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.
The following story is from an April 9, 2014 UNITY news release.
Mesa, Arizona—UNITY, Inc. has named three individuals with extensive experience in Indian country to spearhead a national leadership initiative in partnership with the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). UNITY, an acronym for United National Indian Tribal Youth, 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 140 affiliated youth councils in 35 states. Youth councils are sponsored by tribes, Alaska Native villages, high schools, colleges and other community organizations.
Wendy Weston, Navajo, has been hired as the Project Manager for the National Intertribal Youth Leadership Development Initiative also known as “Today’s Native Leaders.” The Initiative is designed to offer regional and national trainings and learning opportunities for American Indian youth to increase positive outcomes in their school, community and family environments. Lynnann Yazzie, Navajo, will serve as Project Coordinator and Tami Patterson as the project’s Bookkeeper.
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 12, 2014 (previously May 1, 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
For those of you who attended the 2014 UNITY Midyear Conference, please take a few minutes to complete the online conference evaluation form, which is available HERE.
Your feedback helps guide the UNITY staff as they plan future conferences and related activities.
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.”