Catching up with UNITY Founder J.R. Cook

UNITY began through the efforts of J.R. Cook, a Cherokee from Oklahoma, who has worked with Native youth in leadership development for more than three decades. The organization grew from a small group of interested Indian youth in southwestern Oklahoma in 1976 to a national organization today with affiliated youth councils operating in 35 states and Canada. J.R. stepped down as Executive Director in 2013 to focus on writing about UNITY’s history. J.R. agreed to share more about himself and answer some questions about UNITY. Read More

UNITY Participates at AISES

UNITY joined in the 40th Anniversary celebration of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) at its annual conference held last week in Denver, Colorado. UNITY’s Executive Director Mary Kim Titla and Wellness Warriors Program Manager LorenAshley Buford addressed about 1,900 attendees during Opening Ceremonies promoting UNITY’s youth programs including the first-of-its-kind Wellness Warriors mobile app, which includes a Wellness Tracker that lets you monitor your spiritual, mental, physical, and social development through daily entries.

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