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Applications Now Open for UNITY’s 25 Under 25 Recognition Program

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Applications for UNITY’s 25 Under 25 National Youth Leadership Recognition Program are due on April 8, 2022.

The UNITY 25 Under 25 is a national youth leadership recognition program. The awards program is designed to celebrate the achievements of American Indian and Alaska Native youth ages 14 to 24 who embody UNITY’s core mission and exude living a balanced life developing their spiritual, mental, physical, and social well-being. Honorees are recognized during the National UNITY Conference, with each receiving a hand-made beaded “25 Under 25” medallion. In addition to being recognized, each awardee will receive special training by UNITY over the period of one year that is designed to build on their individual achievements. The class is recognized as UNITY ambassadors, serving as stellar examples of Native youth leadership in Indian Country today.

Apply today with the 2 Step Process:

STEP 1: Completed Nomination Form:

STEP 2: Completed Candidate Application Form and a Resume:

The purpose of UNITY’s 25 Under 25 Native Youth Leadership Program is to:

* Recognize the accomplishments of Native young people, ages 14 to 24, who are dedicated to serving their communities

* Provide training and hands-on learning activities that will increase the participants’ ability to serve their community

* Encourage rising Native leaders to aspire to greater levels of achievement

* Build a support network of ‘service to community’ minded leaders that will grow with each year; and Further the UNITY mission of building a strong, unified, and self-reliant Native America through greater youth involvement

Invitation to Apply:

UNITY is now seeking American Indian and Alaska Native youth between the ages of 14 to 24, who have shown a commitment to serving their communities, to apply for this exciting program. For additional information, please visit the UNITY website:

Application Process:

Only online completed applications received by the due date will be considered.

BOTH Steps (2 separate Online Forms) must be completed before April 8, 2022.

Incomplete packets will not be considered for the Award

The complete Application packet includes:

STEP 1: Completed Nomination Form:

STEP 2: Completed Candidate Application Form and a Resume:

Deadline Date:

Applications must be received in the UNITY office by 5:00 pm (Pacific Daylight Time) on Friday, April 8, 2022.

The selections to the 2022 class of the UNITY 25 Under 25 program will be announced in April 2022.

Youth Supplemental Information:

Applicants are encouraged to provide up to 5 supplemental materials to support their application using the following:

* News articles

* Certificates of awards

* Letters of recognition or recommendation, etc.

All supplemental materials must be included online with Youth Application Packet. Application materials will not be returned so, include copies only – no originals.


Candidates may be nominated by family members, teachers/mentors, Tribal/community leaders, peers and employers. The person making the nomination should know the applicant well and be willing to support the candidate’s application. It is the Youth Applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the Nominator is aware of this requirement and is committed to submitting the nomination as part of your online packet.


If you have questions, contact Youth Programs Director Greg Mendoza at the UNITY office at (480) 718-9793 or email


United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc.

953 E. Juanita Ave., Ste C

Mesa, Arizona 85204