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Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)
Portland, Oregon is home to the 9th largest urban Indian community in the United States, half of whom live in deep poverty. NAYA aims to change that, along with the many accompanying economic and educational obstacles created by poverty, and social and racial injustice. "NAYA is a family of numerous tribes and voices who are rooted in sustaining tradition and building cultural wealth. We provide culturally-specific programs and services that guide our people in the direction of personal success and balance through cultural empowerment. Our continuum of lifetime services create a wraparound, holistic healthy environment that is Youth Centered, Family Driven, Elder Guided." NAYA's mission is "to enhance the diverse strengths of our youth and families in partnership with the community through cultural identity and education."