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Youth Councils of Distinction

This category features youth councils and other Native American youth groups who distinguish themselves by taking the initiative to serve their communities and make a difference through their work, example and leadership. Use the Contact form to let the Web editors know about deserving youth councils or youth groups to consider for future updates.

Jude Schimmel Speaks to Worley Youth Group

The following story was posted on the Coeur d' Alene Press website on August 18, 2014.

WORLEY (Idaho) - The easier the questions were, the longer it took to answer.

But Louisville senior Jude Schimmel told her story and allowed for Q&A after speaking to a crowd of more than 200 at the United National Indian Tribal Youth conference here Thursday.

"Will you eat lunch with me?" one child asked.

"Will you sign my shirt?" another followed.

While the 20-year-old Native American icon was too busy for the lunch, she did sign dozens of items.

Read the rest of the story online on the Coeur d' Alene Press website.

Page, AZ High School UNITY Council Featured In Indian Country Today

The Page High School UNITY Council in Arizona was recently featured in Indian Country Today newspaper highlighting their efforts in coordinating their contest pow wow.  The UNITY council was successful in their efforts to hold the pow wow despite a few setbacks.  Under the leadership of advisor Shannon Secody, the youth council also completed other activities throughout the school year including producing PSAs for healthy lifestyles, attending the UNITY Midyear Meeting in Washington DC, and just recently, being selected as a recipient of a National Park Foundation Active Trails grant for their project "Journey through Waterways and Walkways to Wellness." 

Good job Page HS UNITY Council!

Read the article in Indian Country Today here.

Pictured are a few members of The Page HS UNITY Council after a presentation to the Page School Board members regarding their activities throughout the year.

Page High School Crowns Miss PHS UNITY Princess



Page High School in Arizona recently held the Miss PHS UNITY Princess Pageant and Miss Lehua Secody was crowned Princess. Click on the picture to the left to view a larger version of the collage, which includes pictures of the contestants and their escorts.

Congratulations Princess Secody and to all pageant contestants.

Red Lake Youth Council Participates in Youth Day at Capital

"The Red Lake Nation Youth Council visited the Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota on March 13 to participate in the 6th Annual Youth Day. The group spent the day educating policy leaders about the benefits of quality youth development programming and engaged youth in the legislative process."

“All young people need and deserve high-quality youth development experiences that will prepare them for life, and the Red Lake Nation has a great opportunity to do our part to help the youth in our community succeed,” said Marilyn Mountain, youth council advisor."

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Spotlight on the Anadarko UNITY Council

View the Anadarko UNITY Council Photo Gallery for a collection of pictures of this outstanding youth group.

The Anadarko UNITY Council (AUC) started in 2006 and has become very active in the National UNITY Network both locally and on the national level.  The mission of the AUC is to provide positive youth leadership development through local, regional, national, and international activities.  The combination of special projects, leadership training and networking is a key component to the Anadarko UNITY Council experience.

When asked why the youth of Anadarko have a UNITY Council, the general consensus of the council is: “UNITY gives us something to be a part of! We can stay active in the community and stay out of trouble.”

One member stated at a meeting, “I love UNITY!  If it wasn’t for UNITY I would just be at home watching TV or getting into trouble!”

Read more: Spotlight on the Anadarko UNITY Council