Social Services For Youth & Children

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National Indian Child Welfare Association

Project: Native Family Advocacy Program

Year: 2020 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Portland, OR

NICWA works to eliminate child abuse and neglect by strengthening our families, tribes, and the laws that protect them. These funds will support the Native Family Advocacy Program, providing direct services in Oregon.

Native American Youth & Family Center

Project: Chxi San Playgroup

Year: 2014 Grant Amount: $8,000 Location: Portland, OR

Chxi San is designed to help parents learn to interact with their children in ways that support emotional and cognitive development.  Early learning opportunities in Chxi San prepare children for Head Start and Kindergarten readiness with structured play activities that increase social and developmental skills. Our culturally-specific program allows children to become engaged with their Native heritage while parents are supported with traditional Native parenting skills and values.


Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)

Project: NAYA Learning Garden Project

Year: 2011 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Portland, OR

Support to expand and sustain the established NAYA Learning Garden, an interpretative native learning garden and vegetable garden, as a multi-faceted resource for our youth and the community.

Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)

Project: Feed the People

Year: 2019 Grant Amount: $13,000 Location: Portland, OR

Supports the community by expanding the services of the food pantry that serves all NAYA programs.

Neighborhood House, Inc.

Project: Housing Program for Homeless Families with Children

Year: 2018 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Portland, OR

Provides safe and stable housing for 38-40 homeless families as they work to address the often serious challenges that underlie their homelessness, and rebuild their lives.

In addition to housing, families receive support from a case manager to help them connect with the resources they need, including employment opportunities, job training, mental health services and more.

New Avenues for Youth

Project: Homeless youth Parent Support program

Year: 2012 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Portland, OR

Provided extended parent support services within safe housing for 60 homeless youth who are pregnant/parenting, including a parent/child literacy program and play groups, play therapy for children, and parent groups and housing/ready-to-rent education for parents.  With a safe, stable and supportive environment, youth rise to the challenge and feel determined to break the cycle of abuse and neglect that for many of these parents is generational.


New Avenues for Youth

Project: New Meadows life-skills programming and case management

Year: 2018 Grant Amount: $18,000 Location: Portland, OR

New Meadows will provide approximately 15 youth transitioning from foster care with support and a safe place to live as they pursue education, career, and life goals during the proposed one-year project period.

New Meadows, a joint partnership of Bridge Meadows and New Avenues for Youth and a key initiative of New Avenues for Youth’s youth-homelessness prevention efforts, offers stable transitional housing, trauma-informed services, and a network of families and elders who nurture young people as they prepare to enter adulthood.

New Avenues for Youth

Project: Youth Homelessness Prevention and Intervention Services

Year: 2021 Grant Amount: $20,000 Location: Portland, OR

The proposed grant will help fund New Avenues’ wide range of services for youth experiencing houselessness and housing instability in the Portland area.

New Avenues for Youth

Project: SMYRC Center

Year: 2015 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Portland, OR

With an increasing focus on reaching youth earlier to prevent those at risk of homelessness from ever experiencing it, this grant helps bring to scale New Avenues’ newest program, the Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC), which serves the social, safety, and resource needs of LGBTQ youth.  The strategic union between New Avenues and SMYRC leverages the reputations, capacities, and competencies of both organizations, broadens service offerings, and creates a safety net for LGBTQ youth – who are at risk and experience high rates of homelessness in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.

Funding will support outreach to service providers to connect LGBTQ youth to culturally responsive supports; cultural sensitivity training to schools; and social support groups/events at New Avenues and in the tri-counties.

2014 New Avenues Annual Report


New Avenues for Youth

Project: Wilderness & Experiential Therapy Program Development

Year: 2015 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Portland, OR

New Avenues for youth is working with Catalyst Wilderness Therapy Program to explore opportunities for developing wilderness and experiential therapy programming that can be integrated into and supplement PDX-Connect, a comprehensive suite of prevention programs for youth in foster care, who are at high risk of homelessness.  The combination of a backcountry setting, small group size, and intensive support from expert guides and therapists makes wilderness therapy a powerful option for those struggling with the long-term effects of abuse to release the negative patterns of their daily lives.  It also addresses pre-existing traumatic experiences and offers opportunities for youth to gain confidence and develop skills that contribute to successful transitions into adulthood.

Newport Food Pantry

Project: Newport Food Pantry Prepared Food Program

Year: 2022 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Newport, OR

Our objective is to provide people who live in poverty nutritious food so that they are able to maintain health and focus on developing changes that will enable success

Nixyaawii Community School

Project: National Honor Society and Greenhouse Project

Year: 2018 Grant Amount: $11,470 Location: Pendleton, OR

Three projects to stress the importance of lifelong learning, building connections, and caring for ourselves and our environment for Native American youth on the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation:

  1.  Greenhouse project to understand the significance of horticulture and contribute positively to the environment through the production of organic vegetables, herb and flowers for community and school use.
  2.  Foster lifelong learning via a cultural field trip to Portland, OR, where students will attend a writing workshop at Lewis & Clark College, a TEDx PDX (TED=Technology, Education and Design) event, tour Portland State University, and visit cultural attractions in Portland, such as Oregon Museum  of Science and Industry, the Portland Art Museum, The Oregon Zoo and other Washington Park attractions.
  3. Encourage community and school interaction and engage students in planning, fundraising, and designing through the National Honor Society community project.  This is an event envisioned by student members of the local National Honor Society chapter, which is in its first year at our school, and gives youth, adults, and elders a healthy, positive experience to help frame choices for healthy social activities in the community.  This project includes clothing and food donations.

Northwest Housing Alternatives

Project: Annie Ross House

Year: 2013 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Portland, OR

The Annie Ross Shelter is the only shelter for families with children experiencing homelessness in Clackamas County.  Through five units of emergency shelter, five units of transitional housing, and supportive case management delivered by Family Support Specialists, the Annie Ross House will help approximately 50 families transition from homelessness in 2013.  More than just a place to sleep, the Annie Ross House connects families to social services to help them gain long-term housing stability. Family Support Specialists guide parents through the tough times, and help them break the cycle of poverty to give their children the best opportunity to succeed in school and throughout their lives.  Family Support Specialists provide the knowledge necessary for families to become and remain independent.

Oasis Advocacy & Shelter, Inc.

Project: Rental Assistance/Homelessness Prevention  

Year: 2020 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Gold Beach, OR

In Curry County, Oregon, we plan to prevent homelessness for 15 families over the course of approximately 1 year. “Families” who have experienced a form of interpersonal violence/abuse will be given priority.

Oasis Advocacy and Shelter, Inc.

Project: General Operations

Year: 2022 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Gold Beach, OR

Oasis Advocacy and Shelter has a 30+ year record of direct services for domestic violence/sexual assault survivors in Oregon. Offers: emergency shelter, court support, and advocacy services for survivors and their children.  General Operations support allows freedom to attend to the most appropriate needs of survivors.

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