After more than 37 years, a major leadership change will occur for United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. aka UNITY, a national non-profit youth leadership organization. Mary Kim Titla, a San Carlos Apache, will become Executive Director on July 1 as UNITY’s founder JR Cook, Cherokee, steps aside after leading the organization since its birth in 1976. Titla, who attended one of UNITY’s first youth leadership conferences, has been serving part-time as Associate Director since April 1 and is coordinating the upcoming National UNITY Conference in Woodland Hills, California.
“I’m humbled and honored to be serving Indian Country in this capacity. I’ve come full circle having been part of UNITY as a kid, then serving as a member of its board of Trustees and now Executive Director. No one can fill the shoes of JR Cook who has worked tirelessly over the last 37 years to make this organization what it is today. Through UNITY JR has touched the lives of thousands of people like me who are now UNITY alumni. I will do my best in continuing this important work,” said Titla, who will base her office in the Phoenix area.
All rooms at the Marriott Warner Center have been booked. The Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles has been selected as the overflow hotel and is offering rooms at the same conference rate as the Marriott: $119.00 plus taxes per night. To receive this rate, you must mention UNITY (United National Indian Tribal Youth) when making reservations. The Hilton is located at 6360 Canoga Ave, Woodland Hills, CA. Visit the Hilton website for more information about the hotel.
A block of rooms has been reserved for July 12, 2013 - July 16, 2013. The special room rate will be available until July 8th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.
UPDATE: Those who wish to make their reservations online may do so on the UNITY Conference page, which the Hilton has created on its website to simplify the reservations process.
Or, you may reserve rooms during business hours by calling the Group Coordinator: Yvette Moradians at 818-596-4506. During non-business hours, call Hilton Reservations at 866-288-3310.
Driving directions to the hotel are available here. Shuttle service is available to the hotel from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and from the Burbank Bob Hope (BUR) Airport. Information about SuperShuttle service from LAX is available here and from BUR Airport here. Service from other area airports is available, please check on one of the SuperShuttle's websites linked above for a list of other airports served. Note that SupperShuttle requires reservations, which may be made online.
In July 2013, more than 1,200 American Indian and Alaska Native youth will gather in Los Angeles, CA for the National UNITY Conference. They will share their diverse cultures and seek solutions to common concerns and issues within their communities. They will be challenged. They will learn. They will interact and enjoy the fellowship of Native youth from throughout the United States - all in a positive, inclusive setting, and in the spirit of unity.
Woodland Hills, CA — Louisville Cardinals super sixth-woman, sophomore guard Jude Schimmel, who won the Elite 89 award for the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship, will kick off the National UNITY Conference along with her parents Rick and Ceci Schimmel to be held in the greater Los Angeles area from July 12-16, 2013. The Elite 89 is presented to the student athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating in the NCAA championship finals. The Louisville women’s team lost to UConn in the national championship game last April. Jude’s sister Shoni is unable to attend as she will be playing in the World University Games in Russia.
In honor of the life of Golda Cook and her ongoing support of United National Indian tribal Youth, Inc. - especially in the organization’s lean, early years - Golda’s friends, family, and UNITY trustees have made contributions to establish the Golda Cook Memorial Fund.