UNITY Midyear Conference
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Mesa, AZ—American Indian youth and their advisors from tribes across the nation addressed issues such as suicide and climate change at the UNITY Midyear Conference last week in Washington, DC. United National Indian Tribal Youth, also known as UNITY, hosted the annual youth leadership event at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City.
One powerful session included the passage of a resolution by members of the National UNITY Council to address suicide. The most recent statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention state that American Indians and Alaskan Natives have the highest rate, more than double, of suicides among 10-24 year olds based on race/ethnicity and sex in the United States.
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The Midyear Conference agenda is attached. This is the final version and supercedes all previous drafts.
Annual UNITY Midyear Conference to take place February 11-15, 2015
Mesa, AZ—Nearly 200 Native American youth and advisors from across the country, representing tribal communities and youth councils, will gather for a week-long youth leadership conference in Washington DC. The United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY, Inc.) will host its annual midyear conference, with programming focused on youth leadership development, training for youth leader advisors, networking, and cultural exchange.
The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City from February 11 - 15, 2015. Agenda highlights include a visit to Capitol Hill where youth councils will visit with representatives from congress, youth forums and exclusive dialogue with invited guests from the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and youth council presentations and sharing of community service projects.
A cultural event is scheduled for Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm during the UNITY Midyear Conference. The activities will take place in Regency Rooms E & F at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City hotel.
The event, which is open to the public, will feature Southern and Eastern Tribes.
A flyer with the relevant information is attached.