UNITY's 25 Under 25 Designed to Celebrate and Mentor Youth Leaders
UNITY, will honor, recognize and celebrate the achievements of young Native people between the ages of 14 and 25 who embody UNITY’s core mission and exudes living a balanced life developing their spiritual, mental, physical and social well-being.
“We are excited to launch this new program and give Native youth a platform to be recognized for their achievements” said Mary Kim Titla, Executive Director of UNITY, Inc. “UNITY has seen many talented youth come through our program over the last 38 years, it is our hopes that success stories of those recognized through the “25 Under 25” program will inspire other youth to reach for dreams, be proud of their ancestors and maintain the best of their traditions.”
In January 2014, UNITY Executive Director, Mary Kim Titla, dedicated her 26.2 mile marathon run to the nation's Native youth. Read the story about why her run had deep meaning on many levels in an article she wrote that was recently published in Indian Country Today.
"As my feet hit the pavement mile after mile in Phoenix, Scottsdale and then Tempe, Arizona last month while running the P.F Chang's Rock and Roll Marathon, I thought of "T" and "G." "T", an 18-year-old Apache/African American woman, was raised in a foster home. Her wrists tell a sad tale, desecrated from years of cutting, a form of self-injury. "T" responded to years of bullying by getting into fights and landed in and out of juvenile jail."
Read the rest of the story HERE.
UNITY has established goals of substantially increasing the number of affiliated Native youth councils and establishing an Association of UNITY alumni to help support and further the organization's mission.
To assist in achieving these goals, UNITY is now seeking two undergraduate interns to work in its Mesa, AZ office.
Those interested are encouraged to read the attached Internship Announcement to learn how to apply. The attached document also includes a description of the position's duties, qualifications, and other related information.
The 2014 UNITY Golf Classic took place on January 24 at the Ak-Chin Indian Community's Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, AZ. Eighteen four person teams participated.
Alex Shulte, who expects to earn her WPGA card this year, was a special Celebrity Guest player. View her brief statement below, which she gave just prior to the start of the Classic.
Other videos of the day's activities are available HERE on the United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc YouTube channel.
The following message was written by the Co-Presidents of the National UNITY Council to express their appreciation for those who support UNITY's efforts.
On behalf of the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) organization, its Executive Committee and Council of Trustees, we would like to take a brief moment and give a BIG thank you to all who have reached out recently, extending warm wishes on our UNITY headquarters move to Mesa, Arizona; we had an overwhelmingly successful open house event! We greatly appreciate those who took the time to attend the event and tour the new office. We are also grateful for the numerous emails, notes and phone calls regarding our move. Our doors are always open, and invite you to stop by to see what's new and exciting at UNITY!