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National UNITY Conference to Host Taiwan Indigenous Youth

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For the third year in four years, the National UNITY Conference will feature a Taiwan Indigenous youth delegation who are members of the Vox Nativa Choir. Taiwan, which sits more than 100 miles off the southeast coast of mainland China, is believed to be the homeland of the Austronesian people. In Taiwan, there are 16 Indigenous ethnicities. Those attending the National UNITY Conference will represent the Amis, Bunun, and Paiwan people.

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National Conference Logo Contest Winner


The winner of the 2017 National UNITY Conference logo contest winner is Anthony Hurtado! He is 17 years old and from the Tohono O’odham Nation. Anthony currently lives in Valley Center, California. His submission was the inspiration for the final logo which will be featured on conference material at the 2017 national event.

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Denver Local Planning Committee gears up for National UNITY Conference

Members of the Denver Local Planning Committee (LPC) are working hard to ensure Native youth and advisors enjoy a wonderful National UNITY Conference experience next month in Denver. The LPC is made up of several Native youths and adult members from the Denver metro area who have been meeting since late last year.

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Preparations Underway for TNL National Summit

Preparations are well underway for the Today’s Native Leaders National Summit, to be held from 8:30 a.m – 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 6 at the Hyatt Regency Denver, Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO.

Over the past 3 and one-half years, UNITY has been in partnership with the US Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to conduct regional and national gatherings that help prepare youth to gain valuable real life experiences while preparing them for successful future leadership roles.

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Deadline for Scholarship Applications Extended!

UNITY has extended the deadline for the 2017 Golda Cook Memorial Scholarship and Cook Native American Ministries Scholarship
Application to Friday, June 16, 2017.

UNITY will award four individuals (two young women and two young men) $1,000 each, during the 2017 National UNITY Conference.

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All-Star Speakers and Trainers Announced

UNITY is excited to announce Steven Paul Judd and Tatanka Means will be featured guest speakers at the 2017 National UNITY Conference set for July 6-10, 2017 in Denver, Colorado!

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UNITY Participates In 2017 Navajo Nation Economic Summit

United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) was an exhibitor at the 2nd Annual Navajo Nation Economic Summit. The event was held from May 8-10 at the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort near Flagstaff, Arizona.

UNITY was fortunate to be randomly selected through a drawing at an Arizona American Indian Chamber of Commerce luncheon to receive a complimentary booth, as well as registration and entry into the golf tournament. UNITY project coordinators, Lynnann Yazzie and Joshua Tso, provided Native youth programming information for conference attendees.

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Free post-conference training available! Learn how to become an effective youth advocate!

You’ve got the message. We’ve got the tools. Join us for a Native Youth Communications Bootcamp (#NYCB) for UNITY attendees on July 10, 1 pm – 5 pm. Hosted by UNITY in partnership with WeRNative and the Center for Native American Youth, this immersive half-day training session will teach strategies for effective advocacy messaging, techniques for maximum reach and engagement, and give Native youth a jump start on designing and launching the digital change campaign of their choice. Registration is limited to the first 50 youth who sign up.

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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 j.tso@unityinc.org, 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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