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.
On September 11, 2014, from 4 to 5:00 p.m. ET, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in collaboration with the UNITY: Today’s Native Leaders will present “How to Build An Effective Youth Council.” This webinar will explore the powerful benefits of building an effective youth council by engaging and empowering youth voices within your community. The nuts and bolts of how to set up a UNITY youth council will also be examined.
Resource: All About Youth Councils page on the UNITY Website.
Presenters: Jeri Brunoe, Brunoe Training and Consulting and Jared Ivins-Massey, UNITY Program Support Assistant, and the National Congress of American Indians Youth Commission Member-at-Large
Register online to participate in this free and informative Webinar. Note: After registering, you will be sent a link to the website where the Webinar can be viewed live at the scheduled time.
Southeast Native Youth - Today's Native Leaders is coming to you in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida! We will host a Community Service Academy, October 24th through the 26th. The Community Service Academy is a how-to workshop for planning community service projects designed for success and tailored for tribal youth in your community. You will also learn how to establish a UNITY youth council or strengthen your existing council as part of the national UNITY network!
During the weekend of October 24th (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), UNITY staff and professional leadership trainers will be working with you to sharpen your leadership skills and work with amazing youth from your area. More detailed information will be posted on this website as it becomes available.
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.