Region 8 has a strong legacy of doing a service project at the regional conference. These projects benefit an organization based in the host city. Past projects have included book donations for a library, food bank donations, school supplies for a youth organization, etc. This year, we are pleased to have the Native American Youth and Family Center as our 2012 Service Project.
Based in Portland, Oregon, the NAYA Family Center “works to enrich the lives of our Native youth and families through education, community involvement, and culturally specific programming. We have provided educational services, cultural arts programming, and direct support to reduce poverty to the Portland metropolitan area’s American Indian and Alaska Native community for over 30 years.”
NAYA Family Center draws on the strengths of its staff and volunteers to provide inclusive programming for Native American youth and their families:
- Middle school advocacy services
- High school advocacy services
- Tutoring and after-school programs
- Native community employment services
- Middle school, grade 8/9 transition, high school math, and science summer programs
- Healing circle domestic violence prevention program
- Foster care and independent living programs
- Recreation program
- Cultural arts program
- Financial education
- Housing and rental assistance
- Individual savings account and tax help
How to Participate:
- Donate items to the organization. The NAYA Family Center has a general wish list (see below). Donation items will be collected at the welcome/registration table on the second floor Plaza Foyer.
- Purchase a 50/50 Draw raffle ticket. Purchase as many raffle tickets as you wish. A drawing will be held at the closing keynote luncheon. Half the funds collected will be donated to NAYA. The other half goes to one lucky raffle ticket owner!
- Make a monetary donation to NAYA to help purchase anything on their general wish list.
- Donate to the NAYA Elder Portrait Project. The project documents and honors Native elders who give their time, support and wisdom to the Portland community. A $100 donation sponsors the creation of an elder’s portrait. You may either nominate a specific elder or donate to the project as a whole.
Selected items from NAYA’s general wish list
- School supplies*
- Art supplies*—e.g. acrylic paints, canvases, paint brushes, watercolor paper, markers, etc.
- New socks and underwear; any size
- Clothing in good condition—coats and clothing for older boys and men
- Household items in good condition—e.g. pots and pans, small appliances, silverware, dishes, blankets, pillows, towels, etc.
- Material, at least 2-yard pieces
- Spools of ribbon and thread, buttons, and fringe
*If you do not wish to travel with your donation, there is an office supply store is within walking distance of the hotel.