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This section contains the latest UNITY news and references to stories and articles that may be of interest to an audience that includes and extends beyond Native American youth. This may include educators, potential employers, college recruiters, Native youth program managers, and others who share an interest in American Indian youth issues.

Native youth meet with U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor

Deputy Labor Secretary with UNITY YouthUNITY youth leaders and other Native American youth met with U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Christopher Lu earlier this month hosted by the Phoenix Indian Center to discuss employment barriers they faced in their communities. Among the students attending the roundtable discussion included Jay Massey (White Mountain Apache), Megan LaRose (Navajo), and Shaandiin Parrish (Navajo). Others participating included tribal leaders, non-profit leaders and teachers.

Deputy Secretary Lu said he's concerned about Native American joblessness and that his office can do a better job to address it. He asked Native youth in attendance to share their personal stories of success and challenges they've faced on and off the reservation. In 2014, Native Americans tied with African-Americans with an average jobless level of 11.3 percent, according to the Department of Labor. For White workers, the figure was 5.3 percent.

Native Youth Say YES! to YES!

YES event is a huge success as the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development and UNITY team up to help guide young entrepreneurs through joint programming

YES!Pojoaque, NM -- About 200 Native youth and their advisors attended the first ever Youth Entrepreneurship Summit "YES!​" event last week at the Buffalo Thunder Resort in the New Mexico Pueblo of Pojoaque. YES​! is part of a collaboration between the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) and UNITY. The high energy event began with Gary "Litefoot" Davis, rap artist and CEO of NCAIED, rapping an encouraging message followed by motivational and uplifting words. "Go home and compete. Go home and know you are the best even if you're not at this point. Go home and believe in yourself. I am your brother. Go out and do me proud. Pray! Pray! Pray!" Davis told the audience.

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Stop by the UNITY Booth

Youth Leaders Stop by the UNITY BoothWill you be attending the NCAIED's RES New Mexico, November 16-19 in Santa Fe, New Mexico OR the AISES 2015 National Conference taking place November 19- 21 in Phoenix, Arizona? If so, stop by and visit with us at the UNITY booth! We will be there handing out goodies and giving the latest information on upcoming UNITY events, workshops, and more! Take a selfie with us and post it to your social media account - and don't forget to tag us @unityinc76!  

Center for Native American Youth Welcomes Young Leaders to Washington, DC for the White House Tribal Nations Conference

The following story is from a November 5, 2015 news release issued by the Center for Native American Youth.

Native youth from across the country, including CNAY’s Champions for Change, will participate in President Obama’s annual conference with elected tribal leaders.

Washington, DC, November 5, 2015 –– The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) at the Aspen Institute is welcoming a group of nearly 30 Native American youth to Washington, DC for the seventh annual White House Tribal Nations Conference today. These young leaders are serving as Native Youth Delegates at the conference and will join elected leaders of the 567 federally recognized tribes for nation-to-nation dialogues with members of the President’s Cabinet on critical issues affecting Native American tribes. These youth will have an important role in sharing Native American priorities, including a session where President Obama will sit down with Native youth to discuss how we can work together to help young people reach their full potential.

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Support UNITY through CFC, Federal Workplace Giving

UNITY Combined Federal Campaign FlyerAre you a federal employee? Did you know you can give to UNITY through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) program? The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.

UNITY has kicked-off its end of year appeal with a CFC campaign. If you would like to assist in promoting the program at your federal workplace, contact the UNITY office at (480) 718-9793, and you will be sent flyers along with basil seed packets, as a small gift for donors.

UNITY's designated CFC number is #11170. To find out more about the program and questions, visit the CFC website by CLICKING HERE.