Resources to Stay Connected: Virtual Youth Council Meetings

Did you know Youth Council members can and should stay connected during this time of social distancing? It is very important for groups to gather together, grow relationships and continue working towards goals and project plans.Meetings can continue to happen using technology. Each Youth Council is unique and has a purpose. Keep that UNITY Fire burning by fanning the flame of each member.

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Update on 2020 National Conference

As we look forward to the 2020 National UNITY Conference in Washington, DC, we want to assure you that the health and safety of our attendees is our top priority. We are closely monitoring health advisories and updates from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

Your patience is appreciated as we continue to assess the impact on our conference, with many variables to factor in. We intend to update and notify you of any changes promptly. Please know, our conference team continues to meet as scheduled, planning, and working towards another wonderful UNITY gathering.

We plan to extend the early bird registration rate, which will be posted soon on our website. Please check our website regularly and feel free to share this information with your network.

Stay safe, and stay healthy,
Mary Kim Titla
Executive Director, UNITY, Inc.

New Scholarships Available from American Indian College Fund

Full Circle Scholarship is OPEN!

The application is now open for the College Fund’s Full Circle Scholarship for Native students. CLICK HERE to learn more about this fantastic opportunity and apply! Share with your friends at www.collegefund.org/scholarships.

Visit the College Fund’s Student Resources pages to explore these and many more opportunities.

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Your story matters because you matter

“We were all tribal people at one time. No matter where you come from. Learn about your heritage. Your family lineage is an important part of your personal story,” said Mary Kim Titla, UNITY Executive Director, speaking earlier this month at Colorado Mesa University (CMU) in Grand Junction, Colorado. Titla was invited to share her insights about the power of storytelling and how effective storytelling can help others, build confidence, and bring about change. Read More

UNITY Alumni named New Creative Director to Growing Urban Native Era

Photo: Courtesy of Morgan Kidder

Urban Native Era’s new creative director, Hud Oberly, adds endless possibilities to the brand’s ever-growing community.
When Hud Oberly (Osage, Caddo, Comanche) was announced as the new creative director of Urban Native Era (UNE) at the beginning of March he immediately went from a commonly-seen model for the brand to decision-maker of all things creative. To some, it came as a surprise, but more so as news that he would be leaving his previous position. It would not take long for his daily duties to shift, but he and Founder/CEO Joey Montoya (Lipan Apache) will tell you the official announcement was, well, just that. The two had already begun planning their first Urban Native Era Experience months before the public announcement.

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Peer Guide Shares Mental Health Resources

In a message from Toiyabe Family Services Youth Prevention and Circles of Care, UNITY Peer Guide Leticia Gonzales shares mental health resources for Native youth and families. Leticia Lucille Gonzales, is an enrolled member of the Bishop Paiute Tribe in Bishop, California and serves as a UNITY Healing Indigenous Lives ambassador.

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Chickasaw Youth Council attends youth summit in Washington, D.C.

(Courtesy of the Chickasaw Nation)

The Chikasha Pehlichi Ikbi “Creating Chickasaw Leaders” Youth Leadership Program recently attended the Close Up Foundation’s annual American Indian Youth Summit in Washington, D.C. During the summit, CPI youth leaders had the opportunity to engage in workshops with others from different tribal communities. 

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