Bank of America honors New Avenues for Youth with 2016 Neighborhood Builders Award

PORTLAND- Bank of America has announced New Avenues for Youth as a 2016 Neighborhood Builder. The nonprofit is being recognized for its work with the Portland homeless youth community, which, in turn, supports the sustainable growth of the local economy. Through Neighborhood Builders (#NeighborhoodBuilders) the bank provides nonprofits with a unique combination of leadership development, $200,000 in flexible funding, a network of peer organizations across the U.S. and the opportunity to access capital in order to expand their impact in the Portland community. 

Since its inception in 1997, New Avenues for Youth (NAFY) has enabled tens of thousands of at-risk, foster and homeless Portland youth, ages 14-24, to overcome barriers, exit homelessness and realize their full potential. Through the provision of basic needs and safety services, as well as education and career training, NAFY equips homeless and at-risk youth with the opportunities needed to become successful, self-sufficient members of the Portland community. 

“The Neighborhood Builders Award is an exciting opportunity for New Avenues for Youth to make an even greater impact in our community,” said Sean Suib, Executive Director of New Avenues for Youth. “With Bank of America’s help, New Avenues for Youth has the ability to enhance our new 2020 Campaign, an initiative that will support the agency’s expansion into East Multnomah County in order to reach marginalized younger youth who need a safe and stable place to call home and the care they need to thrive.”