- Published on Sunday, 04 October 2015 19:02
The United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) and Phoenix Union High School District’s Native American Education Program are working together to implement the “Students Together Against Negative Decision” campaign by teaching the NativeSTAND curriculum to empower Native American teens with positive self-identity by making healthy choices in their lives.
UNITY received an award from Inter Tribal Council of Arizona Inc. (ITCA) to implement the NativeSTAND curriculum centered on health and personal identity. The curriculum was developed by a multi-disciplinary workgroup that included Native youth, a Native elder, public health and youth development experts, and health curriculum developers. It is designed to meet the needs of today's Native youth. It honors tradition and culture, while at the same time it meets the needs of those who walk between two different, but interconnected, worlds. While NativeSTAND acknowledges that Native youth face many of the same challenges as mainstream youth, it embraces the power and significance of their traditional teachings and cultural strengths.
- Published on Tuesday, 08 September 2015 16:32
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The 2016 date has been announced for the annual UNITY Golf Classic, benefiting Native youth. The event will take place on Monday, February 15, (President's Day) at the Talking Stick Golf Club, an enterprise of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
REGISTER ONLINE HERE.
REGISTERING WITH A CHECK? If yes, please download the attached flyer that includes a form to complete and mail with your payment.
- Published on Tuesday, 29 September 2015 16:29
The 2016 UNITY Midyear Conference will take place February 12-15, 2016 in Mesa, Arizona.
The event promotes a program focused on youth leadership development, training for youth leader advisors, networking, and cultural exchange. Additionally, participating youth will discuss content and help plan the 40th Anniversary National UNITY Conference.
To REGISTER TODAY, please click here!
- Published on Monday, 28 September 2015 14:21
As Suicide Prevention Month comes to an end, UNITY wishes to thank everyone for participating in the #IwillLive photo/essay contest. Kiana Factor, Sioux/Creek/Comanche and a UNITY youth, shares her story about struggles many youth face. She hopes her story will encourage Native youth to celebrate life.
When something bad happens, you have three choices: you can let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you. We all have had our good and bad days, but what matters most, is what you learn and take away from those days that makes you stronger..
At a young age, you never really know how to deal with the different situations life throws at you. In my twenty- four years, I have had my fair share of depression. When I was 16, I fell in love for the first time. It was during my sophomore year in high school, we were together for about a year and a half, and at that time, a year and a half felt like a long time. After we had moved on, graduated, and went on with our lives. We never really kept in contact, as is the case when a relationship ends. Then one night I received a random phone call from him. He asked how I was doing and where I had decided to go to school, and I asked him the same. It was when we had hung up that I began to wonder what was really going on with him and his life. I hadn’t tried to contact him after that to find out more, but I wish I had.
- Published on Thursday, 24 September 2015 19:54
The Learning to Lead: The Impact of Youth Organizing on the Educational and Civic Trajectories of Low-Income Youth report examines the ways that participation in youth organizing groups while in high school impacts the educational and civic trajectories of young adults. The study, conducted by UCLA Professor John Rogers and USC Professor Veronica Terriquez, compares the experiences of former members of youth organizing groups to those of a randomly selected sample of young adults who never participated in youth organizing while in high school. Rogers and Terriquez find that youth organizing alumni are far more likely than comparable peers across California to enroll in four-year colleges and universities and engage in various civic activities in early adulthood. These findings provide further evidence for the value of youth organizing: In addition to building power and garnering significant policy “wins,” youth organizing groups are powerful agents for youth development.
You may read/download the complete report HERE.