The Midyear Conference agenda is attached. This is the final version and supercedes all previous drafts.
Annual UNITY Midyear Conference to take place February 11-15, 2015
Mesa, AZ—Nearly 200 Native American youth and advisors from across the country, representing tribal communities and youth councils, will gather for a week-long youth leadership conference in Washington DC. The United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY, Inc.) will host its annual midyear conference, with programming focused on youth leadership development, training for youth leader advisors, networking, and cultural exchange.
The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City from February 11 - 15, 2015. Agenda highlights include a visit to Capitol Hill where youth councils will visit with representatives from congress, youth forums and exclusive dialogue with invited guests from the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and youth council presentations and sharing of community service projects.
Free training offered 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 April in Rapid City, South Dakota. 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 Hilton Garden Inn from April 10-12, 2015. There is no registration fee.
This TNL training, featuring renowned lead trainer Jeri Brunoe of the Wasco Tribe, focuses on culturally relevant leadership development and 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
What an exciting year and busy year it has been for me. My focus has been working with the homeless population in the greater Phoenix area, a project that I hold dear to my heart. For many people, homelessness can be just one paycheck away. According to the Department of Economic Security’s 2013 annual report, 27,877 adults and children experience homelessness in Arizona, with Maricopa County representing 64% of the state’s homeless population.
By providing food, warm clothing and toiletries I have taken to the streets a couple times a month to serve food and distribute my donations. In addition, I have been working with a local group that focuses on serving the homeless and providing them with my photography skills. They use my pictures to promote service on their social media pages and in publications.
On Friday January 23rd, UNITY youth from 15 youth councils attended the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl Practice Sessions at Scottsdale Community College. Some youth and their advisors traveled for more than four hours to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity.
The Pro Bowl features elite players from each of the teams in the National Football League. The practice consisted of two sessions, lasting approximately one hour each. Team Irvin took the field first in their fluorescent orange colored gear and ran offensive and defensive drills. A number of players then took time to sign autographs for fans.