Free training for up to 100 Native youth!
Mesa, Arizona—Free leadership training for up to 100 Native American youth is available on a first come first serve basis in October in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. United National Indian Tribal Youth, also known as UNITY, in partnership with the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is hosting the “Today’s Native Leaders” (TNL) youth leadership event at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel from October 24-26, 2014. There is no registration fee.
The TNL training, which focuses on culturally relevant leadership development, will include:
- Team building activities
- Action planning & event promotion
- developing community service projects
- How to create a UNITY youth council
- Opportunity to present at a national conference
This training, featuring renowned lead trainer Jeri Brunoe of the Wasco Tribe, is sure to empower and motivate your youth! Partial travel scholarships are available on a first come, first serve basis. Youth trained through this initiative will have an opportunity to play leadership roles at the annual national UNITY conference. The next National UNITY Conference will take place in the summer of 2015 in Washington, DC.
Preparations continue to move forward for the Today's Native Leaders Training Academy that will take place in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in October.
For those considering attending, please read through the attached information / registration packet and email the project staff any questions you may have.
For those planning to participate, download the attached materials, complete the registration forms and follow the submission process detailed in the packet.
The Ft. Lauderdale event flyer, which has basic information concerning the Academy, is also attached for viewing and downloading.
Please email or call the UNITY office at (480) 718-9793 with your questions.
We hope you're as excited as we are about the upcoming event and we look forward to meeting you in Ft. Lauderdale.
UNITY Calls for National Moment of Silence
on World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10
Mesa, Arizona— United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) will observe a moment of silence on World Suicide Prevention Day in memory of Native American youth who have committed suicide. Started by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2003, World Suicide Prevention Day brings together individuals and organizations with an interest in suicide prevention, and mobilizes efforts to save lives.
According to IASP, every year, almost one million people die from suicide; this roughly corresponds to one death every 40 seconds. The number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined.
"The suicide rate for young Native Americans is more than three times the national average and up to 10 times the national average on some reservations", said Mary Kim Titla, Executive Director of UNITY.
The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention reports, suicide rates are high among all American Indian and Alaska Native (Native American) populations, with youth being affected most. Forty percent of all Native American suicides involve children and youth ages 15 to 24. And in Native communities, youth suicide contagion is common, where one suicide triggers others attempts, resulting in multiple suicides or attempts within a short time frame.
"We are committed to raising the awareness of this disease which is greatly affecting our Native youth and communities", said Titla.
On September 11, 2014, from 4 to 5:00 p.m. ET, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in collaboration with the UNITY: Today’s Native Leaders will present “How to Build An Effective Youth Council.” This webinar will explore the powerful benefits of building an effective youth council by engaging and empowering youth voices within your community. The nuts and bolts of how to set up a UNITY youth council will also be examined.
Resource: All About Youth Councils page on the UNITY Website.
Presenters: Jeri Brunoe, Brunoe Training and Consulting and Jared Ivins-Massey, UNITY Program Support Assistant, and the National Congress of American Indians Youth Commission Member-at-Large
Register online to participate in this free and informative Webinar. Note: After registering, you will be sent a link to the website where the Webinar can be viewed live at the scheduled time.