The Northwest Area Foundation has announced a two-year, $3.5 million grant to the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation in Seattle to implement the Pathways to Prosperity project, a holistic community-development initiative designed to systematically address the determinants of poverty faced by urban Native American populations.
Key elements of the project include the Bernie Whitebear Center, a neighborhood-based community development and outreach facility that provides human services; Daybreak Star College, which provides students with opportunities to create personal and community transformations; economic development activities to help Native American individuals, families, and groups succeed in employment and small business development; and the Northwest Canoe Center at South Lake Union, a Native American cultural and interpretive center that will provide public activities and serve as a Native social venture business.
During its first year, the initiative will focus on thirty families in Head Start and Early Head Start programs, said UIATF CEO Phil Lane, Jr. Eventually, the program will be expanded to a hundred families, with services extended to additional individuals and families in Seattle's Native American community.
"Many foundations...search for initiatives that will bring deep and lasting benefit to families and communities," said Gary Cunningham, NAF vice president for programs and chief program officer. "We also look for communities and organizations that bring both experience and innovative thinking to their efforts. We appreciate both the lessons we've learned in this grant-development process and the opportunity to support UIATF in its important work."