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.
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Learn Why from A Couple of Our Youth Leaders...
My name is Kasheena Susan Harris, the daughter of Martin Harris of Whiteriver, AZ and Sally Hooke of San Carlos, Arizona (White Mountain Apache/San Carlos Apache). I graduated from Globe High School in Globe, Arizona on May 30, 2012. I am now pursuing higher education at Eastern Arizona College. My educational goal is to become a Lawyer focusing on American Indian Law.
I began my educational goals at Eastern Arizona Community College in Thatcher, Arizona in the fall of 2012. I will obtain my Associate of Arts degree in Political Science by 2015. I will then continue my education at Fort Lewis College to obtain my Bachelors’ of Science degree in Political Science. I will then apply for Law school with Seattle University School of Law in Seattle, Washington.
I have been a member of the San Carlos Apache Youth Council since 2008, my freshman year of High School. I have served as the Public Relations Officer, Vice-President, acting President, and currently as the UNITY Delegate. These positions have helped me gain hands on experience with Tribal government and community programs, as well as providing me direct contact with people who strive for the improvement of the physical, spiritual, mental and social aspect of life.
UNITY is now seeking Native American and Alaska Native youth between the ages of 14 to 25, who have shown a commitment to serving their communities, to apply to the 25 Under 25 program. Please note that those who reach the age of 25 prior to May 1, 2014 (previously April 25, 2014) are not eligible for the program. To learn more, read a related story HERE.
The purpose of this exciting program is to:
- Recognize the accomplishments of Native youth, ages 14 to 25, who are dedicated to serving their communities
- Provide training and hands-on learning activities that will increase the participants’ ability to serve their community
- Encourage rising Native leaders to aspire to greater levels of achievement
- Build a support network of ‘service to community’ minded leaders that will grow with each year; and
- Further the UNITY mission of building a strong, unified, and self-reliant Native America through greater youth involvement
The following story was contained in a UNITY Press Release dated Mach 31, 2014.
Mesa, AZ – The United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (known as UNITY) is one of the nation’s largest Native American youth organizations in North America. At its recent annual midyear conference in Washington DC, UNITY officially launched a new awards program that honors and recognizes Native American and Alaska Native youth. The 25 Under 25 Native Youth Leadership Awards program is designed to celebrate the achievements of young Native people between the ages of 14 and 25 who embody UNITY’s core mission and exudes living a balanced life developing their spiritual, mental, physical and social well-being.
In addition to being recognized, each awardee will receive special training by UNITY over the period of one year that is designed to build on their individual achievements. The inaugural class will be recognized as UNITY ambassadors, serving as stellar examples of Native youth leadership in Indian Country today.
UNITY's 25 Under 25 Designed to Celebrate and Mentor Youth Leaders
UNITY, will honor, recognize and celebrate the achievements of young Native people between the ages of 14 and 25 who embody UNITY’s core mission and exudes living a balanced life developing their spiritual, mental, physical and social well-being.
“We are excited to launch this new program and give Native youth a platform to be recognized for their achievements” said Mary Kim Titla, Executive Director of UNITY, Inc. “UNITY has seen many talented youth come through our program over the last 38 years, it is our hopes that success stories of those recognized through the “25 Under 25” program will inspire other youth to reach for dreams, be proud of their ancestors and maintain the best of their traditions.”