"Technology and Tradition for Today and Tomorrow" has been selected as the theme for the 2013 National UNITY Conference, The five day conference will be held July 12 - 16 at the Marriott Warner Center Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.
The Early Bird registration rate runs from now until May 31st. Registration, workshop and exhibitor forms are available for download on this website.
A larger version of the conference flyer is available for viewing here.
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.
Kelsey Leonard, former National UNITY Council Co-President, recently became the first Native woman to graduate from England's Oxford University. Kelsey, a Shinnecock from Long Island, NY, completed her master's degree in Water Science, Policy and Management and is now a consultant to various organizations on environmental policy and resource management related issues.
According to Oxford's St Cross College website, "Before coming to Oxford, Ms. Leonard served as a youth leader within the United American Indians of Delaware Valley, Philadelphia, PA. She went on to become the executive co-President of a national Native Youth Organization called UNITY. She was also the first member of the Shinnecock Nation to graduate from Harvard University, where she served within various Native undergraduate organizations including the All Ivy Native Council and the Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP)." Read the rest of this story on the St Cross College website.
Kelsey, congratulations from your UNITY family!