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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.

UNITY Announces Earth Ambassador Program

Earth Ambassador Call in Washington DCMesa, 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.

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Suicide Prevention Program in Flagstaff to Create Youth Council

Flagstaff, Arizona - Native youth in Flagstaff, Arizona can now sign up to become involved in a UNITY Youth Council right in their community.  Thanks to efforts by the Native Americans for Community Action’s (NACA), Reach UR Life Program, Native youth can meet as a youth council and become affiliated with UNITY.  The mission of NACA is to provide preventive wellness strategies to empower and advocate for Native people and others in heed to create a healthy community based on Harmony, Respect and Indigenous Values.

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UNITY at Mesa Community College

UNITY at Mesa Community CollegeMesa, AZ - There is nothing more powerful than UNITY at Mesa Community College 1an educated and motivated Native American. Native youth are destined for greatness. Pursing a higher education isn't the easiest undertaking, especially when you're far from your tribal reservation/home, so we commend these young leaders attending Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona.

Late last month, UNITY Staff members Lynnann Yazzie and Jared Massey presented before students about UNITY, Inc. The UNITY staff shared information about UNITY and opportunities that UNITY offers, and how they can benefit from the creation of a UNITY Youth Council. The staff also shared useful information about George Washington University’s Inspire Native Teens Program, WINS, and Center for Native American Youth.

We hope to see a UNITY Youth Council come out of Mesa Community College in the coming future!

Navajo Council Delegate Amber Crotty advocates for youth empowerment

The following is from a February 24, 2015 Navajo Nation Council News Release.

 DILKON, AriDelegate Crotty and Girl Scoutsz. - Navajo Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty (Beclabito, Cove, Gadi'i'ahi/To'Koi,  Red Valley, Tooh Haltsooi, Toadlena/Two Grey Hills, Tse atnaoz't'l'I] met with youth community members in Dilkon on Monday to discuss the development of a local youth council and Girl Scouts program, which was hosted by Dilkon Youth Services.

Delegate Crotty was invited to the meeting by the DYS program and said she was pleased to visit with local youth to express her support of the proposed youth council. She then posed questions to the youth members regarding the initiative and its effort to become affiliated with the United National lndian Tribal Youth.

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Annual Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Native Youth

Alex Schulte Greets GolfersThe annual UNITY Golf Classic raised more than $15,000 for Native American youth leadership programs. Proceeds benefit UNITY and its initiatives that promote healthy lifestyles, personal development, citizenship and leadership among Native American youth in our communities. The golf tournament, which was held at the Whirlwind Golf Club on the Gila River Indian Community, attracted golf teams from across the state.

The tournament is an annual fundraising event. This year's major sponsors included the Wild Horse Pass Development Authority, Ak-Chin Indian Community, National Indian Gaming Association, Native American Contractors Association, and the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprises. Golfers were treated to an afternoon meal, awards ceremony, and a live auction.

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