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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 Partners with Inter Tribal Council of Arizona

UNITY and ITCA to help Native American teens increase self–esteem through culturally appropriate health education

United National Indian Tribal Youth Inc. (UNITY) has partnered with the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona Inc. (ITCA) to implement the Native STAND curriculum centered on health and personal identity. The curriculum was developed by a multi-disciplinary workgroup consisting of Native youth, Native elders, public health and youth development experts, and health curriculum developers. It is designed to meet the needs of today's Native youth. It honors tradition and culture at the same time that it meets today's Native youth where they are: walking between two different—but interconnected—worlds. While Native STAND acknowledges that Native youth face many of the same challenges as mainstream youth, it embraces the power of traditional teachings and cultural strengths that Native youth have within them and their communities.

Read more: UNITY Partners with Inter Tribal Council of Arizona

UNITY to Host 2nd Annual Native American Heritage Night: Ticket Purchase Incentives Offered

Native American Heritage Night Flyer

Purchase tickets at the UNITY office by Friday, May 22, 2015 for an opportunity to win 10 free tickets.

Purchase tickets online HERE.

Mark your calendars and purchase your tickets now!

UNITY will host the 2nd Annual Native American Heritage Night on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm as WNBA star Shoni Schimmel comes back to Phoenix for what is expected to be an exciting rematch between the Phoenix Mercury and the Atlanta Dream. 

A portion of every ticket sold will go back to supporting UNITY. 

You may purchase tickets at the UNITY office or, if you prefer, purchase online HERE. Refer to the attached flyers for more information about this event.

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.

Read more: UNITY Announces Earth Ambassador Program

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.

Read more: Suicide Prevention Program in Flagstaff to Create Youth Council

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!