- Published on Friday, 04 September 2015 15:56
UNITY announces its #IwillLive initiative during National Suicide Prevention Week and call for moment of silence on World Suicide Prevention Day
September 4, 2015 – Mesa, Arizona — United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) is encouraging all Native youth to participate in its #IwillLive campaign during the National Suicide Prevention Week, September 7-13, 2015. At the National UNITY Conference in Washington, DC, the National UNITY Council (NUC), comprising of Native youth representatives from across the United States, passed the National Suicide Prevention Initiative resolution, later renamed the "I Will Live" Initiative, in an effort to further bring attention to the suicide epidemic among Native youth in Indian Country, and to save lives.
- Published on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 14:44
The voices of Native youth were heard loud and clear this past year when the National UNITY Council passed the National Suicide Prevention Initiative resolution, later renamed the "I Will Live" Initiative. In an effort to further bring attention to the suicide epidemic among Native youth in Indian Country, UNITY Inc is sponsoring a Social Media Contest titled "I Will Live" with the winner receiving a Registration Scholarship to the 2016 National UNITY Conference. Simply post and share photos of life, family, friends, hobbies - anything you care about - to show your celebration of life. Post on any of UNITY's social media pages (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) and include the hashtag #IwillLive.
- Published on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 18:09
UNITY’s first-ever Back to School Bash, which took place at the the UNITY headquarters on August 20, was a hit among Phoenix area Native American youth. The summer-end blow out celebration marked the kick-off of the new school year for local students, and featured Marcus Guinn (Emcee One) and Chance Rush of the nationally renowned One Chance Leadership. UNITY welcomed community members who gathered to celebrate the students and their success to come in their academic journey.
Event highlights included:
- Welcome by Lisa Chavez, Ak-Chin Indian Community, NUC Western Region Rep
- Ice Breakers & Team Building Activities led by One Chance Leadership
- Raffles (Nike N7 Backpacks, Shoni Schimmel signed photos, swag bags)
- Back to School Inspirational Messages
- Community Resource tables inlcuding the Phoenix Indian Center, Native Health, and the Tribal Warm Line
- Networking & Refreshments
- and school supplies, t-shirt and poster giveaways.
The bash also served as a way for locals to donate cases of water to aid those without clean water on the Navajo Nation due to the Animas River tragedy from the Gold King Mine waste spill.
- Published on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 16:57
For the second year I have served as an intern at the UNITY headquarters in Mesa, AZ. The experience has been adventurous, eye opening, and rewarding as I have been blessed with the opportunity to give back to the organization that provided so much for my community and me.
My first involvement with UNITY dates back 6 years ago with the Kirtland Central Diné Youth Council where I earned my way to attend the 2009 National UNITY Conference in Albuquerque, NM. My first national conference with UNITY changed the trajectory of my life as I realized my own potential to make an impact on the world around me. I encountered so many inspirational people that I still admire and call upon as mentors for help and support. Since then I have been empowered to take ownership of my life and take charge of my community as a change agent to help others.
- Published on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 16:44