The following story is from a July 15 UNITY News Release.
More than 1,400 Native youth leaders converge
in Portland, Oregon for the National UNITY Conference
The National UNITY Council, made up of youth representatives from affiliated youth councils, hosted the proceedings, as they were responsible for developing the agenda, which tackles various youth issues in Indian country. Native youth face similar challenges as all American youth but statistics show the issues such as suicide, drug abuse, teen pregnancy, and high school drop out rate are dangerously amplified. Once the conference was called to order after the ceremonial lighting of the UNITY Fire, youth were immersed in leadership development through educational keynotes, activities, and workshops focusing on the areas of spiritual, physical, social, and mental development.
If you attended the 2014 National UNITY Conference, please take a few minutes to complete an online evaluation questionnaire that will help guide UNITY in planning and organizing the 2015 conference. The online questionnaire will take approximately six to eight minutes to complete. After entering your answers into the online form, submit it by clicking the NEXT/DONE buttons.
Thanks for attending the conference and taking the time to help make next year's event even better. Your comments and suggestions are always welcomed and valued.
The online survey is available HERE.
The make up of the UNITY Council of Trustees (CoT) changed at its June 29, 2014 meeting in Portland, OR.
Jan English stepped down from the Council after having served as a dedicated leader and champion for Native youth for more than three decades. She’s the only Trustee who has been a part of UNITY since it was founded in 1976 by JR Cook. Mary Kim Titla, UNITY Executive Director, stated, "The UNITY family appreciates all of the time, energy and passion that Jan brought to her leadership role on the Council. We wish her the very best and every happiness as she continues her involvement in the Native community and enjoys her retirement with her husband and family."
Two new members, Henry Lozano and Tyler English-Rush, were added to the UNITY leadership team.
Support UNITY by purchasing special promotional tickets to the 2014 WNBA All-Star Game
First time WNBA All-Star Shoni Schimmel joins Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner as a starter in this year's All-Star game.
The game will be played on July 19, 2014 in the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Start time is 12:30 PM.
Use Promo Code ASG when purchasing your ticket and a portion of the ticket sales will go to support UNITY's programs that serve the nation's Native Youth. You may purchase tickets online HERE.
The video below includes highlights of the 2014 National UNITY Conference.
Also, a couple of the UNITY Conference News segments are linked and viewable on YouTube.
And, there is a growing number of conference photographs posted on the UNITY Facebook page that you may enjoy. While you're there, click on the like button and help push the page over the 3,000 subscriber mark.