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Wellness Warriors Offers Free Training and Pool Party

Wellness Warriors Training and Pool Party FlyerUNITY’s Wellness Warriors program will host a health and wellness training, and an app launch of the new Wellness Warriors Mobile App. The training and pool party will take place at Fort McDowell’s We Ko Pa Resort, on June 12, 2017. This hands on training will gather Native Youth input and ideas for our new Wellness Warriors app. The training will take place from 10 am to 5 pm, followed by a pool party till sun down. Food and entertainment will be provided. We are only accepting the first 100 participants. Those who want to attend may register online HERE.

For more information, download a PDF version of the Wellness Warriors Pilot Training Flyer. If you have questions, please send an email to [email protected], or call the UNITY office at (480) 718-9793.

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It’s Time to Nominate!

Honor a deserving individual (including yourself!) by nominating them for one of the following awards: JR Cook Youth Council Advisor of the Year, Eddie Wadda Alumni of the Year or the Gold Cook $1,000 Scholarship. The awards will be presented at the 2017 National UNITY Conference Banquet on Sunday, July 9, in Denver, Colorado.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, June 2, 2017. 

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Workshops Announced for 2017 National UNITY Conference

Among the many exciting events and programs taking place at this year’s national conference are the workshops being presented on Sunday, July 9. Attendees will have more than 40 different workshops to choose from.

Topics for the workshops are included in one of four sections; Career, Culture, Environment and Health.  In the Career section, youth Peer Leader and UNITY  25 Under 25 past recipient Claullen Tillman (Eastern Shoshone) will do a presentation on customer service and how to apply these skills in the hospitality and gaming industries, now located on or near many reservations across the country.

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UNITY’s Wellness Warriors Participate in Healthy Kids! Healthy Futures! Conference

UNITY’s Wellness Warriors team had the opportunity to attend the “Healthy Kids! Healthy Futures!” conference, hosted by the Notah Begay III Foundation, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Following the NB3Foundation mission statement, to reduce Native American childhood obesity and type-2 diabetes, the conference touched on many more issues regarding the health and wellness in Indian country with the intent to share solutions among health providers. 

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My Brothers Keeper Alliance Youth Summit

UNITY Alumni and the UNITY Wellness Warrior team attended the “Empowering & Equipping Tomorrow’s Native Leaders” My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Youth Summit on April 27; hosted collectively by MBK Alliance, MBK Albuquerque, and the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow, brought together 100 Native young men to be change makers in their home communities.

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Native youth participate in Invisible No More

  Native American youth took center stage on May 6 in Los Angeles at the Invisible No More: Native Movement Building Summit & Celebration event sponsored by Native Americans in Philanthropy. The event, held at the Underground Museum, encouraged deep dialogues about social justice and racial healing issues, which included youth advocacy. A panel discussion entitled “Building Bridges & Dismantling Pipelines” Wisdom from Our Youth” included Ali Moran, Cheyenne River Lakota, with the Native Youth Leadership Alliance, Lacey Jackson, Hoopa, with the True North Organizing Network, Abraham Medina with Santa Ana Boys and Men of Color, and Alonzo Hunt with Black Lives Matter.
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UNITY Drum Makes Appearance at Wyandotte Powwow

The UNITY Drum, made up primarily of UNITY alumni singers, recently made its first appearance outside of the National UNITY Conference at a powwow in Wyandotte, Oklahoma. The Wynadotte nation recently held a pow wow to honor its pre-school children. Michael Killer, UNITY alumnus, served as the Head Singer.

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2017 National Conference Sponsorship Opportunities Available

In July 2017, more than 1,800 Native American and Alaska Native youth, advisors and supporters are expected to gather in Denver, CO for the National UNITY Conference. They will share their cultures and seek solutions to common community problems. They will be challenged. They will learn. They will interact and enjoy the fellowship of Native youth from throughout the United States – all in a positive, inclusive setting, and in the spirit of unity.

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Join Us! UNITY Birthday Bash Happening Tuesday, April 18!

UNITY is hosting our annual open house event, celebrating our 41st birthday! The event will take place on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, from 4-7pm. Everyone is welcome to enjoy an array of entertainment including music, raffle prizes, refreshments, snacks, and traditional performances from local youth councils.

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Freeport McMoran Inc. Provides Funding for UNITY Fire Programming

Thanks to funding provided by Freeport McMoran Inc., UNITY youth leaders, advisors and elders were able to experience the UNITY Fire ceremony and learn about fire keeping duties at the UNITY Midyear Conference held last February in Tempe, Arizona. The UNITY Fire program began in the 1990s at the National UNITY Conference. A Seneca elder, the late Warren Skye, helped to develop what has become a sacred and safe place for cultural sharing and healing for young and old alike.

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