The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) recently published a story in its online newsletter about the "Today's Native Leaders" initiative. After reading the introductory paragraphs, click on over and read the rest of the story and view the photo gallery of highlights from the 2014 National UNITY Conference.
OJJDP and UNITY Promote "Today's Native Leaders" Initiative at National Conference
On June 28–July 3, 2014, approximately 1,400 American Indian and Alaska Native youth from across the country convened in Portland, OR, for the 2014 National UNITY Conference...
At the conference, OJJDP and UNITY educated youth about Today’s Native Leaders, a new initiative that will offer tribal youth leadership training in seven regions over the next 3 years. The trainings will provide culturally relevant leadership development opportunities and have been scheduled for Mesa, AZ, and Fort Lauderdale, FL, in 2014; Rapid City, IA, and Spokane, WA, in 2015; Palm Springs, CA, and Saint Paul, MN, in 2016; and Boston, MA, in 2017. Trainings will expand the number of UNITY youth councils and youth-led community service projects. In addition, youth trained through the initiative will have an opportunity to play leadership roles at the annual national UNITY conferences.
Read the rest of the story HERE.
The following information was provided by Antonio Davis, Youth Council Coordinator, Ak-Chin Indian Community.
Everyone is Welcome to attend Alyssa Rene Garcia's - Miss Indian Arizona 2013/2014 - Farewell Celebration on Saturday September 13, 2014. See the attached flyers for more information about the day's events and location.
Watch UNITY's PSA that premiered during halftime of Native American Heritage Night at the Phoenix Mercury vs. Atlanta Dream WNBA game on August 5! Following the game, UNITY and Shoni Schimmel hosted a post game interview. Thank you to the WNBA and Misty for promoting our message!
The following story and video was submitted by LoVina Louie and the Coeur d' Alene Youth Council.
The following story was posted on the Coeur d' Alene Press website on August 18, 2014.
WORLEY (Idaho) - The easier the questions were, the longer it took to answer.
But Louisville senior Jude Schimmel told her story and allowed for Q&A after speaking to a crowd of more than 200 at the United National Indian Tribal Youth conference here Thursday.
"Will you eat lunch with me?" one child asked.
"Will you sign my shirt?" another followed.
While the 20-year-old Native American icon was too busy for the lunch, she did sign dozens of items.
Read the rest of the story online on the Coeur d' Alene Press website.