On September 11, 2014, UNITY conducted a live online webinar entitled "How to Build an Effective Youth Council." You may view the webinar transcript, view a PowerPoint presentation and/or listen to the webinar audio by visiting THIS PAGE on the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Online University website.
Tribes, schools, and community organizations can reap benefits by tapping the creative, enthusiastic, and insightful ideas and voices of young people. This Webinar explores the powerful benefits of building an effective youth council by engaging and empowering youth voices within your community. The nuts and bolts of how to set up a UNITY youth council are examined.
UNITY, Inc. is excited to share that UNITY youth will serve as the official Parade Grand Marshal at the 32nd Annual Native American Connections Parade on October 11, 2014 in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.
The parade is part of the Native American Recognition Days, a series of events and activities between the months of September and November, celebrating Native American culture, traditions, community and achievements.
To download the official parade flyer with parade route and details, click on image above. To learn more about Native American Recognition Days, click here.
Youth of the Jemez UNITY Youth Council are pictured on a billboard promoting the parade. Click on the picture to the left to view a larger version.
COEUR D’ALENE- UNITY Week was held on the Coeur d'Alene reservation in Worley, Idaho from August 12-15, 2014 with an attendance of roughly 120 youth throughout the week. The youth conference drew in students from Owyhee, Nevada join us as well as UNITY family from Nooksack, Kalispell, Spokane, Montana and Nez Perce tribes. The conference featured a day devoted to Spiritual, Physical, Mental, and Social aspects of UNITY's medicine wheel.
In conjunction with the conference there was an evening dance as well as a boat cruise on lake Coeur d'Alene. The conference featured a huge lineup of keynote speakers this year including UNITY's current Female Co-President Sarah Scott, Jude, CeCe and Rick Schimmel, and the current Miss Indian World Taylor Thomas.
Window Rock, Arizona—UNITY youth were invited recently to participate in the largest gathering of Native Americans in North America, the Navajo Nation Fair. During the first week of September, UNITY youth joined thousands of people who flocked to the 68th Annual Navajo Nation Fair in Window Rock, Arizona. Visitors to the annual celebration enjoyed weeklong events such as a baby contest, Miss Navajo Nation contest, pow-wow, rodeo, and a traditional Navajo Song and Dance.
A highlight of the fair is the Ashkii Happy Kids Day, held on Thursday September 4th at the Navajo Nation fairgrounds. Navajo Youth from all over the Navajo Reservation joined in activities and visited the many information booths available in Nakai Hall. Students involved with United National Indian Tribal Youth, also known as UNITY, spent the day handing out information about UNITY youth programs including Kelly Charley, Navajo, a recipient of the 25 Under 25 Leadership Award.
Free training for up to 100 Native youth!
Mesa, Arizona—Free leadership training for up to 100 Native American youth is available on a first come first serve basis in October in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. United National Indian Tribal Youth, also known as UNITY, in partnership with the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is hosting the “Today’s Native Leaders” (TNL) youth leadership event at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel from October 24-26, 2014. There is no registration fee.
The TNL training, which focuses on culturally relevant leadership development, will include:
- Team building activities
- Action planning & event promotion
- developing community service projects
- How to create a UNITY youth council
- Opportunity to present at a national conference
This training, featuring renowned lead trainer Jeri Brunoe of the Wasco Tribe, is sure to empower and motivate your youth! Partial travel scholarships are available on a first come, first serve basis. Youth trained through this initiative will have an opportunity to play leadership roles at the annual national UNITY conference. The next National UNITY Conference will take place in the summer of 2015 in Washington, DC.