It’s the announcement you have all been waiting for — news about UNITY’s Annual Mid-Year and National Conferences!

Keeping it fun and safe are UNITY’s top priorities. With that said, the 2021 UNITY Mid-Year Conference will be a virtual conference with limited hybrid (in-person) elements and has been rescheduled for Friday, April 23rd. The Mid-Year will be hosted in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. NMAI will host a Virtual Youth Summit on Earth Day, April 22nd. More details to be shared later.

The National UNITY Conference will be an in-person event on July 2-6 in Dallas, TX. There will be a virtual component for all who cannot attend in-person.

Registration for both conferences and hotel booking will open by the end of the month. Stay tuned for more details coming soon on UNITY’s website!

We all look forward to connecting safely! It’s been a year of reinvention. Thank you for staying resilient! Look for the following hashtags on social media:

  • 2021 Midyear: #MYUNITY2021
  • 2021 Nationals: #UNITY2021 #NativeYouth2021

Idyllwild Arts Open House for Native Students interested in World Class Arts Education

Join us for one of four online Information sessions designed specifically for Native American students, families, and parents curious about the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program (all ages) or Idyllwild Arts Academy (grades 9-12 + postgrad). Faculty, alumni, and staff will share information about attending high school or summer camp on our beautiful mountain campus in the middle of Cahuilla Country, as well as about our online learning options, our new Gap Year program, and scholarship opportunities. Each session is a one-stop shop packed with information.

Dates:   Thursday, January 21, 2021, 4pm PST
               Thursday, February 25, 2021, 4pm PST
               Thursday, March 25, 2021, 4pm PST


Oh yes! We have scholarships for the following workshop (all supplies included!) check it out! 

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January 25, 2021
Mary Kim Titla, Executive Director
(480) 718-9793
[email protected]


Mesa, AZ – United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) has announced that the application process is now open for the 2021 circle of its Earth Ambassadors Leadership Program. The environmental stewardship program (which was started in the 1990’s) was re-established in 2015 with the support of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. Read More

I would be lost without my culture

Healing Indigenous Lives Youth Submission: Natane Pelkey, Cheyenne and Arapaho

By sharing my experience of getting through hard times and my mental health struggles, I can help other native youth who may be going through similar situations. I was put into the Child Services when I was young. It honestly is a struggle to talk about it even to this day. Growing up without parents can be very hard. Around 9 years old, my sister and I were taken away from our mother in Oklahoma after we moved to escape my father’s abuse in Iowa. We were placed with our grandparents who helped shape who I am today.

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Learn with Alumni: Healing Through Sport

Look at healing properties of sport and traditional games with UNITY Alumni Robert Johnston.  As some sporting events and gatherings have been postponed, join Coach Rob in examining the origins of the wellness foundation built into our indigenous identities. Robert works closely with the Native Wellness Institute. The Native Wellness Institute exists to promote the well-being of Native people through programs and trainings that embrace the teachings and traditions of our ancestors.

Learn with Alumni: CHANCE W/GR8NESS hosts Judith LeBlanc

UNITY Alumni Chance Rush hosts Judith LeBlanc, the Director of Native Organizers Alliance, was able to make an impact on the NativeVote  in 2020 by engaging the “Moccasins on the Ground” movement. LeBlanc shares her life long path being involved in the struggling for justice, from Massachusetts to Oklahoma: “with a high heel on one foot and a moccasin on the other”. In the 2020 election, we had the”most natives who voted ever” with states like Arizona and Nevada, where the Native Vote had a huge impact on the election outcomes. LeBlanc shares that unless we are organized, Indian Country won’t be able to take advantage of the new and upcoming opportunities.

Resources: Youth Disaster Preparedness Projects

Here’s an opportunity for students to build their knowledge, leadership skills and their college resumes. The Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) was created in 2012 to bring together youth leaders interested in supporting disaster preparedness and making a difference in their communities by completing disaster preparedness projects nationally and locally. The application opened this week for students 8th through 11th grade.   Read More

Learning with Alumni: Emcee One on Lateral Violence

Watch and Learn with UNITY lead trainer and Alumni Marcus “Emcee One” Guinn for more tools to better understand and address lateral violence.

The UNITY Network Voted in 2020 on their top ten issues facing Native youth, and #5 most common response was “Bullying, gossiping, cultural bullying or lateral violence”.  Let’s work together to address this. In some homes, young Native people grow up witnessing the isolating effects of poverty, substance abuse, domestic violence, and feeling “less than.” Without social supports, they may want to make themselves feel better and release their anger and frustration, so may resort to bullying others, including other AI/AN youth. Read More