Native American Youth & Adult Partnership Program
The Pinoleville Pomo Nation secures tribal government, affirms and protects tribal sovereignty and maintains government-to-government relationships. The Nation is dedicated to developing and maintaining cooperative alliances that benefit the Nation and local community. The Nation is committed to the preservation of its history, culture and traditions. The Nation provides for the health, safety and general welfare of its Citizens, while promoting economic self-sufficiency and personal independence.
We see our community being healthy spiritually, physically, emotionally and mentally. We will become independent and self-sufficient through economic development. Self-governance will be carried out through leadership focused on cultural and traditional values, taking actions needed to bring our people into balance. We see ourselves passing on the knowledge and wisdom of our ancestors to future generations and encouraging understanding with communities outside of our own.
In 2018 Pinoleville Pomo Nation was rewarded the Youth Reinvestment Grant by the Board of State & Community Corrections (BCSS) that funds our Native American Youth & Adult Partnership (NAYA) Program
The Native American Youth & Adult Partnership program brings together local youth ages 11-18 (middle/high school age) and supportive adults to identify strengths, share wisdom, experiences, stories and promote positive cultural identity. Youth are anticipated to build or expand upon their positive culture identity, educational success, connection to supportive adults, and social emotional skills tied to academic success including communication, self-management, and leadership, community and vision for the next generation.
Over 12 weeks, youth and adults are given space to build personal leadership and communication skills, through self- reflection, experience, role-play and culture activities. Although, sometimes called a mentor program, NAYA aims to bring the youth and adult community together to celebrate and collaborate on modern Native identity. Youth and adults share strengths with one another, identify goals and put in work to build a healthy future. After the 12 weeks, Partnership pairs are then supported by the coordinator for 6 months in going on outings that help the Native youth in reaching their goal. Our goal is to help native youth grow mentally, spiritually, emotionally and physically. We strive for a better future for the next generation.
Here at NAYA we offer a vast variety of cultural activities and events. Youth Activities vary from outdoor education such as gardening, fishing, hiking, plant identification; to trips to museums, the beach, & local native landmarks. In the past we have partnered with local tribes offering community events and engagement. We also partner with local cultural presenters who share knowledge, stories, offer classes on beadings, art, basket weaving and regalia making.
Mentees: Youth Living within Mendocino/Lake county Interested in strengthening peer and adult relationships. Must be between 11-18 or in 6th & 12th grade.
We are currently enrolling students now! Click here to apply
Become A Mentor: Adults 18+ living within Mendocino/Lake County, valid driver’s license, must be able to pass a background check.
If you’re interested in making a positive impact on a native youth life, please apply! We are currently recruiting mentors. Click here to apply
307 North state street Ukiah, CA
The Native American Youth & Adult Partnership program brings together local youth and supportive adults to identify strengths, share wisdom, experiences, stories and promote positive cultural identity. Youth are anticipated to build or expand upon their positive culture identity, educational success, connection to supportive adults, and social emotional skills tied to academic success including communication, self-management, and leadership, community and vision for the next generation.
We are currently accepting youth applications ages 11-18 (6th -12th grade)
If you’re interested in making a difference in a native youth’s life apply to become a mentor! 18
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Hi my name is Jade Daguro. I am the Mentoring program coordinator for our Native American Youth & Adult (NAYA) mentoring program here at Pinoleville Pomo Nation (PPN) . I am blessed to have joined the PPN family in December 2020. I have over 10 years of experience working with youth and families while working for nonprofits. I enjoy working with youth and excited to help guide the next generation .
Hi my name is Jasmine Diggs. I am the program assistant for the Native American Youth & Adult (NAYA) mentoring program at Pinoleville Pomo Nation. I have worked with the NAYA program since 2018. Being a mentor to the youth these past few years has been a great experience, not only helping them reach their goals but also them helping me grow as an individual. I look forward to the future with NAYA and PPN.