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.
Preparations continue to move forward for the Today's Native Leaders Training Academy that will take place in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in October.
For those considering attending, please read through the attached information / registration packet and email the project staff any questions you may have.
For those planning to participate, download the attached materials, complete the registration forms and follow the submission process detailed in the packet.
The Ft. Lauderdale event flyer, which has basic information concerning the Academy, is also attached for viewing and downloading.
Please email or call the UNITY office at (480) 718-9793 with your questions.
We hope you're as excited as we are about the upcoming event and we look forward to meeting you in Ft. Lauderdale.
UNITY Calls for National Moment of Silence
on World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10
UNITY staff members gathered in the office and shared a moment of silence on September 10 to remember the many Native youth who have been lost to suicide.
Mesa, Arizona— United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) will observe a moment of silence on World Suicide Prevention Day in memory of Native American youth who have committed suicide. Started by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2003, World Suicide Prevention Day brings together individuals and organizations with an interest in suicide prevention, and mobilizes efforts to save lives.
According to IASP, every year, almost one million people die from suicide; this roughly corresponds to one death every 40 seconds. The number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined.
"The suicide rate for young Native Americans is more than three times the national average and up to 10 times the national average on some reservations", said Mary Kim Titla, Executive Director of UNITY.