income (Sawash)
Youth and Education Services
NAYA Early College Academy
Sawash Affordable Housing
Management and general
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NAYA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MICHELLE OSBORNE
RENEE RANK IGNACIO
Nike, Inc. Colville Chair
McMenamins Klamath Vice Chair
MARY KAY EAGLE STAFF
Government Specialist Lokata, Northern Arapaho, Northern Cheynne Secretary
PEGGY C. ROSS
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Tribal Council Grand Ronde Grand Ronde
KAREN ST. CLAIR
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