Nearly 100 Native Youth Receive Service Project Training at Today’s Native Leaders Academy in Rapid City
- Published on Friday, 24 April 2015 00:00
Rapid City, South Dakota—Nearly 100 Native American youth and their advisors from tribes across the nation discussed how they can give back to their communities at a leadership training last week in Rapid City, South Dakota. United National Indian Tribal Youth, also known as UNITY, in partnership with the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) hosted the “Today’s Native Leaders” (TNL) youth leadership event at the Hilton Garden Inn in Rapid City.
The free TNL training, which focused on culturally relevant leadership development, included a curriculum promoting team building activities, action planning & event promotion, developing community service projects, and “How to create a UNITY youth council.” A group of Native youth peer leaders assisted in the training including Alexandria GreyBull, Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes from South Dakota, Nataanii Hatathlie, Navajo from New Mexico, Leslie Locklear, Lumbee from North Carolina, Hamilton Seymour, Nooksack from Washington, Layha Spoonhunter, Eastern Shoshone from Idaho, Claullen Tillman, Eastern Shoshone from Wyoming, and Alexander Toledo, Jemez Pueblo from New Mexico.
- Published on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 21:21
Mesa, AZ— Native youth have a unique opportunity to serve as Earth Ambassadors for the next nine-months as part of an environmental stewardship program just announced by the national UNITY organization. UNITY, also known as United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc., is a national organization that promotes personal development, citizenship, and leadership among American Indian and Alaska Native youth between the ages of 14 - 24. With one of the largest and oldest American Indian youth leadership networks in North America, UNITY has 155 affiliated youth councils in 35 states. Youth councils are sponsored by tribes, Alaska Native villages, high schools, colleges and other community organizations.
The UNITY Earth Ambassadors Leadership Program, partially funded by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, will offer 25 Native youth, who have demonstrated leadership potential, shown an interest in protecting the environment, and have been active in community service projects, an opportunity to learn more about environmental issues and how to become effective ambassadors for the protection of the earth’s environment. The inaugural class will attend training sessions and informational workshops to increase their knowledge of environmental issues affecting Native America, learn to serve as an ambassador to increase awareness of the issues affecting the environmental quality on Native lands, and promote the efforts to address environmental concerns within the nation’s Native communities.
- Published on Friday, 17 April 2015 18:46
In July 2015, up to 1,500 American Indian and Alaska Native youth, advisors and supporters are expected to gather in Washington, DC for the National UNITY Conference. They will share their diverse cultures and seek solutions to common concerns and issues within their communities. They will be challenged. They will learn. They will interact and enjoy the fellowship of Native youth from throughout the United States - all in a positive, inclusive setting, and in the spirit of unity.
- Published on Thursday, 16 April 2015 22:16
Empowering Native Youth to Get a Head Start on Building Their Financial Futures - A financial literacy month initiative of NFEC and NCAI.
The Native Financial Education Coalition (NFEC) and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) launched NAT$VE in the BANK because they understand that Native youth developing relationships with financial institutions is a proven difference-maker in empowering their ability to make smart financial decisions over the course of their lives.
Native youth between the ages of 12 and 25 can ANSWER the CALL by participating and LEAD the WAY by getting others to participate!
To learn more about the initiative and how to participate, visit the Native Financial Education Coalition website.
- Published on Thursday, 09 April 2015 18:50
Mesa, Arizona—Motivational trainer Jeri Brunoe, Wasco Tribe, and Marcus Guinn, Osage and Potawatomi Tribes, are teaming up to offer free leadership training for up to 100 Native American youth from April 10 to April 12 in Rapid City, South Dakota. 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 Hilton Garden Inn in Rapid City. There is no registration fee.