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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.

Steps to Start a Youth Council in Your Community

Download a step-by-step guide to establish a UNITY Youth Council

Native American youth can make a difference, but first they must be organized and prepared for action. An effective way to accomplish this is through a youth council.

A youth council represents a practical way of enabling youth to have a meaningful role in helping solve community problems. Types of youth councils include:

  • Tribal Youth Councils
  • Alaska Native Village Youth Councils
  • Urban Youth Councils
  • High School Indian Clubs
  • College or University Native American Associations
  • A Church-sponsored Youth Group
  • An Independent Youth Group

Keep in mind that youth councils are just as diverse as Native America itself. Each youth council maintains its own identity and is built upon the needs and values of that particular community.

Read more: Steps to Start a Youth Council in Your Community

UNITY's Back to School Bash Successful

 UNITY’s first-ever Back to School Bash, which took place at the the UNITY headquarters on August 20, was a hit among Phoenix area Native American youth. The summer-end blow out celebration marked the kick-off of the new school year for local students, and featured Marcus Guinn (Emcee One) and Chance Rush of the nationally renowned One Chance Leadership. UNITY welcomed community members who gathered to celebrate the students and their success to come in their academic journey. 

Back to School Bash

Event highlights included:

  • Welcome by Lisa Chavez, Ak-Chin Indian Community, NUC Western Region Rep
  • Ice Breakers & Team Building Activities led by One Chance Leadership
  • Raffles (Nike N7 Backpacks, Shoni Schimmel signed photos, swag bags)
  • Back to School Inspirational Messages
  • Community Resource tables inlcuding the Phoenix Indian Center, Native Health, and the Tribal Warm Line
  • Networking & Refreshments
  • and school supplies, t-shirt and poster giveaways.

The bash also served as a way for locals to donate cases of water to aid those without clean water on the Navajo Nation due to the Animas River tragedy from the Gold King Mine waste spill. 

UNITY Youth leader collects water for Navajo residents after mine spill

Water CollectionA Mesa UNITY youth leader is collecting bottled water for Navajo Nation residents after the Environmental Protection Agency triggered a spill that sent three million gallons of wastewater from an abandoned Colorado mine into the Animas River earlier this month. The spill caused the river, which runs into the San Juan River on the Navajo Nation, to turn into a yellow orange sludge. Nicole Lucero,18, a member of the Navajo Nation, has collected dozens of cases of bottled water to distribute to those immediately affected by the spill. Lucero, who now lives in Mesa, grew up near the towns of Farmington and Aztec, New Mexico, which are close to the San Juan River.

Read more: UNITY Youth leader collects water for Navajo residents after mine spill

Back to School Bash

Kick off the New School Year with UNITY!

Back to School Gash GraphicUNITY will host a back to school bash from 4 - 6 pm on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at the UNITY Headquarters (Basement Level) located at 1 N MacDonald Dr., Mesa, AZ.

The BASH will be free and open to the public, provide refreshments, raffle Nike N7 gear, and give away swag bags and school supplies. Additionally, the BASH will feature Emcee One and Chance Rush of One Chance Leadership, and members of the UNITY staff, who will provide information about UNITY services, programs, and upcoming events. 

Save the date and plan to participate in this KICK OFF to a successful school year.

The attached flyers provide additional information about this upcoming event.

Kowee Coffee Donates June Proceeds to UNITY

Kowee CoffeeUNITY is excited to announce that Kowee Cofee will donate June proceeds to UNITY, as their strong show of support for the future and leadership of Native American and Alaska Native youth!

A Native American owned and operated business located on the Gila River Indian Community in Sacaton, Arizona, Kowee Coffee loves to share their enthusiasm for Coffee & Espresso with everyone.

Please support Kowee Coffee!

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