NAYA Family Center invites you to join us for Native Professionals & Friends Night, an evening of delightful conversation, delicious appetizers and refreshments on Thursday, May 23rd, from 6 to 8 pm at the Legacy Emanuel Atrium (501 N Graham St., Portland).
We recognize the importance of bringing people together to share experiences and the value of expanding our networks by meeting new people. Our intent is to generate deeper connections and conversation among Native professionals and our extended community.
Portland is the 9th largest urban Native American community in the country, and we have many Native professionals who work in various sectors.
All are welcome to build connections with Portland’s Native community! (Ages 21+ only.) A suggested donation of $25 at the door will benefit NAYA Family Center. For more information, contact Lai-Lani Ovalles at (503) 288-8177 extension 213 or lailanio(at)nayapdx(dot)org.
NAYA Early College Academy alumna Jenny Monteverdi (Siletz) has seen how generational trauma and the lack of mental health services have affected her family and the Native American community. When she first entered college after her high school graduation, Jenny struggled to continue in the pursuit of her degree due to these challenges. However, with the support of our new youth program Sunrise EAST (Education and Skills Training), Jenny is now at Clackamas Community College working on an associate degree in human services; she is also looking for a summer internship to help her gain experience in her field.
“College has helped me gain confidence and address my fears,” shares Jenny. Sunrise EAST prepares youth ages 16–21 years old for successful careers through continued education and work-based learning.
For more information about Sunrise EAST, contact Career Skills Development Coach Nellie McConville at (503) 288-8177 extension 326 or nelliem(at)nayapdx(dot)org. If you are interested in supporting NAYA youth programs, visit our secure online donation page.
Every year, our community partners, local politicians and some of our most loyal supporters in the corporate and philanthropic community come together to celebrate Native American Heritage Month and raise much-needed funds for Portland’s Native community. This year marks the 10th year of this annual event—to celebrate, we are moving it to the Portland Art Museum!
Mark your calendars and save the date for Friday, November 15, and watch your inbox for more information. You don’t want to miss this year’s 10th Annual Auction & Gala!
If you are interested in sponsoring a table, contact Oscar Arana, Director of Strategic Development and Communications, at (503) 288-8177 extension 215 or oscara(at)nayapdx(dot)org. If you are interested in donating artwork, jewelry or experiences for our live and silent auctions, contact Anna Allen, Development Assistant, at (503) 288-8177 extension 224 or annaa(at)nayapdx(dot)org.
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