· NPAs provide a safe and welcoming forum where citizens can actively share their voice about issues that matter to them, and where they can learn from the voices of others.

· NPAs cultivate involvement by a diverse spectrum of community members through active outreach and through eliminating barriers to participation.

· NPAs are operated in a manner that models respectful, inclusive, culturally, and economically aware practices

· NPAs are fun, creative, and vital organizations that value and benefit through the multitude of perspectives shared by those who participate.