Welcome to New American Youth Advocate

Our vision is to advocate and promote self-sufficiency among the youth and families through employment, education, cultural and social support.

Youth Development and Leadership

NAYA youth program developments target youth between the ages of 12 and 21 youth in the state of VT.  The programs are intended to provide to the youth with a safe and supportive environments which encourage a positive interaction and social and emotional development. We focus on enrichment opportunities, including activities and experiences that promote academic, personal, social and recreational developments. Our programs utilize mentoring, tutoring, job training, arts, culture, technology, sports, and play to create opportunities to develop 21st-century abilities, which include effective cross-cultural communication, decision making, collaborative teamwork, creativity and innovation to problem-solving and critical thinking skills. We strive to provide young people with the critical skills they need to succeed in life.

NAYA is dedicated to providing dynamic and relevant programming which equip today’s youth to successfully navigate life’s challenges. Our programs seek to increase youth’s knowledge in leadership development for the at-risk middle and high school youth. It focuses on academic achievement, school attendance, risky behavior prevention, social skill development, conflict resolution, financial literacy and creating safe recreational activities during after-school and out of school time.

Employment Services                                                                                                      

The NAYA employment services connect job-seekers of all levels to job opportunities in the state of Vermont. Whether our youth have limited English proficiency, limited education, and work experience or you have prior work experience, we help youth establish meaningful and realistic employment plans.

NAYA works with individuals to develop employment plans to match their transferable skills to meet the needs of local businesses. Improving family economic stability enables the youth to reach their goals of self-sufficiency. Employment leads not only to early economic and self-sufficiency for families but adds greatly to the integrity of families who seek to establish tangible achievements in their lives in the future.