The Page High School UNITY Council in Arizona was recently featured in Indian Country Today newspaper highlighting their efforts in coordinating their contest pow wow. The UNITY council was successful in their efforts to hold the pow wow despite a few setbacks. Under the leadership of advisor Shannon Secody, the youth council also completed other activities throughout the school year including producing PSAs for healthy lifestyles, attending the UNITY Midyear Meeting in Washington DC, and just recently, being selected as a recipient of a National Park Foundation Active Trails grant for their project "Journey through Waterways and Walkways to Wellness."
Good job Page HS UNITY Council!
Read the article in Indian Country Today here.
Pictured are a few members of The Page HS UNITY Council after a presentation to the Page School Board members regarding their activities throughout the year.
The following is the text of an April 16 news release that was issued in observance of UNITY's 37th birthday.
UNITY CELEBRATES 37TH BIRTHDAY
Oklahoma City, OK—Thanks to an organization called UNITY, Native American youth across the country are taking charge of their lives by serving others. Many were inspired to do so after attending a National UNITY Conference. Three decades and seven years ago on April 16, 1976, United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. was incorporated in the State of Oklahoma. Commonly known by its acronym as UNITY, the organization is an outgrowth of a dropout prevention and cultural retention project funded by the Office of Indian Education.
The Center for Native American Youth recently honored five Champions for Change and brought them to Washington, DC to "spotlight their stories and promote hope in Indian country."
Sarah Schilling, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, was one of the youth honored. Sarah is currently serving as a member of the National UNITY Council Executive Committee and is a founding member of the Waganakising Eshkiniigijik UNITY Council. Read the March 18 article featured on IndianCountryTodayMediaNetwork.com to learn more about Sarah and the other youths' experiences during their visit to the nation's capital.
In a more recent Indian Country Today story, Sarah talked about her influences and background that led to a leadership role within her community and beyond.
Congratulations to Sarah for the honor awarded by the Center for Native American Youth and a much deserved thanks for the dedicated and successful efforts that make her a Champion for Change.
"The Red Lake Nation Youth Council visited the Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota on March 13 to participate in the 6th Annual Youth Day. The group spent the day educating policy leaders about the benefits of quality youth development programming and engaged youth in the legislative process."
“All young people need and deserve high-quality youth development experiences that will prepare them for life, and the Red Lake Nation has a great opportunity to do our part to help the youth in our community succeed,” said Marilyn Mountain, youth council advisor."
Read the rest of the story online at IndianCountryTodayMediaNetwork.com.
NDNSpark is an online community for Native youth to use as they develop into the next generation of leaders. This specific web tool is designed to assist 13-24 year olds set, track, and achieve their goals. The top priority of the NDNSpark team is to promote community service, inspire teens and young adults to lead a healthy lifestyle, and help mold tomorrow's leaders.