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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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Visit Us at NIEA

UNITY is participating in the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Convention and Tradeshow taking place this week, October 4 – 7, at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, Florida. We will be at exhibitor booth #502. Please stop by and say hi. We look forward to visiting with you!

UNITY Wellness Warriors at Phoenix Indian Center’s GONA

UNITY’s Wellness Warriors Manager, LorenAshley Buford, was one of four facilitators at the Phoenix Indian Center’s GONA (Gathering of Native Americans) community event on September 9, 2017. GONA is a culture-based planning process where community members gather to address community-identified issues. It uses an interactive approach that empowers and supports tribes and Native youth.

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Thank You TNL: Best Wishes to Two UNITY Staff Members

The Today’s Native Leader’s national youth leadership initiative, a four-year cooperative agreement between UNITY and the US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), concluded on September 30, 2017. The successful project was designed to offer regional and national training and learning opportunities for American Indian youth to increase positive outcomes in their school, community and family environments. The program was led by Wendy Weston, Program Manager, and Lynnann Yazzie, Program Coordinator.  Read More

The August 28, 2017 Issue of e-News Weekly Available

The August 28, 2017 issue of UNITY e-News Weekly is available online HERE. Just follow the link to read all the articles, including:

Support UNITY through our CFC Campaign,
Wellness Warriors Spotlight: Interview with Indigikitchen,
Today’s Native Leaders in Lower Elwha Klallam,
Indigenous H.E.R.O Project: National UNITY Council Initiative,
Has Your Information Changed? Update Your UNITY Youth Council Profile Today!,
A Wellness Diary Right in Your Pocket, and
UNITY Earth Ambassador Profile: Tatiana Ticknor.

Wellness Warriors Interview with 4 Directions Media

UNITY’s Wellness Warriors has partnered with 4 Directions Media to develop their new mobile app. Here is a behind the scenes look at the company that worked with the UNITY team to take Native youth’s ideas of wellness and incorporate it into a mobile app.

Interview with 4 Directions Media founder, Wyatt Redshield Gilmore (Navajo, British-American)

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Wellness Warriors to Launch Phase II of App at the National AISES Conference

Check out Wellness Warrior Dyami Thomas’ latest video explaining the updates to the UNITY’s Wellness Warriors mobile app. The Wellness Warriors team will be announcing these updates at the National AISES Conference in Denver, Colorado this week!

What’s New? Following native youth feedback, we have incorporated a pedometer with GPS to help track your Fitness 40 activities. Read More

The Power of UNITY’s Network: Alumni reconnects at Santo Domingo Pueblo 

Santo Domingo, NM – The Santo Domingo Pueblo Education Department welcomed UNITY staff member Jared Massey for a weekend of service, culture, food, and fellowship. UNITY, Inc. has an established relationship with tribes across the Southwest, with the Santo Domingo Pueblo being one of many. 
On June 16, 2009, Kewa Teens Reaching Unity Through Harmony (T.R.U.T.H) Council was founded by Governor Everett F. Chavez, Lt. Governor Paul Rosetta, and the Santo Domingo Tribal Council for the benefit of the tribe’s youth. Kewa T.R.U.T.H consists of Santo Domingo Pueblo youth between the ages of 15-24. The majority of the involved students attend Santa Fe Indian School and Bernallio High School.

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