Kelly Charley was featured in the Fall 2014 issue of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Winds of Change magazine. You may read the story online HERE. Also, on page 11 of the same issue, there is a sidebar story about Kelly being honored as a member of the inaugural class of UNITY's 25 Under 25 program.
Much of Kelly Charley's life has been spent with her grandparents in Sweetwater, Ariz., a small town in a rural area. Working with their farm animals made her curious about why things are the way they are. The natural world is full of mystery, Charley discovered, but science has come up with a wealth of explanations. Her mother majored in chemistry, and mother's interest became Charley's interests. Charley learned a great deal just from working on her grandparents' property. She was always interested in trying new things and understanding more.
Read the rest of the story in the online Winds of Change magazine.
Leslie Locklear, Lumbee, and a UNITY 25 Under 25 Honoree, is putting her Action Planning training into practice as she spearheads three service projects. Locklear is a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a focus on Educational Studies and Cultural Foundations. She recently served as a peer leader at the “Today Native Leaders” Training in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Her three projects include a Healing Circle for inter-generational women, college prep workshops and higher education workshops. “The first healing circle will be held in December with inter-generational women in the One Spirit Dance Group in Guilford County, North Carolina. Within the North Carolina tribal community the women of the Waccamaw Siouan tribe came together to host healing circles as a way to not only support each other but to support the entire tribal community. These women met monthly to share their time, love and support with each other and celebrate their own strength and happiness while also opening their hearts and sharing each others struggles. I want to conduct similar circles in my community with the local women in order to join us together as Native women in a more urban environment,” said Locklear.
Youth Action Planning: How to Develop an Effective Action Plan
This training Webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm MST - 3:00 pm MST. To participate in this free and informative Webinar, please register online HERE. After registering, you will be sent a link to the website where the Webinar may be viewed live at the scheduled time.
Presenters will discuss the stages of successful action planning, the processes to help youth groups bring focus to their ideas, and the steps necessary to achieve youth group goals and objectives. This is the second Webinar in the “How to Build an Effective Youth Council” series.
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United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) is a unique non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. UNITY is the only organization, which has a national network of affiliated youth councils sponsored by Tribes, Communities, Alaska Native Villages, High Schools, Colleges, and Urban Centers. Respecting sovereignty and diversity, each youth council is tailored to meet the needs and values of its community. Members of each affiliated youth council elect two youth as representatives on the National UNITY Council – thus creating a collective, national voice for Native youth. Currently, there are 145 UNITY-affiliated youth councils in 35 states.
About 70 Native American youth and their advisors from tribes across the nation addressed issues such as suicide and loss of culture at a leadership training that took place in October 2014 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
The Today's Native Leaders (TNL) training, which focused on culturally relevant leadership development, included a curriculum promoting team building activities, action planning & event promotion, developing community service projects, and guidance for creating a UNITY youth council. Several youth from the National UNITY Council Executive Committee and 25 Under 25 Leadership Program served as youth trainers.
The following video was taken during the event and shows some of the youth receiving training and working in teams to design and plan service projects that may be implemented in their respective home communities.